Freeze your Pipes, Save the Environment
The health of the environment is something that has been a topic of concern for nearly two decades now. Even the tiniest of waste can snowball into huge effects in our water and largely, our homes. You’re probably wondering what pipeline maintenance has to do with environmental sustainability. Let us educate you. When it comes to performing traditional pipeline maintenance, typically you would first need to drain the pipes, but what exactly are in those pipes, what exactly is being drained and more importantly, where is the waste going? More often than not, those pipes are being drained into our sewers and contain toxic chemicals (inhibitors, glycol, etc.) that are extremely damaging to the environment and on top of all that, these chemicals are also very costly; costing thousands of dollars. Now, let’s say we’re only draining water from the pipes; this can’t be too bad for the environment? Wrong. Draining water is still costly for the environment because you are required to dump thousands of liters of tainted water. This is considered poor maintenance practice and there are better and more eco-friendly alternatives to draining your pipes. Enter pipe freezing.
Pipe freezing is a practice that has been popular in places in Europe like the UK for over 40 years, but very seldom seen In North America. Pipe freezing uses liquid nitrogen to create an isolated plug for pipeline maintenance. This means that work can be done on the pipes without system shutdowns and without the need for draining. The entire process of draining, dumping, and wasting is completely eliminated. So now you’re probably wondering why pipe freezing isn’t more popular here in North America. The reason is because the general public is unaware of its existence and its benefits. Not only is pipe freezing the most eco-friendly method of pipeline maintenance, it also carries these incredible benefits:
- Low cost
- Faster process
- Avoidance of system shut downs
With climate change becoming more prevalent every year, we must closely monitor our actions in everything we do. Reducing the amount of toxic chemicals we dump into sewers by even the slightest margin will help protect our environment and provide sustainability for our future. With North America being the biggest culprit and contributors to global warming, the public must be educated on pipe freezing and take the initiatives to incorporate it in all pipeline maintenance practices. To learn more about pipe freezing visit Pipe Freezing.