An experienced, licensed welding company can help municipalities and businesses maintain water piping, making necessary repairs as needed. We can also install new materials to improve existing pipelines or increase the mileage covered.
According to National Geographic, in 2014, there were twenty-six miles of water supply mains for every mile of interstate highway. However, the U.S. Department of Transportation: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has recognized the growth of the pipeline industry, consequently increasing the number of inspections they perform on new construction of water piping.
The pipes used to transport water from, let’s say, water treatment plants to commercial facilities are typically made of metal and then welded to form continuous supply lines underground. Among the most common materials used is steel that has been treated with a zinc coating, meaning it is galvanized, and cast iron.
Standard Welding Methods for Water Piping
Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
Also known as Metal Inert Gas (MIG), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) is a standard industrial welding process utilized for raw materials ranging from 24-gauge to 1/2-inch thick, making it one of the most flexible options. It uses a consumable wire called an electrode continuously fed through a welding gun, subsequently melting, ensuring durable welds on the metal. Shielding gas is also applied to protect the weld from various elements in the atmosphere in which the welds are being completed.
Gas Tungsten Arc Gas Welding (GTAW)
For projects in which thicker materials must be fused, Gas Tungsten Arc Gas Welding (GTAW) or Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) is a solid choice that is equally versatile, as it allows unsurpassed control. It is also ideal for producing welds on lightweight materials, such as aluminum. In contrast to GMAW, GTAW uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode, meaning it does not melt into the weld pool. However, a filler may be added to the process, depending on the project.
Schedule an Appointment with an Experienced Welder
Vic’s Welding Co., LLC. is a licensed and insured welding and metal fabrication company serving commercial clients in the Valley since 1996. Our licensed, bonded, and insured company is ‘U’ and ‘R’ stamped certified through the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.
Please contact us at (623) 925-5695 to schedule a service appointment.
Vic’s Welding specializes in aluminum, stainless steel, galvanized steel, structural steel, water piping, and many other welding services for various industries throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Whether completed in the shop or field, all fabrication is guaranteed to comply with your exact specifications and drawings.
“13 Things You Probably Don’t Know About the U.S. Water System (But Should).” The National Geographic Society Newsroom.
“MIG Welding: The Basics for Mild Steel.” Miller Electric Mfg., LLC.
“Pipeline Construction: Typical Construction Issues.” The U.S. Department of Transportation: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
“TIG Welding 101.” Miller Electric Mfg., LLC.