If you currently own a pipeline, manage a pipeline or are in charge of maintaining a pipeline in any type of industry, you know how important it is to have a reliable company to call on for pipeline services. There is a range of different factors that will come into play when finding the right company for your pipeline maintenance and repair. In general, choosing the most experienced and qualified company is always the best option. Typically, the top companies are very competitive in their bid pricing and will make an attempt to work with a pipeline company or operator to bring the project in under the desired budget. When choosing new pipeline services, or when comparing your existing provider, there are a few important factors to keep in mind. The more you research and find out about the different companies the more confident you will be in your final selection. Options and Solutions It is important to look for a pipeline company that is willing to listen to your concerns and issues with the pipeline functioning and then discuss options and solutions. Some companies see the same solution, their product or service, as the answer to all pipeline problems. Other companies, typically those with more experience and a greater concern for customer service, will ask questions and then propose options based on what they can offer. The best pipeline services will not just offer a solution to the current problem, but also a way to reduce or eliminate, as closely as possible, future issues that you may experience. Fixing the current problem is great, but preventing future problems through preventative means is even better. Similar Projects Even with the best company providing your pipeline repairs and service, you don’t want to be the first in your industry to use the service. Ideally, but using a larger national and international pipeline service company, you will not have this type of issue to be concerned about. Ask for references from past pipeline companies or managers who have used their service in the past. Specifically request companies in your industry and follow up with a phone call or an email to discuss the experience. Positive feedback about all aspects of the project, including working with the budget, completing the project on time and providing experienced and competent staff to safely get the job done are all key points to look for or ask about in those...