Routine checks to keep tanks running

INSPECTION GUIDE FOR STATIONARY TANKS

WHAT TO CHECK, AND WHEN

Our tanks survive in the most austere environments because of clever design and superior build quality. Here are the simple checks and housekeeping you need to keep stationary tanks ready to refuel.

Every week, your tank should be inspected for any debris or vegetation. Keeping the area around it clear ensures any drips, leaks or spills can be identified immediately. If you have firefighting media fitted, check all is in place weekly, and test their pressure and function every 6-months.

Doors should be visually inspected each month, and cabinet door hinges greased annually. You can also spray PTFE grease on the locking mechanism. Ball valve operation should also be checked weekly, and a visual inspection of signage for wear or damage once a month.

“EVERY WEEK, YOUR TANK SHOULD BE INSPECTED FOR DEBRIS OR VEGETATION. KEEPING THE AREA AROUND IT CLEAR ENSURES ANY DRIPS, LEAKS OR SPILLS CAN BE IDENTIFIED IMMEDIATELY”

Vents, fittings and pipelines require a visual check every week for signs of leaks or damage – and a physical check for bolt tightness, paint deterioration and the general condition of pumps, vents and valves every six months.

A weekly check for water or product in the interstitial space (containment area) may require you to remove any accumulation of rainwater and diesel. This requires competence and the appropriate PPE. Any waste should be treated as hazardous and disposed of in accordance with local regulations.

Finally, the tank earthing should be visually checked every month, and continuity tested annually.

In some regions, additional checks for static tanks are mandatory – but if you keep to this simple list of routine checks and service items, our stationary tanks are engineered to outlast anything on the market.

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