7 Signs You Need an Industrial Tank Reconstruction

In 1919, a distilling tank exploded in Puerto Rico due to unsatisfactory safety inspections. It emptied 2.5 million gallons of molasses and killed 21 people. 

While storage tank failures are common, but they are preventable. An industrial tank reconstruction might be the best way for you to avoid serious damage or destruction like this one and many more

Learn about the seven signs that might indicate your storage tank needs an industrial tank reconstruction. 

1. Corrosion 

Corrosion is the most common sign of an aboveground tank failure.

Over time, corrosion destroys the internal tank lining. This causes damage to the entire structure. A composite repair can fix corroded tank walls and give your tank a longer life. 

2. Unstable Support 

If you own an older tank or it was installed prior to your ownership, there’s no telling what condition the foundation is in. Given how much a tank can hold, secure flooring is invaluable to avoid spillage. 

3. Bumps and Indents

As a rule of thumb, holes in a tank are generally a bad sign.

Bumps, indents, or any irregularities on the bottom of your tank will tell you that erosion is taking place. After a time, the bumps will turn into holes, and tank leaks will occur.  

4. Leakage

It goes without saying, tank contents should be inside the tank, not outside. Leakage around the filter or valves is a clear indicator that something is not right.

It may be a plumbing issue or it could require an extensive internal tank reconstruction. Either way, it needs to be addressed as soon as possible. 

5. Clogged Tank Vent 

A clogged tank won’t result in a catastrophic leakage, but it can back up your tank and cause other kinds of damage. That’s why it’s important to make sure the vent is always clear and unrestricted.

6. Weather Damage  

Is your tank exposed to wild weather conditions?

Snow and ice can impact your tank more than you think. With snow, comes pressure on your tank’s roof. This can cause a roof collapse, or, in the case of ice, a puncture to the walls of your tank. 

7. Poor Maintenance 

Failing to look after your storage tank can lead to many avoidable problems. Always remember to regularly replace fuel filters and address maintenance issues. Keep your tank clean as well. 

If you’ve been skimping on tank maintenance or you don’t know the tank’s maintenance history, you may need to reconstruct it.

Time for an Industrial Tank Reconstruction

If you notice one or more of the above signs, you might need an industrial tank reconstruction. 

At RAK, we will inspect, repair, alter and reconstruct steel aboveground storage tanks used in petroleum and chemical industries. This is in accordance with API 653 standards. 

RAK is committed to ensuring our work is done safely and that we provide excellent value for our customers. If you’re in need of an urgent fix, we also offer emergency service assistance. 

Ready to make that call? Contact us today and let’s discuss the best tank repair and reconstruction options for you.  

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