Storage tanks are an important feature of virtually every production and manufacturing facility around the country. They are used to store such things as petroleum products, various chemicals, acids, water, and waste matter. Many storage tanks are built from metal, but some are made of fiberglass. No matter the construction, no tank will last forever. A tank may experience the natural effects of corrosion, a failure in the tank structure, or the tank coating or may need to be repurposed for some other tank contents, requiring a change of lining. When tank rehabilitation is called for, sandblasting may be required in the restoration process. Then, it is time to call in an expert sandblasting Bay Area company.
Signs a Storage Tank Needs Help
A compromised storage tank can result in increased product costs, safety hazards, and environmental damage. These signs indicate that a storage tank may need some restoration work:
- Evidence of rust, weeps, wet spots, or apparent damage to the tank’s surface.
- Irregularities or bumps that are visible along the bottom of the tank.
- Signs of leakage around the tank, fittings, and valves.
- Abnormal changes in the volume of liquid or gas contained in the tank.
- Visible cracks or stress marks in the tank exterior.
Storage Tank Restoration Work
Steel tanks can be restored using industrial coatings and painting and by installing a fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) lining. Preparation steps involve dry abrasive blasting, also called sandblasting—propelling an abrasive material against a surface under high pressure. Sandblasting is used to smooth down, roughen up, remove corrosion and contaminants from surfaces. A qualified sandblasting service Bay Area team will utilize sandblasting to prepare surfaces prior to the application of epoxy coatings or other industrial coatings. It is important to select the right abrasive materials for the substrate being blasted. That requires a combination of science, engineering, and experience to get the job done right.
Following the sandblasting to remove old coatings or foreign matter, a profile of the substrate is made to determine the proper surface preparation and a determination of the best coatings and linings.
Mobile Pressure Washing
A superior sandblasting Bay Area company will bring its truck-mounted sandblasting equipment to the facility needing the work. That includes quality pressure washing equipment to clean surfaces after abrasive blasting services are completed.
Get Expert Storage Tank Sandblasting Service in the Bay Area
Contact Picon FRP, Inc., based in San Pablo, CA and serving the San Francisco Bay Area. Picon FRP, Inc. is a full-service manufacturer and field service provider of industrial fiber reinforced plastic and anti-corrosion products, tank repairs, and custom fabrication. Tank repair capabilities include on-site sandblasting and mobile pressure washing. Our products provide corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, heat resistance, abrasion resistance, and more.