One prime advantage of above ground water storage tanks is that they can be easily inspected and maintained. Many tank owners aren’t proactive though, which can lead to thousands of dollars in damages when the tank does need repairs or replacement. Learn more about what causes tank damage and how to prevent problems. A commercial fire water tank liner is an investment in your tank.
Why Tanks Leak and Require Fiberglass Tank Repairs
Above ground tanks are not invulnerable to the elements, but many tank failures aren’t simply due to regular use. Here are four reasons you may need fiberglass tank repairs:
- Not using the right tank for the job. If the structure of the tank can’t handle the materials that are being stored, the tank can leak or worse.
- Corrosion of the pipes or tank from the materials being stored. Many materials stored in tanks are abrasive and have a high risk of corrosion.
- Rapid tank temperature and pressure changes cause tank failure. Vents can get blocked. A tank that cools or heats up too fast can cause problems.
- Tank owners aren’t as diligent about maintenance. Employees filling tanks put too much materials in the tank. Simple operator errors can cause catastrophic damage.
Leak Prevention in Above Ground Tanks
Tank leaks or spills cause huge financial loss for businesses. Tank replacement can be expensive. Cleanup from volatile materials is costly to your bottom line and to the environment. Your business may even face fines or penalties if the tank fails. Regular tank maintenance can help avoid these issues.
To avoid leaks, first consider your tank design, fabrication and materials that are being stored. Make sure that your tank is made to handle the materials you are storing. Is the tank properly vented and installed? How are you mitigating risks by using the right design and materials for the materials you are storing?
Regular inspections should be performed to look for signs of problems before minor issues become large scale problems. Look for corrosion or other signs that leaks could occur. Poor drainage or cracks can indicate failure of the tank. Use industry regulations to know how often you should be inspecting the tank. Check every weld and connection to watch for evidence of corrosion or disintegration. Make repairs quickly instead of allowing problems to get worse.
Commercial Fire Water Tank Linings & Coatings Prevent Corrosion
Prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is much more expensive to cleanup a tank failure than it is to implement procedures that prevent leaks and spills. Invest in commercial fire water tank linings for peace of mind. Picon FRP, Inc. can help you with all your tank inspection, repair, lining and coating needs as well as a variety of other FRP services including concrete strengthening and fabrication. Call 510-232-0065 or contact us online today for assistance with your project.