Choosing Materials for Fabrication of Tanks, Water Tank Linings and Coatings
Water storage is an integral part of many industries and requires careful consideration to minimize risks and adhere to government standards. So, it’s not hard to understand why tank fabrication is so important.
The way that you store your water, regardless of its unique properties, will have a direct impact on the quality of your operation. This is why we’ve compiled a list of some essential factors to consider before committing to a design or manufacturer.
Materials will have direct contact with the water or be responsible for maintaining the integrity of the tank. Choosing the wrong ones can put you on the fast track to water contamination and the huge costs associated with additional maintenance.
Tank linings can make or break the quality of your water storage, which is why the liner material needs to be top quality. Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) liners are the industry gold standard for water and wastewater tanks.
FRP liners can last up to 20 years when properly installed and combine polymer with the strength of fiber to protect against corrosion and leaks.
Purpose and Size
Having a complete understanding of the purpose of the tank will help determine the necessary size and design. Tanks being used for industrial purposes may be very different than the ones necessary for agricultural operations.
Underestimating your tank needs can lead to overages and future safety concerns. It’s also a good idea to carefully evaluate the space the tank will need so that it can be designed and outfitted accordingly.
For larger tanks, weight can be an issue. Fortunately, FRP liners are lightweight and customizable enough to accommodate even the most expansive designs.
Tank leak repair is costly and time consuming. A bad leak can shut down a manufacturer for extended periods of time while it’s being fixed. However, much of this risk can be mitigated with an experienced water tank fabricator and installation expert.
It’s imperative that water and wastewater tanks be entirely compliant with government safety standards. Anything less could make you liable for any issues that result from negligence.
Emergency personnel also rely on the integrity of commercial fire water tank liners to maintain the water supply used in life or death situations. Choosing anything less than the best tank materials just isn’t an option!
The surrounding environment can affect the longevity of the water tank. Exposure to extreme environmental factors needs to be considered when choosing the placement, fabrication method, and materials for any water or wastewater tank.
Trying to cut corners can lead to frequent repairs, leaks, and total failure in some instances. Again, FRP liners are a huge asset when mitigating environmental risks.
Quality of the Manufacturer
Always do your due diligence when choosing a water or wastewater tank liner manufacturer! Ask about the materials they use, other projects they’ve designed, and the longevity of their previously installed products.
A little research could save you tens of thousands of dollars in repairs and government fines!
Commercial Fire Water Tank Linings and Coatings Serving the San Francisco Bay Area
Picon FRP, Inc. provides full service tank inspection, tank liners, tank coatings, and tank fabrication services and much more to serve commercial and industrial needs for repairs, maintenance and fabrication. Call 510-232-0065 today or contact us online to discuss your needs.