If you’re in the market for a liquid storage tank for your project, you need to understand that you can’t just have any kind of tank installed. Some storage tanks are intended for potable water, while others are best for wastewater or other chemicals that might be more corrosive or hazardous, requiring different types of tank liners. Constructing a firewater or other liquid storage tank for your facility takes a lot of planning if it is going to be done right.
Water Tank Liners and Construction Materials
Knowing the volume of liquid that will be stored will help you determine what your tanks will be constructed from. If you plan to store a high volume of liquid, you will most likely need field welded steel or concrete tanks. Shop welded steel tanks will also be good for storing different materials at different volumes.
The liquids that you plan to store will also make a difference on your choice of construction materials. Potable water can be stored by most tank lining materials, but if you have to store something more corrosive, you might want to opt for a tank made from fiberglass reinforced plastic. This material is much cheaper and lighter than most metals, but it is also highly resistant to corrosion. It makes for a great tank liner, and it should lead to fewer tank repairs than you might have with an unlined metal or concrete tank.
The environment where your tank will be does make a difference, even though it’s something that is often overlooked in the planning stages. You don’t want anything that is too tall if you have strong winds in the area, and you want something that will be able to hold up to a lot of snowfall and other severe weather. The roof of your tank will need to be able to withstand the weight from the snow that could accumulate, and you need to have a good tank lining that won’t leak even if the outside of your tank becomes damaged.
Planning for Water Tank Lining Repairs
Even if you choose the sturdiest, most corrosion-resistant storage tank materials and tank linings you can afford, you should still plan for a worst-case scenario. This means that you will need to have a good company to inspect and perform tank repairs on hand to mend the tank and the lining should something go wrong. The key here is to choose a tank that will be relatively easy and inexpensive to repair, even if it does hold up well against the environment or any corrosive materials you might need to store. Picon inc services liquid storage and firewater tanks throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, don’t hesitate to give us a call during your planning process or if you require tank inspection, repairs, relining, or consulting.