Essential Tank Waterproofing Steps for Durability

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At ATM Tanks, we understand that maintaining the integrity of your tanks is vital for both efficiency and safety. Waterproofing is a critical aspect of this maintenance, especially for tanks subjected to harsh weather conditions or holding sensitive materials. Waterproofing prevents leaks and structural deterioration, extending your tanks’ lifespan and safeguarding the quality of what’s stored inside.

We have observed that a well-implemented waterproofing plan not only enhances the performance of tanks but also significantly reduces maintenance costs. Ignoring this crucial step can lead to water ingress, which may cause rust, corrosion, or other forms of damage that compromise tank stability over time. This article aims to equip you with the necessary knowledge to understand why waterproofing is essential, how to select the best materials, and how to apply them correctly.

Why Waterproofing Your Tanks Is Crucial

At ATM Tanks, we cannot stress enough the importance of waterproofing your tanks. This critical step in tank maintenance helps prevent a myriad of potential issues, paramount among them being structural damage and contamination. Water intrusion can accelerate the deterioration of tank materials, leading to leaks, rust, and eventual system failure. For tanks storing water-sensitive substances, such as chemicals or fuel, the implications of moisture ingress are not just costly repairs but also the serious risk of contamination, posing health and environmental hazards.

Moreover, proper waterproofing plays a pivotal role in extending the lifespan of tanks. It acts as a barrier against harsh weather elements, chemical attacks, and biological growth, all of which can undermine the tank’s integrity. Given this, the initial investment you make in waterproofing pays off by minimising the long-term maintenance costs and ensuring consistent tank performance amidst various operational challenges.

Choosing the Right Waterproofing Materials

Selecting suitable waterproofing materials for your tanks is crucial, and at ATM Tanks, we guide our clients through this decision-making process. The choice largely depends on factors such as the type of tank, the materials stored inside it, and environmental conditions. For instance, polyurethane liners are great for concrete tanks because of their flexibility and crack bridging properties, while bituminous coatings are preferred for steel tanks due to their robust corrosion resistance.

Furthermore, it’s essential to consider the durability and longevity of the waterproofing materials. Some materials are equipped with UV protectants to combat degradation from continuous exposure to sunlight, which is particularly beneficial for outdoor tanks. Eco-friendly options are also available, offering effective waterproofing without the adverse environmental impacts associated with traditional materials.

When we select waterproofing materials, we not only look at performance but also ease of application. The right materials should bond well with the tank surface, provide long-term protection, and require minimal upkeep. By choosing wisely, we ensure that your tanks remain secure, functional, and compliant with safety standards.

Step-by-Step Guide to Waterproofing Your Tanks

At ATM Tanks, we provide a comprehensive guide to effectively waterproof your tanks. The process begins with surface preparation, critical to ensure the waterproofing materials adhere properly. This involves cleaning the tank surface thoroughly and removing any rust, scale, or previous coatings. For concrete tanks, we also recommend filling any cracks or voids to create a smooth substrate.

Next, we apply a primer, if necessary, based on the type of waterproofing material being used. The waterproofing layer is then applied uniformly across the tank’s surfaces. For maximum effectiveness, we sometimes apply multiple coats, allowing adequate drying time between each layer as specified by the manufacturer. When tanks are exposed to extreme conditions, we also implement additional protective topcoats to enhance the waterproofing layer’s durability against chemical exposure, UV light, and physical wear.

Routine Checks and Maintenance for Waterproofed Tanks

Maintaining the effectiveness of your tank’s waterproofing involves regular checks and timely maintenance. At ATM Tanks, we recommend scheduling routine inspections at least once a year or more frequently if the tanks are in harsh environments. During these inspections, we look for signs of wear, such as the waterproofing materials’ peeling, cracking, or blistering. We also check for water ingress that might indicate a breach in the tank’s protective coating.

If any issues are detected during the inspections, preventive maintenance, including touch-ups or reapplication of coatings, may be necessary. It’s also important to keep the tank clean, as debris and sediment can wear down the waterproofing layer over time. Our team ensures that all maintenance work is done with minimal disruption to your operations, providing a smooth and efficient service that keeps your tanks in top condition.

If you’re seeking professional assistance to waterproof your tanks or require maintenance services for existing waterproofing systems, ATM Tanks has you covered. Our tank design, installation, and maintenance expertise ensures that your tanks remain robust and leak-free. Contact us today to safeguard your valuable assets against water damage and extend their useful life with our tank waterproofing service.

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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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