The Advantages of Underwater ROV Drone Inspections for Water Storage Tanks

Water Storage Tanks

Contractors typically drain and remove water tanks from service to inspect, clean, and sanitize the tank. Furthermore, a large volume of water drained from water tanks is dumped into the ground because it cannot be recycled into the system. Fortunately, we now have access to small portable ROV systems that can help reduce downtime while also providing the necessary accessories to ensure tank cleanliness and integrity.

Types of Water Storage Tanks

Here are the 8 most common water tanks on the market today.

  • Fiberglass
  • Pillow Tanks
  • Concrete
  • Stainless Steel
  • Bolted Steel
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Polyethylene

Traditional Water Tank Inspections

When water tanks are left unattended for an extended period of time, they are subjected to corrosion or degradation of commonly used materials. Concrete tanks, for example, are prone to cracking, whereas steel tanks rust.

ROV Visual Inspection

Today’s market is flooded with submersible ROVs (Remote Operated Vehicles). Many of these ROVs have high-lumen lighting, advanced stabilization, and camera systems to help them stay in place and capture high-definition video footage and images for visual inspection. Underwater ROV systems enable inspectors to travel to greater depths and for longer periods of time. Extrasensory ROV accessories enable inspectors to record specific positions and areas of interest for further examination.

Due to the portability and size of these Remote Operated Vehicles, they can be deployed quickly for underwater operations without the need to schedule or coordinate with divers.

ROVs are the most effective tool for inspecting and documenting the overall condition of the interior tank coating as well as all critical components of potable storage tanks such as the walls, floor, roof, inlets, outlets, and vents. ROVs are useful for detecting leaks, harmful corrosion, and sediment buildup within the storage tank, in addition to providing a visual inspection of the interior condition of the tank.

Why Perform a Water Tank Inspection with an ROV?

Using an ROV eliminates the dangers of confined space entry, which necessitates permits, planning, and paperwork. ROV inspections do not necessitate the emptying or refilling of water tanks. Using an ROV shortens the time-consuming recommissioning process.

ROVs have the potential to improve traditional water tank inspection methods. Our team discovered the following advantages of using ROVs over traditional methods:

  • Using an ROV eliminates the risks associated with entering a confined space, which necessitates permits, planning, and paperwork.
  • ROV inspections do not necessitate the emptying or refilling of water tanks.
  • If repair work is required following an ROV inspection, the footage can be saved and used to aid in future planning. This can save time and money in the long run.
  • ROV footage provides the detailed, close-up views required to inspect the inside of a tank.
  • ROVs have improved tools and attachments that allow them to take samples from inside a tank and measure the thickness of the walls.

Bring the ROV up to the top of the tower with us easily. We can complete all of your inspections from the launch site on top of the tower – or remotely from our inspection vehicle if you prefer. The digital video recorder will capture our entire dive, including depth, water temperature, and heading, which we will either give to our client or include as documentation with our final report.

Our inspection video and accompanying reports assist you in determining the overall condition of the interior and exterior of your tank, assisting you in identifying and budgeting for any necessary repairs. Corrosion, coating failure, and other anomalies will be documented and noted on the survey video and reports.

We offer tried and tested services in Crockett, Grapeland, Kennard, Latexo, Lovelady, Ratcliff, HOUSTON, TEXAS. 

We also offer tried and tested services in Longbeach, and cities, towns, suburbs, localities, and places close to Long Beach such as Lakewood, Rossmoor, Lincoln Village, Seal Beach, Hawaiian Gardens, Los Alamitos, Cypress, Bellflower, Carson, La Palma, Paramount, Cerritos, East Compton, West Carson, Compton, Norwalk, Stanton, Westminster, Lomita, Downey, Lynwood, Rolling Hills Estates, Cudahy, CALIFORNIA.

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