Saving Thousands: Hot Tapping and Line Stopping vs. Traditional Bypass Pumping

Brandon PaterEngineered Hot Taps, Hot Taps, Line Stops


In the fast-evolving landscape of pipeline maintenance and repair, pursuing cost savings is an ever-present goal. Companies are on the lookout for solutions that not only streamline their projects but also slash expenses. Enter Pacific Flow Control, the undisputed leader in hot tapping and line stopping services. Today, we delve into the myriad ways these advantageous techniques outshine traditional bypass pumping, offering unparalleled benefits, especially in terms of substantial cost savings. 

Advantages of Line Stopping Compared to Conventional Bypass Pumping

  • Precision Isolation for Maximum Efficiency

The hallmark advantage of hot tapping and line stopping lies in the precision with which isolation can be achieved. Unlike traditional bypass pumping, which may necessitate pumping over extensive distances, these advanced techniques allow for pinpoint accuracy. By isolating only the essential sections of the pipeline, costs associated with unnecessary pumping over hundreds or thousands of feet are eliminated. The result? Substantial cost savings can make a significant impact on your project’s bottom line. 

  • Avoiding Costly Crossings for a Smoother Project Flow

Shorter isolated sections not only save on pumping costs but also reduce the need for expensive road, river, and utility crossings. Traditional bypass pumping often involves navigating challenging terrains and overcoming various obstacles, each of which comes with its price tag. Hot tapping and line stopping offer a more streamlined approach, allowing you to avoid these costly crossings and keep your project on budget and schedule. 

  • Utilizing Existing Infrastructure

Line stop, in particular, leverages the existing pumps and lift stations within the system that are already designed to handle maximum flow capacities. By tapping into these resources, hot tapping and line stopping eliminate the need for costly flow modelling and bypass pumping engineering. This results in substantial savings for your project, both in terms of time and resources. 

  • Forecastable Costs for Budgeting Confidence

In an industry where unpredictability is the norm, the ability to forecast costs accurately is a game-changer. Hot tapping and line stopping provide this advantage. In the event of project delays, the impact on your budget is typically minimal. On the contrary, traditional bypass pumping can lead to ongoing expenses, such as running diesel pumps or hydro vacs, even when the project timeline extends. The forecastable costs associated with hot tapping and line stopping ensure budgeting confidence and control. 

  • Cost-Efficient Waste Management

Hydrovacs used in traditional bypass pumping operations produce waste material that requires specialized disposal procedures, often incurring additional costs for the project. Hot tapping and line stopping, by their precision isolation techniques, significantly decrease the volume of material that needs disposal. This results in a more cost-efficient waste management process, allowing you to allocate your budget more effectively. 

  • Environmental Responsibility

Beyond cost savings, hot tapping and line stopping also contribute to a smaller carbon footprint compared to traditional bypass pumping. The latter often involves burning thousands of litres of diesel weekly, depending on pump demand and flow requirements. In contrast, hot tapping and line stopping utilize existing infrastructure, minimizing the need for additional energy consumption and reducing environmental impact. 

  • Enhanced Safety Protocols

With a focus on isolating specific sections, hot tapping and line stopping enhance safety protocols by reducing the potential risks associated with extensive bypass pumping operations. This not only safeguards your workforce but also mitigates the risk of environmental incidents, saving you from potential legal and cleanup costs. 

Common Bypass Media 

Bypass pumping is commonly required for various types of liquids in pipes, depending on the industry and application. Some of the common liquids that may necessitate bypass pumping include: 

Wastewater and Sewage: 

Bypass pumping is frequently used in municipal and industrial settings to reroute wastewater and sewage flows during maintenance, repairs, or upgrades to the sewer system. This helps prevent disruptions to the regular flow of wastewater and ensures that the system remains operational. 

Potable Water:

When conducting repairs or maintenance on sections of a potable water distribution system, bypass pumping can be employed to redirect the flow of water and maintain a continuous supply to consumers. This is crucial to avoid service interruptions and ensure water quality standards are met. 

Industrial Process Fluids:  

Industries often use pipelines to transport various process fluids, such as chemicals, acids, bases, or other liquids integral to manufacturing processes. Bypass pumping enables uninterrupted production by diverting these fluids away from the section undergoing maintenance. 

Petroleum and Oil Products:  

In the oil and gas industry, pipelines transport crude oil, refined petroleum products, and other hydrocarbons. Bypass pumping is essential during pipeline maintenance or repairs to redirect the flow of these substances, preventing spills and ensuring the continuity of product transportation. 

Chemical Solutions:  

Chemical processing plants may use pipelines to transport a wide range of chemicals. Bypass pumping is employed to reroute these chemicals when sections of the pipeline require inspection, repairs, or upgrades. 


Municipalities often use separate stormwater systems to manage rainfall runoff. Bypass pumping can be used to redirect stormwater flows during maintenance activities to prevent flooding and ensure effective stormwater management. 

Slurries and Sludges:  

Industries dealing with materials like slurry or sludge may need to bypass pump these substances during maintenance to avoid clogs and ensure the continuous movement of materials through the pipeline. 

It’s important to note that the specific requirements for bypass pumping can vary based on the characteristics of the liquid, the size and purpose of the pipeline, and the nature of the maintenance or repair activities. Professional services, such as those offered by Pacific Flow Control, play a crucial role in providing tailored solutions for efficient and effective bypass pumping in diverse liquid-carrying systems. 


In the realm of pipeline maintenance, Pacific Flow Control stands tall as the premier provider of hot tapping and line stopping services, delivering substantial cost savings and a host of additional benefits. Say goodbye to budget overruns, unnecessary pumping expenses, and time-consuming bypass pumping operations. Choose Pacific Flow Control for a cost-effective, efficient, and streamlined solution to your pipeline maintenance needs. Your project deserves the best, and Pacific Flow Control delivers, ensuring you unlock maximum savings without compromising on quality or safety.