Why Add Interior Coating to New Storage Tanks in Colorado?

June 8, 2017 9:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There is heavy focus on the exterior coating of new storage tanks in Colorado because that is what people see when they visit your plant or drive down the road. However, the interior coating is just as important and requires special consideration. Even if you store non-corrosive materials, an interior coating is beneficial for your assets and the longevity of your tank. Here are five reasons storage tanks have an interior coating:

  • Regulatory compliance:S. regulations require interior coatings in tanks. Some materials are not allowed to be in contact with others, and that can include the tank steel and the items you store. For example, to prevent metal contamination, water tanks for potable water must have an inside sealant that supports water purity. When we arrive at a job, we ask many questions about the materials you store so we can choose the right interior coating for your industry. If you fail an inspection, that results in fines for you and a black mark on our record as well!
  • Reduce corrosion: The corrosive elements from outside the tank are well known. Wind, rain and fire can threaten the integrity of your materials as well as the tanks themselves. However, if you store fuel or chemicals, they can eat your tank from the inside. Since you likely do not want to replace tanks every year or so, an interior coating reduces this possibility. Your tanks protect people and the environment from these substances, but require their own protection, too.
  • Safety: The substances inside a tank must be kept secure, but it goes further than that. If you store chemicals or fuel, you must also contain the fumes. Failing to do so risks regulatory scrutiny and threats to public health. There have been many lawsuits arising out of exposure to toxic fumes that are traced back to the nearby chemical or fertilizer plant. When we choose an interior coating, we also consider fumes and their containment. The exterior coating also plays a role in this, but the interior is the first line of defense so fumes do not leave the tank.
  • Food purity: There are requirements for interior coatings on water tanks since purity must be maintained. The same is true for food items like grain. You run a risk of metallic poisoning if you do not have a good coating, and there is also the risk of spoilage if you do not treat your tank properly. To maintain food purity, you must take steps both inside and outside your tank. We start with an interior coating approved for food storage and use exterior paint to provide further protection.
  • Cost savings: It is likely that you would rather maintain current storage tanks than replace them. If you allow them to corrode or fail, that only generates more expenses in terms of tank and asset loss, as well as legal fees in some cases. Adding an interior coating is a good precaution if you want to save money over the long term.

If you need interior coating for new storage tanks in Colorado, call DJC Enterprises Inc. today. We have been in business since 1984 and look forward to maintaining and painting your tanks.

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