The mortal enemy of aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) and facility or infrastructure owners is corrosion. Corrosion can eat away at the walls, bottom, or top of a tank, damaging it. Damaged tanks mean that materials can no longer be stored in them. This is where tank cleaning in Utah comes in.
Without storage tanks, processes in your facility or infrastructure may be slowed or halted altogether. At the same time, you who own the facility can suffer significant financial losses due to both the delayed facility processes and the repair or replacement of damaged tanks.
You can make sure your ASTs are protected. During the design of new ASTs, you can already add a corrosion protection system into the AST design. The system has to be in accordance with American Petroleum Institute (API) standards 651 and 1632.
Speaking of API standards, you can protect and line the interior of your ASTs cathodically according to API 652. You can also cathodically protect and inspect the tanks using API 653. You can have environmental services here in Utah to perform a tank cleaning of your ASTs as well. They can monitor corrosion rate and make sure your ASTs are in top condition.
Simple Preventive Measures
You can also install other protective measures for your AST or AST farm. You can elevate your ASTs on tank supports with only the base in contact with the soil. You can also erect your AST on a concrete pad. The pad protects the underside of the tank from water accumulation.
New Protective Technology
ASTs are especially vulnerable to soil-side corrosion. Recently, a study has found that introducing volatile corrosion inhibitors (VCIs) into the tank pad can be an effective counter. Injected VCIs during the study mitigated carbon steel bottom plate corrosion in only the first year of application. Press releases indicate that VCIs can be used on its own or in conjunction with a cathodic protection system.
You can perform any of the preventive measures or install the protective systems discussed previously. When you need to monitor the degree of corrosion of your aboveground storage tanks, you can hire environmental services.