Pacific Flow Control: Your Top Choice for Standard Hot Taps in Canada

Brandon PaterEngineered Hot Taps, Hot Taps


While we frequently highlight our impressive engineered hot tapping projects, we often overlook our daily execution of standard day-to-day hot taps like a 10×8 or a 6×1 on PVC or Ductile Iron pipe.

At Pacific Flow Control, we specialize in performing hot taps, including standard ones, to keep various industries running seamlessly. In this article, we’ll explore what hot tapping is, showcase some of our recent work, and explain why choosing us is the best decision for your pipeline needs.

What is Hot Tapping?

Hot tapping, also known as pressure tapping, is a technique that allows you to connect to an existing pipeline while it’s still in operation and under pressure. This method involves drilling or cutting into the pipeline and installing a valve or fitting to divert flow or pressure, facilitating maintenance or repair without the costly and time-consuming process of shutting down the pipeline.

 The Advantages of Hot Tapping:

Hot tapping offers a multitude of advantages, making it an invaluable tool for various industries:

  • Continuous Production: Hot tapping allows work to be performed without interrupting the production process, reducing economic losses associated with downtime.
  • Maintained Operating Parameters: Work can be carried out without altering the transported medium’s parameters, maintaining the operating pressure.
  • No Pipeline Emptying or Cleaning: Hot tapping eliminates the need for emptying and cleaning the pipeline, saving time and resources.
  • Safety Compliance: Work is performed in strict compliance with safety requirements, ensuring the well-being of all involved.
  • Environmental Benefits: Hot tapping reduces the risk of environmental pollution, making it an eco-friendly choice.
  • Reliable and Economical: It provides a reliable, economical, and effective method for temporary pipeline closure.

Locations We Serve:

Pacific Flow Control is proud to be one of Canada’s leading hot tap service companies, serving cities throughout British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, including Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Regina, Saskatoon, and many more. If you need to expand or modify your piping, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today!

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can you hot tap the same size pipe?
    • Yes, hot tapping can be performed on the same size pipe (size-on-size) for all standard pipe materials such as cast iron, ductile iron, PVC, asbestos cement, steel and stainless steel.
  • Are hot taps cost-effective?
    • Absolutely, hot tapping is a cost-effective solution as it reduces downtime and increases efficiency, resulting in cost savings for our clients.
  • What are the hazards of hot tapping?
    • While there are potential hazards, such as the release of hazardous materials, damage to the pipeline, and excessive heat, these risks can be mitigated through proper equipment, techniques, and monitoring, which we expertly handle.


Hot tapping is a critical process for maintaining and repairing pipelines without the need for expensive and disruptive shutdowns. Pacific Flow Control, with its dedication to safety, efficiency, and environmental responsibility, is your top choice for hot tapping services in Canada. Whether you need basic hot taps or more complex solutions, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today to ensure your pipeline projects run smoothly and without interruption.