Steam Trap Survey

Steam Trap Surveys

Steam trap surveys test and document the operational status of traps, utilizing both ultrasound and temperature differentials. Survey documentation details a complete trap inventory including location, type, and application engineering. Survey reports also include a full economic analysis (return on investment) and recommendations for specific trap improvements.

Scope of Work

  • Evaluate and document trap station noting the following components – isolation valves (inlet and outlet) inlet strainers, blowdown valves on the strainer, outlet check valves (if needed), trap station bypass, test valves or sight glass flow indicator.
  • Tag trap with sequentially numbered stainless steel tag and wire hanger.
  • Document trap location, application, steam pressure, manufacturer, model and technology. Pipe size and trap size, connection type, inlet and outlet temperature and comments about existing installation are also documented.
  • Test operational status of trap using a combination of ultrasound and temperature differential.
  • Provide complete report noting entire results of survey, including synopsis of results (Traps tested, leaking, plugged, not in service, etc.)
  • Return on investment calculation. This includes the cost of the survey, replacement steam traps for those traps found to be deficient and estimated labor to install the replacement traps. These costs are then compared to the losses associated with the traps found to be failed closed, leaking or failed open. Trap application problems and specific recommendations for trap and trap station improvements are also included.

A detailed formal report outlining findings and recommendations as well as a full inventory of the steam traps is the final deliverable of the steam trap survey. The report includes all of the items above in both a paper and electronic copy along with a formal repair quote and is presented in person.


Steam Trap Installation

Steam trap installation is performed by qualified, fully experienced technicians. By utilizing our experienced specialists you avoid post installation problems. Additionally, experienced installation teams ensure minimized downtime. Making use of APM’s installation resources allows you to maximize your resources by not taking valuable maintenance or operation personnel off of your core operations.

Steam Traps, Repair Parts & Components

American Plant Maintenance is an independent steam trap survey and repair company which gives us the ability to perform unbiased surveys and recommend the optimum solution for our clients regardless of the manufacturer. When it comes to steam traps we carry all the standard types of steam trap: thermostatic traps, thermodynamic traps, float and thermostatic traps, and inverted bucket traps.

Steam System Troubleshooting

Having invested in your steam system it makes economic sense to maintain it at its optimum operational efficiency. Steam system troubleshooting can identify causes of large volumes of live and flash steam losses. You can also eliminate waterhammer in the steam and condensate loop. The final report documents recommendations aimed at improving energy/emission losses, steam generation and distribution, engineering practices/correct applications, health and safety, and heat recovery/return of condensate.