Fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) is a popular method of making tank repairs. FRP tank liners have a lot of design flexibility. You can customize FRP liners to fit your needs. FRP has a high strength to weight ratio. It is lighter than metal but retains the strength. FRP tanks can be installed underground without tearing up the entire system. Still, for all the benefits, you can’t just leave your FRP tanks alone and expect them to operate efficiently without regular maintenance. You should also be prepared to watch for problems with your FRP tanks, to make fiberglass repairs before big problems ensue.
How Does a Commercial Water Tank Get Damaged?
FRP tank linings have three layers between the chemical in the tank and the tank itself. These three layers are composed of different materials designed to protect the tank and prevent chemical penetration. These linings are designed to hold up under harsh conditions.
Although FRP tanks are designed to be low maintenance, their surroundings can cause problems. The sun’s UV rays can break down the FRP structure and resin, which can cause the FRP tank to fail. The seams can often fail, because these are installed after the manufacturing proves. FRP is prone to scratches. When the outside of the tank is damaged, it can cause micro-cracks on the FRP lining. Crystals can build up in tanks. If you use different liquids in the tank, it can also damage the FRP surface.
Maintenance for FRP Tanks & Tank Liners
To prevent issues, you need a maintenance and inspection schedule. An annual inspection can help you maximize performance of a commercial water tank. Look for small problems and make repairs quickly to avoid unscheduled downtime. Schedule maintenance to ensure your tank’s life.
The Picon team has the experience to keep your FRP tanks working efficiently. We can help you monitor your system to catch small problems before they need major repairs. An FRP tank can last up to 20 years or even longer, when you take care of it. We’ve been serving the Bay Area and Northern California for over 35 years. We have the experience to help you keep your tanks functional, and you can count on us to be here when you need us. Contact us today for all your FRP needs.