Hot Tapping Services

What is Hot Tapping?

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Hot tapping is the method of making a new branch connection to an existing main water pipe or pressure valve without interrupting another section of the pipe or vessel.

Advantages of Hot Tapping

  • Guarantees no service disruption or water loss
  • Eliminates risk of water main contamination
  • Reduces crew service time and off-peak hours scheduling
  • Works successfully with any live, pressurized pipe
  • Saves time and costs, from start to finish
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Hot Tapping Services

Mickie Service's Hot Tap machine that has a cutter with a specialized saw for our hot tapping services. We're able to offer full-service tapping solutions by providing the tapping sleeve and valve services. There is usually an uncertainty with customers when they need to provide details for the underground pipe or vessel, so Mickie Services stocks epoxy -steel, stainless steel, and MJ tapping sleeves in standards sizes to reduce this delay.

Why Hot Tap?

The purpose of hot tapping or why a company would prefer hot tapping services is when it's impractical to take the main pipe or vessel out of service to clean it by conventional methods. The benefits of hot tapping for pipes and vessels include zero water loss and no damages to the infrastructure. There are several names for hot tapping that you might have seen including:

  • Pressure tapping
  • TS&V
  • Wet tap

Hot Tapping Capabilities

We are able to work with operating pressures up to 200 psi and temperatures up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Mickie Services performs hot tapping on the following main water pipe materials:

  • PVC / C900
  • Ductile Iron
  • Cast Iron
  • Asbestos Cement
  • Steel
  • Gifford-Hill Concrete
  • HDPE

Pipe Diameter Capabilities

Hot Taps are performing in sizes ranging from 3/4 inch to 48 inches.

3/4 inch 16 inch 36 inch
2 inch 20 inch 40 inch
4 inch 24 inch 44 inch
8 inch 28 inch 48 inch
12 inch 32 inch  


Applications for Hot Tap Services

Regardless of the application, you can depend on Mickie Service's expertise and knowledge of hot tapping to ensure your project is completed safely, on-time, and efficiently. Below are some of the most common hot tap applications we provide:

  • Industrial hot tap service
  • Pipeline hot tap expertise
  • Water and Waste Water industry hot tapping services
  • High pressure and high-temperature hot tap capabilities

Hot Tapping Service Areas

Mickie Service Company has been providing water line services to the greater Houston area since the mid-1970s. We also offer many of our services nationwide, particularly to:

How is Hot Tapping done?

Inspect the exposed water main and brace the pipe as necessary

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