Owning above ground storage tanks to store your liquid fertilizer can be a lot of work — especially if your tanks regularly fail their American Petroleum Institute (API) inspections. However, there is a large number of habits you can get into that will help you prepare your tanks for their API inspections and keep them in the best condition possible.
Want to be sure that your above ground storage tanks remain in the best condition possible for their API 653 inspections when they take place? Here are three of the best pointers for keeping liquid fertilizer tanks looking and functioning at the highest level:
Clean your tanks regularly
Dirty tanks don’t function as well as they should — and the gradual buildup of old materials can severely hamper your tanks and speed along corrosion. To prevent this from happening, consider having an outside tank cleaning company come in and clean your tanks periodically.
Consider outfitting your tanks with internal liners
Liquid fertilizer tanks are highly subject to corrosion, which weakens the tanks over time and makes them gradually more prone to leaks. However, internal flexible PVC tank liners can help protect your tanks’ shells from this corrosion and extend their lifespan significantly.
Perform regular inspections of your own
You don’t need to wait until API inspectors come to inspect your tanks to monitor the condition of these tanks. In fact, it’s highly recommended that all tank owners conduct a visual inspection of each of their tanks about once each month. When examining your tanks, be sure to look for signs of corrosion, evidence of leaks, distortions in the tank shell and the tank’s settlement patterns. Other good things to inspect include the tank’s foundation, paint coat, insulation and more.
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