Repair of a plastic pipe in a UK quarry leaking from a pinhole
A pierced plastic pipe in a quarry aggregate wash plant undergoes repair using a SylWrap Pipe Repair Kit

Quarry Aggregate Wash Plant Pierced 300mm Plastic Pipe Pinhole Repair

When a 300mm plastic pipe in a quarry aggregate wash plant was pieced during day-to-day operations at the site, a leak repair was needed to prevent a disruptive shutdown of systems caused by the fitting of replacement parts.

Case Study Overview

Site Quarry
Location UK
Pipe Type 300mm plastic pipe
Repair Type No pressure leak repair
Products Superfast Copper Epoxy Putty, SylWrap HD Pipe Repair Bandage


Pipe Defect

The 300m plastic pipe fed water into the aggregate wash plant in the quarry and become pierced during day-to-day operations at the site.

As a result, a highly pressurised jet of water was spraying from a pinhole leak in the pipe. This hole needed to be sealed as replacing the damaged section of pipe would have required a disruptive shutdown of equipment.

A pierced plastic pipe at a quarry wash plant suffers from a pressurised jet of escaping water prior to a SylWrap Pipe Repair
Jet of pressurised water escaping from the pierced pipe

SylWrap Solution

Because water flow to the plastic pipe could be turned off, it was decided to use a SylWrap Standard Pipe Repair Kit.

Superfast Copper Epoxy Putty sealed the pinhole leak. Superfast Copper comes in a pre-formatted 114g stick.

The quarry simply had to break off the required amount of putty, knead it by hand and then push it into the pinhole whilst soft. Superfast Copper then hardened to seal the leak.

To reinforce the putty, a SYL633HD SylWrap Pipe Repair Bandage was applied over the putty. SylWrap HD is a composite wrap with a water-activated resin which sets rock hard in minutes.

SylWrap HD provided a layer of protection to the Superfast Copper, creating a repair that was permanent and pressure resistant up to 30 bar.

Quarry aggregate wash plant plastic pipe repair made using a SylWrap Standard Pipe Repair Kit
Completed repair of the 300mm plastic pipe

Outcome

Within one hour, the pinhole leak had been repaired and the plastic pipe was back in operation.

The quarry saved themselves both time and money by carrying out their own repair at a fraction of the cost of hiring a contractor or replacing the pierced section of pipe.


Follow Up

Sylmasta have since recommended that the quarry take stock of a SylWrap Pipe Repair Contractor Case for dealing efficiently with future leaks.

Pipework in quarries frequently fails due to the abrasive nature of the slurry being moved around. The quicker a site can respond to such issues, the faster full operating capacity can be restored.

Each Case contains enough products to make up to six live leak pipe repairs. It is easy-to-store on site, meaning that the quarry has everything they need to hand in the event of unexpected bursts and leaks.


Products Used

Superfast Copper
Fast working epoxy putty used to seal holes in pipes of all materials

SylWrap HD Bandage
Water-activated wrap sets rock hard to reinforce and strengthen repairs

Standard Pipe Repair Kit
Kit containing Superfast Epoxy and SylWrap HD for no pressure pipe repairs

Pipe Repair Contractor Case
Easy-to-store case with everything needed to make up to six emergency pipe repairs


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