Types of Gas Facility Summer Damage to Check for in an Inspection

After a long, hot summer, the rubber parts at oil and gas facilities may be worn or damaged. It is important to arrange for an NYC oil and gas inspection to check for certain types of damage. Early identification of worn parts gives you enough time to have them replaced before the parts completely fail.

Degraded Seals

Seals are critical to stopping the flow of a liquid and regulating its rate of flow. Seals that are exposed to the elements may start to degrade. Just one summer is enough time for a rubber seal to start cracking, stiffening or weakening in other ways. Inspectors look at all seals and will indicate which ones need to be replaced.

Cracked Hoses

Cracked rubber hoses are another item that professionals check for when performing an end-of-summer inspection at oil and gas facilities. Rubber hoses are responsible for many activities in the oil and gas industries. From the hoses that deliver E85, diesel and gasoline fuel at pumping stations to those that are used at larger facilities, the hoses experience both environmental wear and tear and friction as they are moved and stretched. Hoses may need to be replaced if any cracks are discovered.

Rust and Corrosion

Summertime humidity may cause metal parts at oil and gas facilities to rust or corrode. The humidity’s effects may combine with splashes of automotive fluids, acids, detergents and other products. Those chemical interactions could hasten the corrosion. For example, vehicles pulling up to a pump at the gas station may drip some oil, antifreeze or brake fluid onto the pump parts. Those fluids could interact with water, drips of fuel and other substances to corrode the handle. Anything with rust or corrosion should be replaced upon discovery if found during an inspection.