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Important Tank Terms
Hiring a contractor for tank lining and rubber coating jobs requires various levels of knowledge regarding parts and equipment. Septic and water tanks can require different materials and equipment. Here are some important tank terms.
Tank - The storage of liquids or gases can sometimes require a specific type of tank. They can be under or above ground tanks. The lining and coating of the tanks can differ depending on what is being stored.
Septic - The septic tank is used for waste products. They are commonly built underground at a specific depth. A contractor will make sure the tank is kept at a certain distance and in a certain spot to adhere to health requirements.
Cistern - Large containers used to store liquids. These can be used to capture rainwater or take liquids from adjacent ponds or lakes. There is usually an inside lining or coating for proper storage of water.
Portable - Some tanks need to be taken from different location. Small, plastic portable tanks can often be carried. Some can be made of a poly material with rubber seals.
Piping - Moving the stored liquids or gases may be required. Some pipes can move them laterally and into different storage areas. They can be made of steel and move across mountains and fields to reach their destination such as fuel lines.
Tanks can be used to store and eventually transport liquids and gases kept inside. They can require energy or produce energy like solar glass panels. The storage of such materials requires specific linings and other materials.
Underground and above ground fuel and gas tanks require a liner to prevent corrosion. If the lining wears out, leakages may occur polluting the ground and environment. Companies should have vessels inspected regularly. At the first signs of trouble, a protective double coating, usually of an industrial sealant, is necessary. Depending on the vessel's contents, high temperature sealants may be required. The firm suggests the best solution to your problem.
Special firms will reapply the liners in your gas or fuel storage containers. They examine the interior and exterior. They'll choose the best coating for the liquid you store. Petroleum vessels holding things like oil, diesel or kerosene require a different application than vessels that hold wastewater. The material used may include elastomeric rubber, polyurethane, vinyl or epoxy. Conformal barriers keep moisture out ensuring your fuel is never contaminated by water.
Storage containers holding clean water may simply need a new cement lining. Others use spray-on powders that adhere to the metal, ceramic or concrete walls. Fiberglass vessels usually require epoxy or polyester resins for the protective barrier. Chemical vessels containing acids will need special materials on the inside of the container.
Once the firm has decided the best material, they will prepare the surface for the sealant layer. Many firms use sandblasting. This makes the surface rough enough for the new substance to adhere to the sides. They'll then wash away any grit and recoat your vessel's interior. Once dried, they check the job before allowing you to refill those vessels. If you need a tank coated, find a local firm and talk to their engineers about pricing and the best method.