Do you own or operate a business that utilizes frac tanks or other types of storage tanks to hold either liquids or solids? Perhaps you are in charge of managing the stormwater storage tanks for your municipality? Either way, it is important to initiate a storage tank maintenance program that includes both cleaning and proper maintenance on a regular basis. This may actually be a requirement based on the type of materials that you are storing, but even if it is not required the practice should still be put into place.
This is due to the fact that frac tanks, weir tanks, and stormwater storage tanks can become compromised over time. This vulnerability is typically caused by normal wear and tear, excessive wear and tear based on the materials being stored, and any damage that may happen to occur during standard operation. If you fail to have your storage tanks inspected and cleaned per the maintenance schedule, you are actually taking the risk of the tanks leaking. That means whatever materials were stored in the tanks is now on the ground.
If the tanks are kept in an indoor facility, the spills must be cleaned up by a professional environmental company immediately. Otherwise the spill will makes its way to the drainage system, and could possibly enter into nearby waterways if the drainage system is not properly maintained. If that occurs, you are responsible for the cleanup from a legal standpoint. Not to mention you will be facing fines from the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA for short.
On the other hand, if your storage tanks leak and are located outside, whatever chemical or other materials that is stored in the tank will leak directly into the ground. At that point, the chemical or other material can enter directly into the aquifer, which means you may actually be polluting the drinking water for the surrounding area. Just imagine what the cleanup costs and EPA fines will cost you in that case. It could easily run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
These types of situations have been known to bankrupt some companies and put others completely out of business. Even small leaks can be a stressful nuisance to say the least. The good news is that a storage tank maintenance plan will go a significantly long way in preventing that from happening. Professional frac tank, weir tank, and stormwater tank maintenance companies have the ability, experience, and know how to properly drain the tank, inspect the tank, and clean the tank.
Professional storage tank technicians can get into confined spaces in order to take care of the business at hand. In addition, professional storage tank maintenance companies have the proper equipment to clean your frac tank, weir tank, or stormwater storage tank. These units should only be cleaned out with the use of a vacuum truck and a water spraying system that includes customized nozzles that thoroughly clean the interior of the tanks without causing any damage to the tanks themselves. The vacuum truck is then utilized to remove the water used to clean the tanks, and then safely disposes that water at the proper disposal facility.
In conclusion, it is incredibly important to have any storage tanks that you are responsible for maintained correctly. Otherwise you are taking the unnecessary risk of causing leaks that may very well pollute the environment.
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