Effective Leak Detection Techniques For Storage Tanks

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Protecting your investment in above ground storage tanks requires diligent maintenance, and one crucial aspect of that maintenance is leak detection. Leaks in your tanks can lead to material loss, environmental damage, and even tank failure. ATM Tanks, with more than 15 years of experience working with the government, energy, and mining sectors, is well-equipped to help you safeguard your tanks with effective leak detection and repair services. In this comprehensive guide, we will discuss various leak detection techniques and how ATM Tanks can help you maintain the performance and safety of your storage tanks.

Visual Inspection

Routine Monitoring

One of the simplest yet most critical methods of leak detection in above ground storage tanks is a regular visual inspection. By routinely monitoring your tanks, you can identify any signs of leakage, corrosion, or structural issues that may result in leaks over time.

Professional Inspection Services

Enlisting the help of professional inspection services like ATM Tanks ensures that your visual inspections are thorough, accurate, and reliable. Our experts are trained to spot the early signs of leaks or potential leak points, allowing you to address issues before they escalate.

Pressure Testing

Hydrostatic Testing

Pressure testing is an essential component of leak detection, with hydrostatic testing being one of the most common techniques. Hydrostatic testing involves filling the tank with water and carefully monitoring for any pressure changes or leaks. ATM Tanks’ technicians are experienced in performing hydrostatic tests, ensuring accurate results and prompt repair implementation if necessary.

Pneumatic Testing

Another form of pressure testing, pneumatic testing involves filling the tank with a gas—usually air or nitrogen—and monitoring for pressure changes. While pneumatic testing can be faster than hydrostatic testing, it also has a higher risk level and requires specific safety measures. ATM Tanks’ team can help determine if pneumatic testing is a suitable option for your facility and ensure that it is performed safely and effectively.

Acoustic Emission Testing

Detecting Leak-Induced Sounds

Acoustic emission testing is a non-invasive leak detection technique that identifies leaks by monitoring the sounds produced by escaping fluids or structural strains. ATM Tanks’ professionals are adept at conducting acoustic emission tests, pinpointing the source of leaks accurately and efficiently.

Analysis of Acoustic Patterns

By analysing the acoustic patterns generated during testing, ATM Tanks’ technicians can identify the presence of leaks and their severity and potential impact, enabling you to make informed decisions about repairs or maintenance.

Tracer Techniques

Chemical Tracer Testing

Chemical tracer testing involves adding traceable chemicals to the fluid in the storage tank and monitoring those outside the tank. ATM Tanks’ experts can perform chemical tracer tests per industry standards, ensuring accurate and reliable results.

Gas Tracer Testing

Gas tracer testing is similar to chemical tracer testing but uses traceable gases like helium or nitrogen instead. ATM Tanks can help you determine the most appropriate tracer technique for your facility and conduct tests to confirm the presence or absence of leaks in your tanks.

Leak Repair and Maintenance

Prompt Leak Repair

Once a leak has been detected, swift and effective repair is crucial to prevent further damage or environmental contamination. ATM Tanks specialises in prompt and efficient leak repair services, ensuring that your above ground storage tanks return to optimal operation as soon as possible.

Preventative Maintenance

In addition to repairing leaks, ATM Tanks can help you develop a comprehensive preventative maintenance plan to reduce the risk of future leaks and maintain the performance and longevity of your tanks.


Effective leak detection is an essential aspect of maintaining the safety, efficiency, and performance of your above ground storage tanks. By utilising various detection techniques and enlisting the expertise of ATM Tanks for inspections and repairs, you can confidently maintain the highest standard of management for your valuable investment in storage tanks.

Don’t leave the safety and performance of your above ground storage tanks to chance. Reach out to ATM Tanks today to discuss your leak detection needs and learn how our highly skilled team can help you ensure the optimal condition of your tanks for years to come. Request a quote for specialised tank inspections now! 

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Aaron James
Aaron has been working at ATM Tanks for the past 5 years. He has completed a wide range of projects across Australia including new tank builds, cleaning and servicing existing tanks and countless tank inspections. However he has excelled recently at project management for ATM Tanks.

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