In 1994, an oil pipeline corroded in the Kolva River, spilling 84 million gallons of oil. When we entrust our equipment with potentially damaging material, we’ve got to keep it in quality condition.
While your steel tank probably doesn’t hold 84 million gallons, it can still leak hazardous liquids if not maintained. So when is it time to have your unit replaced? Keep reading for the signs to look for.
How Long Does a Steel Tank Last?
When considering replacing a steel water tank or otherwise, it’s helpful to know how long they typically hold up. While some in the industry have lifespans of over 40 years, it’s likely that your steel tank will start to develop issues around 15 to 20. If you’ve had your tank for that long, it is worth it to you to check for issues.
Aspects That Affect the Lifespan of a Steel Tank
There are a few essential conditions to look for when assessing your steel tank. These are both internal and external and include:
- Rust and dents
- Wet spots
- Unstable legs
- Exposure to extreme elements
- Faulty vent alarms
- Unprotected lines
- Pipe clogs
You’ll often find that steel tanks start to corrode from the inside. It is imperative to check for this before it develops; once the corrosion exposes itself through the metal, it may be too late.
Check all vents and connections for leaks. Any exposed holes to your tank can allow for moisture and snow to get inside, causing rust. If any leaks are found, ensure the unit is serviced as soon as possible.
Steel Tank Maintenance
During the winter, you’ll want to take special care that your tank is protected. If you live in a location that sees a lot of snow, try to regularly wipe down your unit to keep the weight from stressing the metal frame.
You’ll also want to cover it from any points of damage. The smallest bump or collision can cause dents, which lead to rust. Guarantee a clear path to your unit for easy maintenance access.
Replacing a Steel Tank
If you’ve noticed any of these issues developing, you might start considering steel tank replacement. Lighter and easier to install than its concrete competition, replacing a steel tank is a cost-efficient alternative to the damage it could cause from a major failure.
But there are many options to choose from when considering a new steel tank. Forge Global offers vertical insulation tanks that are perfect for inclement weather conditions. Or, if you live in temperate climates, check out their other options.
More on Steel Tank Repair
Whether you’ve had your unit for several years or are receiving it used, proper maintenance will keep it lasting longer than its rating. Still, a steel tank is prone to damage, and knowing when the right time to replace it is critical. For more on servicing steel tanks and other industry insights, check out our Business section.