Boiler Retubing & Tube Replacement

Boiler retubing




Retubing & tube replacement for boilers of all sizes.

IB&M specializes in the retubing of firetube boilers, watertube boilers, superheaters, pre-heaters, heat exchangers and other pressure vessels. Boiler tubes must be able to endure extremely high temperatures, pressures, and potentially wide fluctuations in demand depending on the application. Boiler re-tubing and tube replacement can extend the life of the boiler, and saves the tubes from deteriorating due to scale build up and cracking. Boiler retubing can be completed by our experts onsite at your facility, or at our Chattanooga, TN fabrication and repair shop or as required. IB&M also provides a large variety of emergency rental boilers to keep operations running during repairs.


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Boilers and auxiliary equipment should be professionally checked every year. Contact IB&M for information on our annual equipment service and maintenance contracts. Regularly scheduled inspection and proper boiler maintenance can improve efficiency, and prevent costly and unexpected interruption in production.


IB&M can retube boilers by all leading manufacturers like Cleaver Books, Hurst and Johnston Boiler, restoring them to factory specifications. We also offer custom bent tubing, cracked tube sheet repair and tube sheet replacement. We provide custom welding in house or on-site, and offer a complete inventory of replacement boiler tubes in all sizes, thicknesses and materials, such as:



•    Size

•    2"

•    2.5"

•    3"

•    Thickness

•    .095

•    .105

•    .120

•    Material

•    Carbon Steel

•    Exotic Metals






IB&M’s boiler retubing process includes:


Inspection - IB&M visually inspects each boiler, and perform NDT testing as needed. We use dye penetrant testing to expose areas of boiler tube sheet cracking.

Boiler Tube Extraction - old boiler tubes are removed along with the tube ends. Any minor tube sheet cracks are then repaired to the ASME code specifications.

Boiler Tube Installation - new boiler tubes (manufactured to meet or exceed specifications) are installed, rolled, beaded and sometimes welded (in the hot pass).

Boiler Testing & QC - IB&M hydro-tests the boiler, witnessed by our authorized inspection agency. The boiler is then closed and prepared to fire using all new gaskets. We visually check scale and fits during this phase. IB&M can provide ultrasonic thickness testing, or boroscope the inside of watertube boiler tubes as required. We can also handle code repairs to access points, nozzles and other related equipment.

Documentation - IB&M provides all completed repair forms for submission to the national board & other applicable regulatory agencies.


Whether performed in house or on site, IB&M has all the necessary retubing equipment required to handle boiler tube replacement, including:


  • Tube expanders
  • Tube & pipe cutters
  • Tube lubricants
  • Extension couplings & universal joints
  • Handhole cleaning and seat grinding kits
  • Tube end polishing kits


Extend the life of your boiler:


Tubes are the heart of any boiler unit. Improper deaeration and water treatment can significantly affect the lifespan of tubes. Additionally, tube replacement can often indicate water quality issues that need to be addressed.


Retubing can increase the life of the unit by many years. If you are experiencing excessive scale or system leaks, IB&M can help you determine whether tube replacement is the best option, or if it’s time to replace/upgrade your boiler.


  • Excessive scaling adheres to the tubes
  • The tubes become pitted (holes caused by oxygenation, overtreatment of water chemicals, stresses or strains, etc.)
  • Tubes continue leaking at the tubesheet after several attempts to roll them


We have experienced crews ready to assist anywhere in the world 24/7, and a large fleet of rental boilers available and fully operational within as little as 24 hours.

Contact IB&M today at (855) 753-BOILER to discuss your boiler retubing and repair needs, or for more information on our re-tubing services, boiler tube replacement and onsite installation.

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