The Importance of Liner Integrity in Panel Tank Maintenance: A Look at NFPA and AWWA Expectations

Water storage tank liners can last for years, especially with today’s technological advancements and quality water treatment. Typically, your water storage tank liners will last anywhere between three to five years before they need to be replaced. Tanks replacement is needed so that the water inside the tank remains uncontaminated and well-protected.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the American Water Works Association ( AWWA) are two organizations that provide ample information and rigorous guidelines for the maintenance, inspection, and installation of water tanks. 

In this blog post, we’ll closely examine the expectations set by two industry standards organizations, the NFPA and AWWA, regarding panel tank maintenance. We’ll explore the risks associated with a compromised liner, from contamination to structural damage, and its impact on the environment, the people who use the stored liquids, and your company’s bottom line.

The Importance of Liner Integrity in Panel Tank Maintenance

The integrity of water tank liners is important for two reasons: (1)  protection against leaks or cracks and (2) protection for the structure of your water tank.

  • Protection Against Leaks or Cracks

Leaks in your water tank do not have to spell disaster for the contents of your tank. While you will still need to repair the tank to maintain its structure, you will have time to do so if you have a tank liner.

As long as the tank liner is installed properly, the water inside the tank will remain safe and untouched by outside elements if a crack ever appears.

  • Protection for the Structure of your Tank

Your tank’s structure also needs to be protected from water because sometimes, the contents of the tank itself cause the degradation of the tank’s structural integrity, resulting in leaks and cracks.

And so, installing water tank liners ensure that water remains in a structurally sound water tank for a longer time.

Maintaining Panel Tanks According to NFPA and AWWA Standards

Adhering to NFPA and AWWA standards can help operators identify and address any potential issues before they become major problems, and here’s a checklist to get started.

  • First and foremost, the exterior of the panel tank should be checked for signs of damage, such as cracks or rust. Any damage should be repaired immediately to prevent further deterioration and potential leaks.
  • The interior of the panel tank should be inspected for any signs of corrosion or damage to the liner. The liner is an essential component of the panel tank, as it prevents contamination and ensures the quality of the water supply.
  • Sediment or other materials that may accumulate in the panel tank should be removed using a cleaning solution that is in accordance with AWWA standards. This ensures that the water supply is free from impurities affecting its quality.
  • The structural components of the panel tank, such as the bolts and nuts that hold the panels together, should be checked for signs of wear or damage. Any damage should be repaired or replaced immediately to ensure the stability and integrity of the panel tank.
  • Coatings and liners should be checked to ensure they are in good condition and are being used properly. Any damage to the coatings or liners should be addressed immediately to prevent contamination and maintain the safety and quality of the water supply.
  • The overflow and vent pipes should be checked to ensure they are properly installed and functioning as intended. These components are critical for preventing overflows or underflows, which can lead to water contamination or other safety hazards.
  • Finally, all maintenance and repairs should be documented in accordance with NFPA standards. Keeping thorough records of all maintenance and repairs can help operators identify potential issues, address them quickly, and also help ensure compliance with safety standards.

Call American Tanks for All Your Panel Tank Maintenance Needs!

The right maintenance of your tanks is crucial to extending their useful lives. By adhering to the standards established by reputable organizations, you’ll always have clean, potable water available.

For a reliable panel tank inspection in the US, American Tanks has been the trusted name to do the job. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing top-notch service and support, and we use the latest technology and techniques to guarantee accurate and thorough inspections.Get your panel tanks inspected today! Call us for more information about our products and services!

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