Coating Secondary Containment in Southern California

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Many Southern California tanks or tank farms need secondary containment systems to control any leaks or ruptures from the tanks. And just as coating tanks is important, so many secondary containment structures also need coating. Whether the particular containment is required by the EPA or is simply a recommended safety measure, many opt for a cementitious secondary containment protected by coatings applied by a qualified coatings contractor in California.

A secondary containment structure made from concrete or a similar material may seem to be sufficient to contain the oil, fuel, water or chemicals in your tanks. Part of the reason for a coating system is that concrete is porous as well as prone to decay from weather, impact and chemical exposure. Industrial coatings such as epoxy or other plural component coatings serve as a concrete sealer to prevent chips and cracks from forming and facilitate easy and thorough cleanup in the event leaks or spills, and extend the life of your investment.

The exact coating used depends on the chemicals you need to contain, as well as the environment and material of the secondary containment system. Epoxy coatings are a common type for coating tanks and secondary containment, as are polyurethanes, polyureas and other concrete sealer coatings. The surface will often need to be cleaned by sand blasting, dry ice blasting or another appropriate surface preparation method. Coatings can then be applied by spraying or troweling, depending on the material applied.

For help determining the coating you need for your secondary containment system in California, contact Cor-Ray Painting Company. As a full service industrial coatings contractor in California, Cor-Ray offer experience and expertise to your projects, serving from San Diego to Long Beach to L.A. and far beyond. Call our office in Santa Fe Springs at (562) 906-9770.

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