HOT TAPPING

When looking for hot tapping professionals, choose RDS Pipeline Isolation

When choosing RDS Pipeline Isolation for Hot Tapping, you can expect:

  • Fast & reliable services.
  • A team with a vast amount of experience within the industry.
  • To be kept within the loop at all times about any works carried out.
  • A Friendly & professional service at all times.
  • An overall, outstanding service.
  • "Options Energy Services Limited engaged with RDS Pipeline Isolation LTD to support our works with Thames Water. RDS undertook on our behalf Hot Tapping on Main sizes 3” – 20”, Pipe Freezing 2” – 8” and Line Stopping of all sizes with or without bypass, the service provided by RDS were second to none and available 24/7, having used other companies providing the same service I would personally recommend calling RDS before calling other companies offering similar services that overcharge and under deliver."
    Nick Gibson
    Options Energy Services Ltd
  • Steve Waller
    "Whilst refurbishing a plant room I had the pleasure of meeting up with Rob and RDS who carried out some work for the principle contractor , they worked very professionally and finished their work quickly. I was so impressed with their work when I had some trouble in another part of the Hospital Rob and RDS where the first people I approached to help out. I would recommend RDS to anybody."
    Steve Waller
    Springfield Hospital
  • Ray Conchie
    "Thank you for the perfect job your engineer carried out for me at the Liverpool University. You took on the job that a few companies would not, due to the confined space you had to work in. It was carried out without any problems and had the mains water back on in time for students on the Monday morning. We very much appreciate everything you did for us and look forward to our on-going relationship."
    Ray Conchie
    Consortia Integrated Services

What is Hot Tapping?

Hot Tapping is a common method used for making a connection with a current pipe or vessel, without damaging that pipe or needing to empty that section.

From extreme conditions to mild jobs Hot Tapping at RDS Pipeline have got you covered.

We cover both domestic and commercial pipework projects, offering a reliable and efficient service across the UK. RDS Pipeline are fully trained and will meet all health and safety regulations.

Our services have been supplied in a variety of industry sectors in the UK including Hospitals, Civil Engineering, Facility Management and Energy companies, Shopping Centres and many more.

Not found what you're looking for? Being one of the leading pipe freezing companies to date, we have mastered the art of pipe freezing, as well as under pressure drilling, line stopping.

So why not see what all of the fuss is about and contact us today at RDS Pipeline Services.

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    Why choose RDS Pipeline Isolation for Hot Tapping?

    Hot tapping is a method of cutting a hole into a “live” pipeline which can be performed safely on hazardous and flammable products without interruption to product flow or loss of pipeline product. At RDS Pipeline services, we are one of the best hot tapping companies to date.

    Our diverse range of equipment enables new branch connections to be performed on most Metallic pipes i.e. Stainless steel, Carbon steel, Ductile Iron, Cast Iron and also on Asbestos Cement, Concrete cylinder, GRP and GRE pipes, plastics, MDPE, copper. Hot Tapping is used for making a connection to an existing pipe or vessel, without hindering that pipe or vessel.

    As one of the UK's leading Hot Tapping experts, our team of specialists have a considerable amount of expereince in a verity of environments. Whether that's commercial or industrial our hot tapping experts offer a reliable, safe service.


    Hot Tapping involves a number of specialised procedures, used in conjunction to create a safe way to manipulate pipelines without interrupting the flow of hazardous substances. This can involve;

    • A hot tap saddle or weld nozzle

    • Valve installation

    • Pressure testing

    • Drill pilot

    • Cutter and coupon

    Ultimately, this technique is a way of providing a connection method for the pipe in question. Drilling and cutting a predetermined pipe can save a lot of hassle and protect the infrastructure, especially in areas where there may be frequent usage and possible corrosion.

    Not only do we at RDS Pipeline Isolation understand the practicalities of the sensitive nature of this technique, but we also can provide understanding and advice when NOT to use hot tapping. Some conditions that are inferior for hot tapping include;

    • Pipes with combustible and flammable substances

    • Pipes with pure oxygen and chlorine

    • Sulphur compounds

    • Certain acids, peroxides, or other chemicals that are especially sensitive and reactive to the heat in welding machines

    We have a high code of conduct, and we aim to provide you with the best advice and practical administration of Hot Tapping that is possible for the circumstances. You can trust RDS Pipelines to never steer you wrong.


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