Tips When Choosing Above Ground Liquid Storage Tanks

Above ground liquid storage tanks are found all around the country and used in a wide variety of commercial, industrial, manufacturing and residential applications. These tanks can vary in size from a few hundred gallons to millions of gallons and this all depends on the individual needs for the tanks. Custom built tanks can be constructed in unique shapes to suit smaller, confined areas or to work with existing structures and other tanks.

Quality Counts

Liquid storage tanks can be used to contain, store and hold a variety of different types of liquid. This may include wastewater that is yet to be processed, grey water, fracking liquids, chemical storage, fuel storage or even potable water for human consumption.

Regardless of the use you have for liquid storage tanks you want them to be of superior quality and construction. Leaks, spills, defects and irregularities in the design and construction of the tank can lead to costly repairs, fines and even downtime as a new tank is brought in and installed.

Tank Requirements

Understanding what you need the tank for and what the specific regulations and requirements are based on local, state and federal laws will be critical in selecting above ground liquid storage tanks. This is particularly true for chemical, fuel or hazardous waste containment but it is equally important for storing grey and wastewater as well as potable drinking water.

In many situations you will be required to have a cover, either a fixed or floating cover, to fully contain the liquid and prevent any possible risk of contamination. For large liquid storage tanks a floating cover, which is made from the same material as the lining membrane, is the best option to reduce any off-gassing from the liquid.

Specialized Options

Another important consideration is the type of liner used in the tank itself. Liners can be single or double, with double offering an extra layer of security and protection. Other specialized considerations include inlets and outlets, drains, baffles and sumps for getting liquids into and out of the tank in positions that work with your existing piping.

Above ground liquid storage tanks can be permanently bolted in place on concrete pads or foundations or they can be set on most level, solid and firm surfaces including dirt and gravel. These tanks are versatile, practical and virtually maintenance free.

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Thomas Carren

About Thomas Carren

Thomas Carren, VP of ModuTank Inc. has his degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and more than fifty years’ experience in product design and photography, model building, advertising and copy writing.
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