Hydrostatic testing procedures can be used in a number of industries including the automotive industry and petrochemical industry. The process ensures that components are safe and effective to use, and if they aren’t the component will be either repaired or scrapped. While it seems simple, hydro testing requires some careful planning to ensure that the process goes off without any issues. Here’s what you need to know about this type of testing and how it can help your business as well as your bottom line.

An Introduction to Hydrostatic Testing 

The hydrostatic testing process has been around for decades, but only recently has it been adapted for high-pressure industrial applications. The process basically involves submerging a product under water and then increasing pressure until a leak is detected. When leaks occur, they’re pinpointed quickly so repairs can be made right away, preventing costly damage to other parts of a system or facility.

How Much Does it Cost?

While Hydrostatic testing isn’t terribly expensive, it does have a price tag attached to it. Depending on what you’re testing, there are a number of factors that can increase or decrease your final cost. For example, if you’re only testing one product (e.g., one pipe), you won’t be paying for multiple tests or multiple products at once reducing your overall price per unit.

When Should I Get Tested? 

When it comes to hydrostatic testing, there are many benefits to getting tested early in your product development. The earlier you test, the less likely you will have any unwanted defects throughout your final product. However, while it is important to get tested early, you should make sure that you leave enough time to fix any issues if any arise before getting a full final test. After all, nobody wants a faulty product!

What Do I Have to Do Before the Test?

A hydrostatic test can be one of three types: First Proof Pressure, Proof and Inspection, or a Double Proof. Each type has its own particular set of requirements. For example, for a first proof test, you’ll need to prove your pressurised piping system is capable of supporting at least 25% above its normal working pressure. Then you’ll need to fill it with water and pass that water through additional tests until you’re satisfied it’s leak-free.

The Benefits with Outsourcing Hydrostatic Testing 

As it becomes increasingly evident, having effective hose assemblies at your site can significantly reduce the risk of accidents, leaks, unforeseen outages and environmental pollution. Hydro-testers are highly trained professionals who can assist chemical, industrial and other companies in staying on top of hydrostat specifications.

After the Test

After testing is complete, a full report of results is given and all necessary repairs can be made before putting these systems back into operation. For example, after completing a Hydro test, if an area was found to have a leak that needs to be repaired, it can be fixed immediately. The sooner you address your leaks and any other problems discovered during testing, before they cause serious damage and become expensive fixes.

By Rachel

Rachel Cohen: Rachel is a sustainability consultant who blogs about corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practices.