What is Hydrostatic Testing and How Does it Work?

fuel cylinder Hydrostatic testing is a critical test for fueling station safety. Rykin Pump Company offer hydrostatic testing in Texas for LPG equipment.

What is Hydrostatic Testing?

Hydrostatic testing is used to test fuel tanks, pipelines, and other pressure vessels for strength, and to visually detect leaks. It is a hazardous test to perform, but it essential for ensuring that your equipment does not have any defects. Competent technicians, like those at Rykin Pump Company, can perform hydrostatic testing to ensure the safety of everyone at your facility.

How Hydrostatic Testing Works

The testing process for fuel tanks involves filling the vessel with water or oil, which is then pressurized. Hydraulic fluid or oil is used in systems where water could cause contamination issues with the system. Sometimes dyes are added to the liquid so that any leaks that are detected are easy to see. The pressure applied to the liquid is much higher than the normal pressure to ensure that the tanks are safe.

Technicians performing hydrostatic testing are looking for leaks or changes in shape. These abnormalities make it unsafe to use that equipment.

How Often Do I Need Hydrostatic Testing?

You should have your fuel tanks testing on a regular basis, about every two years. Visual inspections should be done annually.

Contact Rykin Pump Company today to have hydrostatic testing done at your facility.