Corrugated Water Tank Maintenance
How to Maintain and Inspect Your Tank
Known for its extreme strength and long use-life, steel corrugated tanks still occasionally need maintenance and cleaning. In addition to protecting your investment, periodic inspection of your corrugated steel tank will also help keep your warranty active. See below for simple steps on how to maintain corrugated water tanks. Please consult your owner's manual to confirm specific requirements before performing maintenance on your corrugated tank.
How to Maintain Steel Corrugated Tanks - The Basics
Follow these simple steps to maintain your steel corrugated tank. Best practices suggest conducting overall corrugated tank inspections no less than annually, at a minimum. Monthly inspections of valves, venting, and controls is recommended.
- Inspect the Tank's Foundation
A schedule for steel corrugated tank maintenance should include regular inspection of the tank's foundation for any signs of deterioration such as settling, puddling, cracking, or exposed gravel and rods. While they may seem like small issues, they can lead to larger more expensive repairs if left unaddressed.
- Inspect the Site Around the Corrugated Tank
Prevent scratches that can compromise the tank's protective coating by keeping equipment a safe distance from the tank. Tree branches and bushes can also scratch your steel corrugated water tank's coating, so keep them trimmed back. It is also important to prevent moisture from accumulating at the base of the tank. Do this by keeping the base of the tank clear of plant growth and debris.
- Inspect the Corrugated Tank
The steel corrugated tank itself should be inspected as part of the maintenance plan. Watch for signs of leaking or corrosion. Check the condition of any fixtures, pipes, valves, vents, ladders, handrails, and screening that you can easily and safely access* without compromising the tank's exterior or roof.
- Inspect the Corrugated Tank Liner
Tank liners are very effective in extending the life of your steel corrugated tank, but only if properly maintained. Inspect the tank liner when the tank is nearly empty. Look for signs of leakage, tears, wear, and sediment or corrosion build-up. If needed, repair the liner before refilling the tank. (We offer tank liner repair kits. Contact us for more instructions and pricing).
Periodic cleaning and sanitizing of your steel corrugated tank is also recommended to protect the quality of water stored. For instructions on keeping your tank clean, please see: How to Clean Corrugated Water Tanks.
*Please reference your owner's manual for recommended practices when performing corrugated tank maintenance, as well as for instructions on accessing the interior of the tank safely. For additional information on how to safely access confined spaces, as well working safely at heights, visit the OSHA website.
Replacement Tanks, Liners, and Repair Kits Available
Fixing corrugated tanks can require either repairing or replacing the liner. For minor repairs to tank liners, Water Storage Tanks' Tank Liner Repair Kit will often provide the solution needed, extending the life of an existing liner.
When damage is too significant or the liner has outlived its service, we can help. Each tank liner is custom built to the size and specifications needed for your storage requirements. See: USA-Made Tank Liners.
When a replacement liner will no longer do and it is time to replace a steel corrugated tank, we can help you select the right tank for the job. Installation services are available too. See all of our Corrugated Water Tanks for Sale.