Hot Tap Location and Design Considerations

By Vincent A. Carucci

An earlier article introduced what a hot tap is, when it should not be done, and when it may be done with special precautions.  This article discusses hot tap location and design considerations.

Selecting the Hot Tap Site

The hot tap site should be chosen considering both mechanical reliability and personnel safety. It is normally possible to adjust the exact position of the hot tap as needed to avoid potential problem areas in the pipe being tapped. Consider the following items:

Hot Tap Design Considerations

The hot tap design must meet the applicable Code, local engineering practices, and local governmental requirements. The following highlights several design considerations.