The biggest threat to metal water storage towers and tanks is Mother Nature, as she is responsible for damaging corrosion that can destroy these structures over time.
Fortunately, there are some effective ways to slow that corrosion and make it possible to get a full life out of every tank and tower without losing it to uncontrolled corrosion.
With a qualified water storage tower engineering service on your side, you can reduce repair and replacement costs by addressing corrosion head-on before it debilitates your tanks and becomes a major problem.
Slowing Corrosion Takes Regular Inspections and Maintenance
The key to keeping up with corrosion is always knowing the condition of a water tank or tower and then taking steps to keep that tower or tank in good condition.
That starts with regularly required inspections performed by a water storage tower service that uses the latest technology and can accurately determine condition and what type of maintenance is required.
It continues with actually performing that maintenance that typically revolves around corrosion prevention and repair.
Maintenance, including tank coatings and preparations used to prevent corrosion, must be addressed individually as every tank and tower will have different needs based on location, water properties, environmental regulations, and more.
Protect Water Tanks and Towers With Effective Corrosion Prevention
The main weapon against water storage tank corrosion is applying a corrosion prevention coating to cover the metal on both the inside and outside.
Choosing and applying a coating is not as easy as it might seem because the coating has to be resilient as well as safe enough to use where it will be constantly in contact with the tank contents, especially with tanks used for storing potable water.
Exterior coatings for water tanks present the fewest concerns and are generally made from acrylic polymers and applied by a water storage tower service directly to the metal.
Super corrosion-resistant coatings designed with high chemical and UV-resistance are easy to apply and look good for many years if the coating is well-maintained.
Interior coatings are a different concern altogether.
There are now many types of interior coatings, each with different qualities:
- Water-Based Epoxy - Convenient application, acid-resistant.&
- High Solid Epoxy - Frequently used as a base coat on a previously-coated tank, over lead-based coatings, or as an immersion-service grade sealant coat over. Has lowest VOC levels, pass NSF/ANSI standards, and is salt, acid, chemical, and moisture-resistant.&
- High Solid Polyurethane - Versatile, low-VOC coatings that replaced lead-based coatings.
Get A Corrosion Prevention Plan From Experienced Professionals
Water storage tower and tank maintenance is costly; however, it is nowhere near as costly as having to replace the whole thing due to uncontrolled corrosion.
To find the right method for keeping your company’s tanks and towers maintained and serviceable for a long time, consult with a tank engineering service that understands your needs as well as what coatings and other preventive methods should be used to maintain your tanks.
The appropriate coating applied correctly will extend the life of this expensive equipment and adhere to required safety specifications for maintaining environmental and public health at the same time!