New York is no stranger to severe weather systems. Thunderstorms, hail, ice, snow, fierce winds and nor’easters are just a few of the weather events that affect the area. When these weather events take place, oil and gas lines may experience damage. After any of these three types of severe weather events, it is a good idea to schedule a New York City oil and gas inspection in order to ensure that everything is safe and operable.
Any storm that involves strong wind gusts has the potential to cause considerable damage to oil and gas. These storms could knock out power or damage the transformers that step down the electricity to the pumps. Wind could also cause direct damage to distribution lines and storage tanks located above ground.
Ice storms are another severe weather event that cause widespread problems. The weight of the ice may collapse storage tanks. Power lines and poles may be taken down by the weight of the ice. Refueling trucks may not be able to traverse icy roads. Ice that surrounds distribution lines and pumps may cause mechanisms, motors, and electronics to freeze. If the ice gets inside of the systems, the electrical components may need to be replaced.
Nor’easters are strong storms that may combine fierce winds, ice, snow, heavy rain, flooding and a storm surge from the tide. The effects of a nor’easter may vary widely from one location to another. Storage tanks affected by storm surge could become rusted or lifted off of their bases. Distribution lines could also be damaged by the weight of floodwaters or the ferocity of the wind. These storms may cause large flows of debris, including buildings and trees, which makes it difficult to inspect oil and gas systems.