Pipe Markers Hit the Mark – Literally

You see them throughout buildings and facilities. Some sprout from the ground like great iron trees. Others jut through walls or hang from ceilings in confusing tangles, like poorly placed playground equipment. Long and short, narrow and wide, straight or curved these systems of transport are vital to the successful functioning of places as large as football stadiums and as small as a single-family bathroom. Of course, we are talking about plumbing. But, which pipe carries what and where does it originate or end? Is that fat pipe in the corner carrying water or sewage? Where is the natural gas pipe and how do I locate the shutoff valve during routine maintenance or in an emergency? With the application of a few well-placed pipe markers, identifying the many components of your plumbing system is a breeze.

A pipe marker is a pretty simple, but extremely important item. Basically, it is a label, decal or tag that is affixed to a pipe or pipe valve. There are several reasons for visually marking the pipes that run throughout your facility…

Simple Identification: The application of pipe markers allows your workers to quickly and easily identify the plethora of pipes in your facility. Chances are that your facility has in it any combination of pipes for hot & cold water, steam, gases, refrigerants, heating fuels, sewage waste, returns and many more.

Maintenance: Periodically replacing certain plumbing lines can help to prevent leakage and ruptures due to corrosive chemicals or residue buildup. Identifying and tracking the dates of maintenance is much easier when your pipes are clearly labeled with pipe markers.

Emergencies: Bad things can happen. Pipes can leak, freeze, break or rupture at any time. Harmful chemicals and gases run through pipes, and in the event of a leak of rupture, need to be identified and dealt with immediately. The use of pipe markers and valve tags allows maintenance workers or emergency personnel a quick way to identify the compromised pipe and take the appropriate actions.

Pipe markers and valve tags are made from various materials, including plastic, brass, stainless steel and others. It is important to choose the material that best withstands the particular environment in which it will be applied. Custom decals and wrap-around plastics are also available and it is simple to add your own numbers, letters and messaging. Choose the pipe marking solution that best meets the requirements of your business, warehouse or facility.