Industrial Fuel Tank Safety & Protection in Southern California

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Industrial fuel tanks are susceptible to many debilitating issues that can cause serious damage. Your business, employees and customers can all be at risk if fuel tanks are not properly maintained. Listed below are ways to protect your fuel tank and those around it from harm while keeping your business running smoothly.

  • Coating tanks can support the weaknesses of these materials, from inner linings to exterior protective coatings. Coatings can provide: corrosion protection, chemical resistance, leak prevention and repair, and are cost-efficient as they save you from spending on expensive repairs down the line. Painting companies can provide specialty coatings or secondary containment, which protect both interior and exterior surfaces of the tank from damage.
  • Proper inspection is a major aspect to industrial tank maintenance of all sorts. Regularly scheduling inspections can help you find damage that you could not outwardly notice.
  • Since the contents of the fuel tank are naturally volatile, explosion and fire can erupt from lightning or static buildup. Storage tanks at oil and gas production and disposal facilities are prone to lightning strikes, especially when tanks are made of fiberglass. There are several steps to protect your tank from lightning, including: bonding, grounding, static dissipation and structural protection.
  • There are California state regulations to follow in order to promote safety. For example, the fuel storage system must contain a certain fuel quantity, avoid leakage and limit emissions. Your fuel tank should also be filled securely without sparking. Properly gauging and venting the tank are also important aspects to tank safety.
  • The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association lists regulations for stationary storage tanks that hold 250 gallons or more. They provide solutions for the transfer of gasoline into stationary storage tanks, mobile fuelers and into vehicle fuel tanks.

For more helpful information on tank maintenance or coating tanks, be sure to read our other posts about how to maintain water tanks, corrosion protection for industrial tanks and benefits to industrial tank coatings.

If your tanks need maintenance, don’t wait for an issue to arise. For those in Los Angeles, Santa Fe Springs, Pico Rivera, Whittier, Downey and Norwalk, contact Cor-Ray Painting Company. Cor-Ray provides coating and secondary containment services for fuel tanks as well as all types of industrial tanks, including: potable and non-potable water tanks, thermal energy storage tanks, chemical storage vessels and various others. Call 562-906-9770 or click to find out more.

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