The Essential Guide to Tank Installation, Repair and Maintenance for Prolonged Lifespan

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The design, installation, repair, and maintenance of storage tanks are key factors not only in preserving the integrity of your tank infrastructure but also in maintaining safety, efficiency, and environmental compliance. With the right guidance, taking a proactive approach to your storage tank management ensures that your operations continue smoothly and helps you avoid costly repair expenses. 

Regardless of the size, material, or intended use of your storage tanks, reliable and effective measures must be in place to address issues such as corrosion, leakage, and structural damage. Implementing these measures prevents downtime and loss of revenue caused by tank failures, benefiting businesses operating in industries such as agriculture, transport, construction, and manufacturing. Our expert team at ATM Tanks will equip you with a wealth of knowledge and practical tips to optimise tank management throughout the entire lifecycle of your storage tank, ensuring the safety and efficiency of your operations.

Gain insights on best practices such as proper tank design, professional installation, regulatory compliance, thorough inspections, prioritising maintenance and repairs, and when to consider tank replacements or upgrades. Dive into this essential resource to empower your decisions and enhance your tank infrastructure management, and partner with ATM Tanks for industry-leading support and solutions for all your tank-related needs.

Tank Design and Configuration

The first step towards optimal tank performance and longevity is the design of your storage tank. Taking the time to properly plan and design your tank according to industry standards and regulatory requirements ensures a solid foundation for years of reliable use.

1. Material Selection: Choose the appropriate tank material depending on the substance being stored, the environmental conditions, and your budget constraints. Common materials include steel, fibreglass, and plastic, each with its own advantages and considerations.

2. Configurations: Determine the appropriate tank configuration considering factors such as space availability, ease of access, and regulatory requirements. This may include single or multiple tanks, above or underground installations, and optimal positioning on your property.

3. Capacity: Assess the storage capacity required for your business operations, allowing for expansion or fluctuating demand wherever possible. Properly sizing your tank ensures efficient use of space and resources while avoiding the risk of overfilling or running out of storage capacity.

4. Compliance: Adhere to local, state, and national regulations governing the design and installation of storage tanks, including standards such as AS1940 and AP1657 in Australia. Non-compliance can result in fines, penalties, and potential damage to your business reputation.

Professional Tank Installation

Proper installation is crucial for ensuring the long-term performance of your storage tank. Entrusting the process to experienced professionals is a worthy investment in the future of your tank infrastructure.

1. Site Preparation: Prepare the tank site according to the tank manufacturer’s guidelines, considering factors such as access, drainage, and the potential impact of the tank on the surrounding environment.

2. Foundation and Support Structures: Ensure that adequate foundations and support structures are in place, designed to withstand the weight and stresses imposed by the tank, especially when filled to capacity.

3. Sealing and Leak Protection: Install appropriate seals, gaskets, and tank liner materials to minimise the risk of leaks and corrosion, extending the life of your tank and protecting the environment.

4. Ventilation and Safety Features: Equip the tank with essential safety features such as pressure relief valves, vents, and emergency shut-off mechanisms to maintain safe operating conditions and prevent incidents.

Routine Maintenance and Inspections

Regular maintenance and inspections are paramount to the lasting performance and safety of your storage tanks. Implementing a routine inspection and maintenance schedule can help identify potential issues before they escalate into costly repairs or failure.

1. Visual Inspections: Conduct routine visual inspections of your storage tanks, checking for signs of wear, corrosion, and leaks.

2. Tank Cleaning: Periodically clean the interior and exterior of your tank to prevent build-up of sediment, contaminants or corrosive substances.

3. Leak Detection and Repairs: Utilise effective leak detection methods and promptly repair any leaks or damage to the tank.

4. Regulatory Compliance: Maintain records of all inspections, maintenance, and repairs as required by relevant regulations. This ensures you are prepared for audits and offers evidence of proper tank management practices.

When to Consider Tank Replacement or Upgrades

There comes a time in the life of every storage tank when an upgrade or replacement becomes necessary, either due to age, damage, or changes in your business requirements. Recognising the right time for upgrades or replacements can help you avoid costly downtime, safety hazards, or operational inefficiencies.

1. Damage or Degradation: If your tank has incurred severe damage or has degraded beyond repair, immediate replacement should be considered.

2. Upgraded Capacity: If your business has grown or the demand for storage has increased, you may require larger storage tanks or additional capacity.

3. Changes in Regulations: Periodic audits or changes in regulations may require you to upgrade your existing tanks to ensure compliance.

4. Technological Advancements: Keeping up with the latest developments in storage tank technology can improve the efficiency, safety, and reliability of your tank infrastructure, offering long-term benefits to your operations.


Ensuring the longevity and optimal performance of your storage tanks requires a proactive approach to design, installation, maintenance and, when necessary, replacements. ATM Tanks offers a comprehensive range of solutions to help you make the most of your tank infrastructure, from expert guidance on tank design and material selection to routine inspections and maintenance services. 

Success is achievable when you’re well-equipped with the right knowledge, support, and solutions, guaranteeing that your vital assets remain safe, efficient, and compliant with regulations. Partner with ATM Tanks for industry-leading experience in design, installation, repair, and tank maintenance, and secure a bright future for your storage facilities. Contact us today to get started.

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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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