Why Plastic Storage Tanks Commonly Fail and How Fiberglass Fixes the Problem

Why Plastic Storage Tanks Commonly Fail and How Fiberglass Fixes the Problem

Plastic storage tanks are commonplace in many homes and industries. From storing a few hundred gallons of water to meeting daily needs of a single-family house to storing thousands of gallons of chemicals for manufacturing in an industry plant; we have plastic tanks for different purposes and capacities today. And while these tanks are inexpensive, strong, robust and convenient to use, they have certain drawbacks which can result in their failure.  

Plastic Storage Tanks Nearly Perfect, But Not to Be Taken for Granted

Plastic storage tanks have a high co-efficient of expansion. This makes them vulnerable to structural failures with changes in temperature.

Furthermore, plastic storage tanks also don’t fare well against high compressive forces, and easily creep or crack under stress. Plastic storage tank owners spend hundreds of dollars every year on tank repairs caused by exposure to stress.  

Then there are installation constraints, which if neglected, can also cause failure of plastic storage tanks.

For example, you should never install a plastic storage tank on an uneven surface. This can damage the base of the tank due to the resulting asymmetric loading.

Similarly, accessories on a plastic storage tank should only be installed on flat areas of the tank. Installing accessories anywhere else on the tank can damage its structure.   

So, in short, even though plastic storage tanks are great for domestic and industrial use, they should not be taken for granted.

FRP Tanks Come Out on Top Where Plastic Tanks Fail

With plastic storage tanks having inherent drawbacks that limit their functionality and use, home and business owners can (and should) look at FRP tanks as alternative storage solutions.

FRP tanks are essentially plastic tanks with the difference that they’re reinforced with fiberglass for added strength and durability.

These tanks excel in all the areas where conventional plastic tanks fail.

  • They have a very low co-efficient of expansion
  • They posses resistance to compressive forces
  • They come with design freedom that allows one to install accessories anywhere on the tank

Most importantly, FRP tanks have a longer tank service life than plastic tanks, reducing replacement time frame and minimizing the potential for failure while increasing ROI.     

Interested in Replacing Your Old Plastic Tank With FRP Tank?

Hudson Fiberglass can help.

We have more than 50 years of experience in FRP fiberglass tank inspection, installation, repairs and modification in the North Florida area. We guarantee the best services at the best prices. Contact us today for a free service quote.  

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