Protective tank linings

April 28, 2009

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Like any material on earth that interacts with other matters and elements, storage tanks cannot escape the ravages of corrosion that gradually weaken its structural integrity over time. Inside a storage tank, changes are taking place when air, the tank’s contents and the material of the tank’s walls come in direct contact with each other. This change ushers corrosion, which occurs regardless of the type of tank content — be it liquid materials like fuel, water or gas, or solid materials such as sand, flour or rocks.

Industrial storage tanks must have high-quality tank linings installed in the walls of the inner chamber to prevent damages caused by corrosion and other types of deterioration such as abrasions, rusting, cracking, among others. Tank linings are also essential for the prevention of spillage that can lead to serious safety and health risks.

To prevent the onset of structural damages caused by corrosion and other caustic interactions inside the tank, the application of tank linings offers protection to the inner walls. Tank linings also repair any damage that has already occurred. When high-quality tank linings have been successfully applied, corrosion is halted from spreading, lessening the necessity of frequent maintenance and repair. When repairs are few, the useful life of the tank is lengthened, which has a direct effect on cost. Tank linings also play a critical role in preventing the growth of health-threatening micro-organisms that breed when the tank sustains liquid permeations from minute cracks and tears.

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