Steel storage tanks are a long-term solution when storing different kinds of liquid such as water, fuel and chemical. Homes and businesses often choose this type because of its durability, cost efficiency, and quality of material. Steel storage tanks, however, may still corrode and leak due to poor maintenance. Prevent this from happening in three simple yet effective ways.
Conduct Routine Inspections
To ensure its quality and cleanliness, ask an industry professional to inspect your steel storage tank at least once a year. There are two options for inspection namely dry and Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) assessment, which primarily depend on the technique you would like. A dry inspection removes all liquid from the tank, so that qualified personnel can conduct an internal check. An ROV inspection, however, doesn’t require draining, which makes it cheaper than the former. Both methods are ideal for underground and above ground storage tanks.
Check for Rust and Leaks
Steel storage tanks initially consist of layers of bees wax to prevent oxidation and corrosion. This protective coating, however, may not last that long due to heat and steam. When this occurs, your steel storage tank will rust and form internal leaks. Prevent this by placing your tank away from the sun, and conducting regular cleaning. If it does rust or leak, repair it by welding patches or covering it with epoxy-based compounds.
Maintain Tightness of Seal
Inspection hatches and seals provide access to liquid level indicators, submersible booster pumps, visual inspection of the water level, and sediment accumulation at the bottom of the tank. To prevent dirt, debris and bacteria from coming in, make sure to seal them tightly after use. Do this by installing gaskets, locks and multiple bolts around the area of the cover. Apart from preventing corrosion, this also ensures the cleanliness of the liquid inside.
Regular maintenance can prolong the life of your steel storage tank. These three simple ways do not only ensure its stability, but also assures the quality of the stored liquid. Always seek the advice of an industry professional when checking the internal parts of your tank.