Industrial, commercial, and water-storage FRP tanks are huge, which makes them challenging to maintain without professional assistance. An aboveground FRP tank can be up to 300 feet in diameter, containing up to 12 million gallons of product; whereas an underground tank can contain up to ten thousand gallons of product.
FRP tanks are ergonomic and cost-efficient—if they are regularly maintained. Properly conducted FRP tank inspections reduce maintenance costs and mitigate safety, environmental, and unexpected failure risks.
When it comes to inspecting an FRP tank, you need to hire certified engineers and mechanical staff; here are five benefits of doing so.
1. Compliance with Industry and Government Regulations
Hiring professionals helps you avoid hefty fines and penalties for not following regulatory authorities’ guidelines and regulations.
The API 653 regulation also states that it’s imperative to inspect FRP tanks for corrosion. Moreover, you have to be extra vigilant if you’re hiring a service to clean and inspect potable water storage FRP tanks.
2. Site Safety
Many PVC/FRP tank manufacturers offer installation, repair, and inspection services, but only a limited number of them can meet fabrication and inspection standards.
Hiring a substandard fiberglass tank inspection service provider imposes a significant safety risk to personnel and the site. If you want quality surface containment, tank and pipe inspection, or FRP tank modification services, get in touch with us!
3. Maintaining High-Quality Assurance
Two prominent organizations—the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Underwriters Labs Inc.—have developed an extensive set of guidelines for QA of FRP tank installation and inspection.
The design engineers and inspectors you hire for FRP tank inspection must take these guidelines into account when inspecting the tank’s composite structure. The inspectors must perform a visual inspection using the ASTM D 2563 guideline in two ways:
- Detecting apparent signs of cracks, malfunctioning valves, and localized defects.
- Identifying the root causes of visual defects and establishing a contingency and correction plan without incurring extra cost and time.
4. Keeps Unexpected Equipment Failures at Bay
FRP tank inspections involve maintaining small parts such as composite bows for wire rope and PC strand wire machines, carbon fibers, and resins. It’s incredibly crucial to continually improve atmospheric FRP tanks and vessels in your facility, and inspections do just that.
Why Choose Us?
At Hudson Fiberglass, we offer trained and skilled inspectors who perform FRP tank inspections seamlessly! Our MP, Blaine Hudson, achieved the strenuous FRPI SP8310 certification for inspecting above and underground bulk storage tanks.