The US uses 322 billion gallons of water a day. Across the country, hundreds of water tanks are used to store accessible water for both personal and commercial use. Food and beverage preparation, household use, agriculture and irrigation, fire suppression, and industrial manufacturing are the most common uses.
By the end of this article, you’ll gain more insight into:
- Why a water storage tank leaks
- Options to repair a leaky tank
- How to prevent leakage in a water tank
There are several reasons a water storage tank may leak. Some of the most common reasons include corrosion, continual overfilling or excessive pressure, piping failure, and lack of proper maintenance.
Naturally, over time, especially when not properly maintained, things begin to corrode. Deterioration of water storage tanks becomes most prevalent when exposed to extreme changes in natural elements.
Overflow and excessive pressure
When water storage tanks are built, they are designed to hold a particular amount of pressure. When that pressure exceeds that threshold, trouble happens. A continual overfilling of water can also cause additional wear on the tank speeding up the eventual deterioration process.
In addition to the storage tank itself, the pipes that provide input and output of water, need maintenance and replacement over time. Pipes and their connecting fittings deteriorate allowing for brittleness and cracks. One corroded pipe can cost thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Poor upkeep of a water storage tank can cause leakage. Not replacing fuel filters, pipes, and addressing the wear and tear of the tank itself (both inside and out), can bring a slew of issues.
If you’re reading this article searching for a solution to replacing a water storage tank, you’ve come to the right place. Water storage tanks that have begun to leak are fixable. Here are a few options.
Water tank liners
One of the most cost-saving ways to repair a water tank leak is through the use of a custom-fabricated, industrial-grade water tank liner. These liners are a less costly alternative to tank replacement or tank coating. Liners from Carson Manufacturing contain no solvent or glue and require minimal downtime. They are durable and long-lasting and go through rigorous inspection and testing.
Water tank coating
Depending on the type and external conditions of the water tank, a fluorourethane, polysiloxane, ceramic, or epoxy coating may be suitable. It is crucial to select an application that is conducive to the usage of the tank.
Most seeking solutions to water storage tank leaks are probably doing so in a reactive state. However, preventing leakage before it happens is best.
Here are a few ways you can prevent first-time or continual leaks in water storage tanks.
- Add a water tank liner: Before the leak starts, consider adding a water tank liner. This liner acts as a second tank and can long preserve the life of the tank itself.
- Maintenance: Staying on top of regular maintenance is crucial to prevent leaks in all water storage tank components.
- Don’t be excessive: Don’t overfill tanks, and don’t add unnecessary pressure.
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