What Is Composite Pipe Repair — and How Can You Find the Right Provider?

Leaks are inevitable and can range from minor inconveniences to operational emergencies. When they occur, facility managers understand that, to safeguard the environment and restore productivity, repairs are required as quickly as possible, so how they respond is of paramount importance. In almost all cases, choosing a repair option like composite pipe wraps can help ensure facility managers get the safest, most effective solution possible.

Why choose composite pipe repairs?

Product manufacturers have traditionally used two approaches to pipe repair: instant leak repair kits involving water-activated prepackaged materials, which generally provide temporary low-end fixes, and custom-engineered repairs in which repair specialists consider specific pipe defects before manufacturing tailor-made solutions.

Both of these methods have their benefits, but there’s also a third option. Onstream leak repair using composite solutions offers facility leaders an efficient and cost-effective solution that combines the benefits of easy-to-use instant kits and custom-engineered solutions. In onstream leak repair, crews install high-strength corrosion-resistant composite sleeves manufactured for a wide variety of applications — and safety authority preapproval expedites these repairs.

Compared to the typical technician inspection process, engineer approval, manufacturing, and installation of custom-engineered solutions, this alternative allows for a wide range of product repairs with quick implementation. But facility managers still need to find the right composite leak repair provider.

Finding a provider that’s right for you

Generally, potential composite repair issues fall into three categories: insufficient surface preparation, incorrect material selection, and installer inexperience. As facility leaders are responsible for both operational safety and efficiency, ensuring every repair is successful requires finding a repair provider who sends well-trained crews to their sites. With the proper training, composite pipe repair professionals also help facility managers avoid failures due to improper material use and lack of sufficient surface prep.

In fact, crews familiar with their materials and procedures also help facility managers avoid future issues. Not only do expert crews use the right data to determine a leak’s size and severity but they also verify they’ve achieved a proper National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) profile before applying composite wraps. This due diligence helps ensure long-lasting repairs.

Partner with a single-source provider

To expedite the repair process and ensure quality, partnering with a single-source provider with flexible, cross-trained crews can be incredibly beneficial. With proven methods like total flange management, turnkey hot tapping services, and testing and isolation solutions, they can eliminate the environmental, production, and safety concerns leaks can cause. And, as repair needs can change quickly depending on the severity of the situation, retaining a crew with extensive product knowledge allows for flexibility in any fix.

Got corrosion? Innovator’s CUI Rapid Detection OM3 can check your pipes for pitting and corrosion before you spring a leak — without interrupting production.

Capable, cross-trained Innovator crews can bring diverse expertise, cutting-edge technology, and creative solutions to you and your company. Learn how: Contact us by email at info@InnovatorInd.com, by phone at (855) 436-4666, or on our website.