water tank linings repairs

Is it Time to Refurbish Your Water Storage Tank Linings?

No commercial operation that relies on water storage tanks should want the disruption and expense of a water tank failure and yet, tanks naturally degrade over time. When a tank problem occurs, and preferably beforehand, call the experts in water storage tank linings and tank lining repairsIt is usually less expensive to repair and extend the life of a tank than to replace it.

How to Tell if Your Water Storage Tank Has Problems

Here are some telltale signs of water storage tank problems:

  • Signs of leakage around the tank.
  • Visible cracks or stress marks on the tank exterior.
  • Unusual changes in the volume of liquid stored in the tank.
  • Evidence of damage to the tank itself.
  • Evidence of current lining delamination.

Swift and professional tank lining repairs will save money for the enterprise and prevent other negative cost or operational impacts.

Why Does a Water Storage Tank Liner Need to be Refurbished?

Compromises to a tank can include the effects of cold weather, corrosive chemicals in use around the tank, the effects of natural aging, plumbing failures, tank physical safety issues, external events including fire, flood, and impact, and poor maintenance.

Advances in Water Storage Tank Technology

Historically water storage tanks have been constructed of steel or concrete. However, fiberglass storage tanks have become popular for both underground and above ground use because they are effective in resisting both internal and external corrosion, they are more economical to purchase, they are tight and durable, they are lighter than either steel or concrete and that simplifies transportation, installation, or relocation.

Tank linings and tank lining repairs have historically included lead-based paints, various epoxies, and vinyl ester products. However, since the mid-1950s, Fiberglass reinforced polymer (FRP) has been increasingly used for tank bottom replacements, tank repairs, and installation of tank liners.

FRP linings:

  • Use versatile technology.
  • Can effectively bridge holes and cracks, with double laminates withstanding up to 82psi.
  • Cost significantly less than replacing a steel or concrete tank bottom.
  • Are lightweight and high strength.
  • Enable quick repair work so the tank is placed back in service more rapidly and with less operational downtime.
  • Are durable, showing in many instances a 35-plus history of service.
  • Effectively bond to storage tank surfaces, thus preventing leakage. The thicker the FRP lining film the more protective the lining installation, ensuring liquid-tight containment.
  • Are maintenance-free with exceptional reliability to protect tank assets.
  • Have excellent thermal insulating properties.

Get Expert Assistance for FRP Tank Linings Repair

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 and tank lining repairs, and custom fabrication.   Our products provide corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, heat resistance, abrasion resistance, and more.