Here are some interesting facts about storage tanks and storage tank maintenance. Industrial plants and other types of operators across a wide range of industries store water and chemical liquids in large storage tanks. These storage tanks can be located above ground or underground. Above ground storage tanks can up upwards of 300 feet in diameter and can contain anywhere from 500,000 to 12 million gallons. On the other hand, underground tanks, which are preferred by gas stations, can only hold between 6,000 and 10,000 gallons of liquids or semi-solids.
Regular inspections and storage tank maintenance is needed in order to determine corrosion rates. So, when should you take part in storage tank maintenance and cleaning? The answer actually depends on the products that are stored within them. However, there are some basic times when storage tank maintenance is needed for all storage tanks no matter what is housed within them. For example, if you are conducting an internal or agency inspection then you need to have the storage tanks taken out of service for the inspection.
They should also be cleaned and any necessary storage tank maintenance should be conducted prior to the inspection. You also need to take part in storage tank maintenance if you are planning to store different liquids or semi-solids in the tanks. At that point a thorough storage tank cleaning is needed. For example, if you’re switching from a particular chemical to water, you need to ensure that the chemical is completely removed from the storage tanks. Otherwise the residue can easily contaminate the water. Last but certainly not least; you should take part in storage tank maintenance if there are any apparent issues with the tank or tanks.
In essence, if there are any mechanical based failures in any of your storage tanks, the tanks in question must be fully emptied and then repaired while the tank or tanks are out of service. The safest route is to completely empty the storage tank, have it cleaned, and ensure that it is vapor free before entering the tank in order to make any necessary repairs. All of that being stated, only a professional company who has years of experience with storage tank maintenance should attempt to clean, maintain, and repair your storage tanks.
Although you may be tempted to have your employees attempt the task it is not a good idea to say the least. In fact, anyone other than a highly trained and experienced professional can do more harm than good. In essence, your employees can cause a great deal of damage to the storage tanks. They can also cause a great deal of damage to themselves in the form of injuries.
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