Storage tanks can store any kind of liquid. It can be the storage container for oil and fuel, chemicals, and even fertilizer. With the sensitivity of these materials, it’s no wonder there are rigorous safety guidelines in place. But these storage tanks are not prone to leaks and other signs of wear. At which point do you decide to replace them?
Signs of Rust
Some chemicals stored in a tank can be corrosive. And while tank fabrication and design often takes this into account, over time rust may still form on the liner or joints of the tank. These signs mean that the storage tank is not able to keep its integrity or that of its contents. Rather than compounding the problem, it’s best to replace the tank right away.
Leaks and Weak Spots
The last thing you want is to see signs of leaks in your tank. Above ground tanks will show signs of leaks first on welded joints, which are their weakest spots. A leaking underground storage tank may contaminate soil or ground water. Anywhere there is a break in the tank’s construction, a potential leak may occur. You may have the tank repaired by a licensed storage tank repair specialist, but make sure they also reinforce the entire tank. You do not want to fix a leak only to deal with another leak in a different location.
When Repair Is Not Enough
Sometimes it’s less expensive and safer to replace a tank right away, even if the damage is minimal. Remember, lives are at risk if the storage tank cannot do its job properly. Have an inspector assess the extent of the damage and ask them if it’s wiser to just get a new tank.
When dealing with storage tanks, there is no room for error. Lives may be lost if you do not follow an inspector’s recommendations. No amount of money you can save from repairs can bring those lives back.