Spring is almost here, which means many different industries are digging their heels in and making necessary repairs and maintenance to get their equipment ready for another year. One piece of equipment you ought to be paying attention to yourself is your above ground storage tank, or AST.
Chemical tanks are highly durable and can last for a long period of time. But they don’t last forever. So how do you know whether your chemical tank needs a little elbow grease or whether it’s time to seek out a new replacement?
Here are some of the most common signs that its time for a new stainless steel storage tank.
Your tank has been around for more than 15 years
Stainless steel chemical tanks are incredible when it comes to durability. Unlike concrete tanks, stainless steel tanks can’t easily crack and they’re leak-free.
But although stainless steel chemical tanks can maintain their properties and shape over a long period of time, it’s important to replace them if it’s been between 15 to 20 years. After this time, your tank can start to lose its luster and damage may be more common.
The tank isn’t staying clean
Stainless steel chemical tanks are very easy to clean and they’re considered more hygienic than other types of tanks. This is crucial when the tank is housing products like food or water.
If your chemical tank doesn’t seem to be staying clean, it could be a sign that corrosion has started to take place inside the tank. When corrosion begins, it’s important to replace your stainless steel chemical tank to keep it from affecting the materials inside.
Additionally, it’s important that you clean your stainless steel chemical tank regularly to keep corrosion at bay. Deposits, water, and mechanical abrasion can impact the integrity of the tank and damage the tank’s protective layers.
Looking for high-quality stainless steel storage tanks?
The four most common types of metal used in the U.S. construction industry include carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and copper. Stainless steel, in particular, is known for its strength and resistance to rust.
Central Fabricators offers stainless steel chemical tanks, coil pipes, and jacketed reactors so you can find everything you need in one place. To learn more about our stainless steel storage tank and coil pipes, contact Central Fabricators today.