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On-site Field Services

    Pipe Expansion Joint Installation & Maintenance Guide

U.S. Bellows has extensive experience providing on-site services in quick-turn or emergency response situations. U.S. Bellows can provide on-site services for pipe expansion joints (as well as for pipe supports) which include the following:
Installation guidance
Inspection and maintenance
Problem resolution

Quick-turn expansion joint replacement during shutdowns and turnarounds

U.S. Bellows is also available on a 24 x 7 basis to fulfill any emergency requirements that might arise. We have a system of stock pipe expansion joints as well as an "on-call" engineering and manufacturing team to meet any of your quick-turn and emergency requirements.

Expansion Joint
Inspection Checklist -- Pipe Expansion Joints
  • Check for signs of leakage or a loss of pressure
  • Inspect for any distortion or yielding of anchors, hardware, bellows and piping components
  • Observe for any unanticipated movement of piping due to pressure
  • Inspect for evidence of instability (squirm) in the bellows
  • Check the pipe expansion joint, the guides and other moveable parts of the system for evidence of binding

For the quickest response in such an emergency type situation, fill-out the online request form and U.S. Bellows guarantees a response to your request within 30 minutes. Once we receive your request, we will made contact with you and understand the situation, U.S. Bellows will work hard to assist you.

Competitor Expansion Joints to be Refurbished or Replaced

Cracked Metallic Bellows Corroded universal metallic expansion joint
Cracked Bellows in a Piping System


Failed Metallic Expansion Joint Failed Expansion Joint Corroded Metallic Bellows
Fatigue Failed Pipe Expansion Joint Universal Metallic Pipe Expansion Joint with Squirm Damage Rusted & Corroded Metallic Pipe Expansion Joint


Refurbished single expansion joint Failed Fabric Expansion Joint
Immediate Refurbishment of a 3" O.A.L Single Bellow with Flanges for a Marine Vessel in Texas Failed Fabric Pipe Expansion Joint Brought in to Replace Fabric Belt


Emergency Call - Past Experience

An Alaskan petroleum firm called upon the U.S. Bellows Field Service Team on a Friday evening to aid them in an immediate replacement of a defective 48" dia. pipe expansion joint.  The pipe expansion joint was damaged during the plant startup when a G417 pump suddenly failed.  A replacement pipe expansion joint was designed, manufactured and shipped the next day.  It was installed at the customer's location within two days of receiving the call.
    New Expansion Joint is Installed on the Site

Friday, 5:30pm: U.S. Bellows received an emergency call regarding a deformed 48" pipe expansion joint


Saturday: The replacement pipe expansion joint is manufactured and ready for shipment.


Sunday: The new pipe expansion joint is installed on-site.



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Contact Us: +1 (281) 241-9418 Toll Free: (855) 591-0906 Fax: +1 (713) 731-8640
Our Parent Company: Piping Technology Pipe Supports, Pipe Clamps, Pipe Hardware & Insulated Pipe Shoes
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