Key Factors to Consider during a Thorough Tank Inspection

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Inspecting tanks thoroughly is crucial to maintaining their efficiency and ensuring safety in operations. At ATM Tanks, we focus on delivering detailed inspections that cover every aspect of the tank, from the exterior surfaces to the interior mechanisms. These inspections are not only about adhering to safety regulations but also about preempting potential issues that could lead to serious complications in the future.

Our approach is methodical and rooted in years of expertise. We start by examining the external condition of the tank, looking for any signs of structural distress such as corrosion or cracks. This is followed by a comprehensive assessment of the tank’s interior, where issues may not be immediately visible but can significantly impact the tank’s integrity and the quality of the contents stored within.

Key Elements to Assess on the Tank’s Exterior

At ATM Tanks, we know that the external condition of a tank is just as important as what’s inside. The first step in our exterior inspection is always a thorough visual assessment. We look for any signs of corrosion, abrasion, or deformation. Corrosion can compromise the tank’s structural integrity, leading to leaks or failures under pressure, which is why we focus heavily on identifying any such damage early on.

We also check for seal integrity around all fittings and connections. These are crucial points where external elements could penetrate if not properly sealed. Additionally, the tank’s coating and paint are inspected for uniformity and integrity because they protect against rust and other external damages. Ensuring these are intact is vital for prolonging the tank’s life and maintaining its safety standards.

Vital Interior Inspection Points for Ensuring Safety

Moving inside the tank, our inspection focuses on several key areas to ensure everything is functioning correctly and safely. The interior surface of the tank is scrutinised for signs of pitting, cracking, or blistering, each of which could indicate underlying issues with material fatigue or reaction to chemicals. Such damages could not only affect the tank’s structure but can also contaminate the stored substances, leading to potential safety hazards.

Furthermore, we inspect the tank’s internal components such as sensors, gauges, and linings. Proper functioning of these components is essential for the safe operation of the tank. Our experts assess their condition and performance to ensure they are operating within their specifications and detect any early signs of malfunction. This proactive approach helps us ensure that every tank we inspect remains safe, efficient, and reliable for every one of our clients.

Common Signs of Wear and Damage to Look Out For

In our line of work at ATM Tanks, we’ve come to learn that certain signs of wear and damage can suggest potential risks long before they become serious concerns. During our inspections, we closely monitor for these indicators to ensure the safety and longevity of tanks. One of the most common signs we look out for is unexpected colour changes on the tank’s surface, which can indicate chemical reactions, rusting, or other forms of corrosion.

Furthermore, we regularly check for any cracks or unusual deformations on the surfaces. These can result from environmental stress, poor construction, or even just age. Spotting these early allows for timely intervention, which can be crucial for maintaining structural integrity. We also keep an eye out for seal breakdowns around joints and fittings. Any sign of leaking, dripping, or pooling indicates that the seal may be compromised, posing an immediate concern that needs to be addressed to prevent contamination or further damage.

Documentation and Follow-Up: Essential Steps Post-Inspection

After every tank inspection, it’s critical to document findings and follow up on any issues identified. At ATM Tanks, we ensure that every detail from our inspections is thoroughly recorded. This documentation includes photographs, descriptions of potential problems, and the conditions of the tank. It serves not only as a record of the tank’s current state but also as a baseline for future inspections.

Post-inspection, our team drafts a detailed report outlining all observations and recommendations. These reports are crucial for tracking the health of the tank over time and planning any necessary maintenance or repairs. We also schedule follow-up inspections or immediate repairs depending on the urgency of the issues found. This systematic follow-up process ensures that no concern is left unaddressed, keeping the tanks operational, safe, and in compliance with all relevant standards.

Environmental and Regulatory Compliance

At ATM Tanks, we understand the critical importance of environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance in the management of storage tanks. Our inspections not only focus on structural integrity and operational efficiency but also emphasise adherence to environmental standards and regulatory requirements.

Environmental considerations are paramount in our inspections. We carefully assess the tank’s surroundings for any signs of environmental impact, such as leaks, spills, or potential contamination risks. Our inspectors are trained to identify early indicators of environmental hazards, ensuring prompt mitigation measures can be implemented to prevent adverse effects on surrounding ecosystems and communities.

Moreover, regulatory compliance is a cornerstone of our inspection protocols. We stay abreast of local, national, and international regulations governing tank operations, ensuring that all inspections are conducted in accordance with applicable standards. This includes compliance with safety codes, environmental protection laws, and industry-specific guidelines.

Throughout the inspection process, we document and report any findings related to environmental compliance. This documentation includes detailed assessments of spill prevention measures, leak detection systems, and containment procedures. By maintaining meticulous records and following established protocols, we help our clients demonstrate their commitment to environmental responsibility and regulatory compliance.


Regular professional inspections and maintenance are key to ensuring the safety and longevity of tanks. Whether you’re concerned about tank integrity, operational efficiency, or regulatory compliance, ATM Tanks is here to provide expert services tailored to your needs. Our thorough approach helps identify potential issues before they evolve into significant problems, saving you time and money in the long run. 

If your tanks need professional inspection or maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact us today at ATM Tanks. We’re committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety and quality in every tank maintenance project we undertake.

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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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