Pipeline explosions can cause extensive damage to property and even loss of life. According to statistics, a pipeline burns or erupts in the United States every four days. Below are five of the most common causes of pipeline explosions.
One of the most common causes of pipeline explosions is corrosion. Corrosion can occur when piping systems are exposed to water or other liquids, which can cause the pipes to deteriorate over time. This deterioration can eventually lead to cracks or holes in the pipe, allowing gas or other flammable substances to escape and cause an explosion. It is critical to regularly inspect and maintain the pipes to avoid corrosion in the piping system.
2. Improper Installation
With the high pressures of most piping systems, they must be installed correctly. If piping is not installed properly, it can result in leaks or other damage that eventually lead to an explosion. Improper installation can also cause pipes to become loose over time, creating the perfect conditions for an explosion. To ensure that the piping system is installed correctly, hiring a qualified and experienced contractor is important.
3. Manufacturing Defects
Another common cause of pipeline explosions is manufacturing defects. This can occur when pipes are not made to the proper specifications or contain flaws that make them more susceptible to damage. In some cases, manufacturing defects can be caught before the pipes are installed. However, they may not be discovered in other cases until after an explosion has occurred.
It is important to note that even if a piping system meets all of the necessary safety standards, it can still be at risk for an explosion if it contains manufacturing defects. For this reason, it is always important to purchase piping from a reputable manufacturer.
4. Poor Maintenance
Once piping systems are installed, it is essential to maintain them properly. This includes regular inspections and repairs of any damage that is found. If a piping system is not properly maintained, it can become weaker and eventually lead to an explosion.
5. Excavation Work
Having excavation work done near a piping system can also lead to an explosion. This is because the excavation process can damage the pipes, creating cracks or holes. These cracks and holes can allow gas or other flammable substances to escape and cause an explosion.
Pipeline explosions can be caused by various factors, including corrosion, manufacturing defects, or damage during installation or transport. By understanding the most common causes of pipeline explosions, you can help to prevent them from happening.
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