What is Hydrostatic Testing and How Does it Work?

fuel cylinder Hydrostatic testing is a critical test for fueling station safety. Rykin Pump Company offer hydrostatic testing in Texas for LPG equipment.

What is Hydrostatic Testing?

Hydrostatic testing is used to test fuel tanks, pipelines, and other pressure vessels for strength, and to visually detect leaks. It is a hazardous test to perform, but it essential for ensuring that your equipment does not have any defects. Competent technicians, like those at Rykin Pump Company, can perform hydrostatic testing to ensure the safety of everyone at your facility.

How Hydrostatic Testing Works

The testing process for fuel tanks involves filling the vessel with water or oil, which is then pressurized. Hydraulic fluid or oil is used in systems where water could cause contamination issues with the system. Sometimes dyes are added to the liquid so that any leaks that are detected are easy to see. The pressure applied to the liquid is much higher than the normal pressure to ensure that the tanks are safe.

Technicians performing hydrostatic testing are looking for leaks or changes in shape. These abnormalities make it unsafe to use that equipment.

How Often Do I Need Hydrostatic Testing?

You should have your fuel tanks testing on a regular basis, about every two years. Visual inspections should be done annually.

Contact Rykin Pump Company today to have hydrostatic testing done at your facility.

How do Fuel Dispensers Work? – Pt. 2

gas stationIn our last post, we discussed the two main components of the fuel pump – the electronic component that reads the sensors and creates the display, and the mechanical component consisting the electric motor, valves, and the pump. We also discussed the suction system that most fuel dispensers use to pump fuel. In this post, we will go a little deeper and explain how the fuel dispenser measures fuel, and how the auto cutoff feature works.

Measuring the Fuel

Fuel pumps utilize a flow valve to measure the amount of fuel dispensed and regulate the flow. It works like a diaphragm that is squeezed to give the sensors information about how much fuel has passed by it. The information is then fed to the displays so you can see how many gallons of gas you have put into your car in real-time.

Auto Cutoff Mechanism

The auto cutoff feature of a fuel pump is a genius device that prevents you from overfilling your tank and getting gas all over your car and yourself. The fuel pump used a sensing tube that is connected to a mechanical value. When fuel touches the entrance of the sensing tube, the change in pressure triggers the valve to close, which stops the fuel from flowing into your vehicle.

Rykin Pump offers construction and maintenance of fuel management systems in Texas. Contact us today for more information about our services.

How do Fuel Dispensers Work? – Pt. 1

car fueling up a gas stationFuel dispensers are interesting pieces of technology. You begin pumping gas into your vehicle, and somehow the pump knows when to turn off to avoid overfilling your tank and causing the gas to overflow. How does that work? Here is a quick guide to fuel dispensers in Texas that can help you understand the fueling process.

Two Main Components

Fuel dispensers are composed of two different components. One part consists of the electronics. This component controls the displays, reading from sensors in order to display the fuel volume and pressure. The second component is a mechanical system consisting of a pump and valves, and an electric motor that controls the fuel.

The most common fuel dispenser type works using unequal pressure to create suction. The lower pressure inside the fuel tank causes the fuel to push up the pipe to the nozzle. It is a surprisingly simple way to move the fuel, but it is incredibly efficient.

This is the basic mechanism for fuel dispensing systems. In our next post, we will discuss how the pumps measure fuel and how they know the exact moment to cut off the flow.

When you need new fuel dispensers for your service station in Texas, rely on the team with the know-how to get the job done right the first time. Contact us today to discuss your options.

What is Soil Remediation and How Does it Work?

soilSoil remediation is also referred to as soil washing. It is a process used to remove contaminants from soil, such as hydrocarbons, pesticides, cyanides, semi-volatiles, cyanides, heavy metals, and creosote. There are four main ways to perform soil remediation:

Thermal Soil Remediation – This method involves heating contaminated material into the primary treatment unit (PTU) to 650-900° F to evaporate hydrocarbons and water. The material is discharged to a cooling unit where water is added. The material is then tested and recycled.

Bioremediation – As the name implies, this method of soil remediation uses biological means to clean the soil. Bacteria is added to the soil to break down the hydrocarbons and other pollutants. The bacteria consume the contaminants and then die off.

Air Sparging – Air sparging involves injecting large volumes of air into the soil stratum. This forces organic vapors outwards where they are subjected to carbon filtering.

Encapsulation – Rather than filtering contaminants from the soil, the encapsulation technique separates them. The most common way to do this is by mixing the contaminated soil with concrete, cement, and lime, which prevents the contaminants from sullying clean soil.

Rykin Pump Company’s trained technicians can perform soil remediation, analysis, and disposal for you when completing gas station construction or service station maintenance in Texas. Ensure that the soil around your facility remains free of pollutants when you contact our team today.

Welcome to the Rykin Pump Company Blog

rykin pump company logoSince 1970, Rykin Pump Company has become an industry leader in service station equipment and maintenance. Our customers rely on us to keep their gas stations operating safely, and our trained technicians’ skills and knowledge are put to work every day. We offer a variety of services in addition to our products, including:

  • Line and Fuel Tank Leak Detection
  • Hydrostatic Testing for LPG Equipment
  • Soil Remediation, Analysis, and Disposal
  • Underground Storage Tank Installation and Removal
  • And more!

The products we sell range from parts for gas station pumps to lighting and POS systems – everything you need to run your gas station safely and efficiently.

In this blog, we’ll discuss a variety of topics related to running a gas station effectively, as well in-depth information about the products we sell and their uses. If you manage a service station or are simply interested in this industry, you should subscribe. We will be posting interesting and informative content on a regular basis, so you do not want to miss out.

When your service station equipment needs maintenance, trust the team at Rykin. We offer equipment repair as well as a range of equipment from POS systems to automated fuel systems. Contact our team today for more information about our gas station products and services.