Maintenance Instructions
Storage Tank Maintenance Instructions and Suggestions
The owner is responsible to regularly monitor the condition of their tank(s), and to ensure that adequate maintenance is performed. For a tank to endure as long as possible and reach its useable lifetime, there are a number of basic maintenance recommendations:
• A thorough inspection should be carried out at least yearly. Any discrepancy should be repaired promptly.
• If tank is supplied with a primer coat only, a corrosion resistant paint should be applied.
• Any noticeable rust should be sanded, primed and repainted.
• Avoid transfer of product from an old tank to a new tank. Transfer of product containing sludge and water causes most premature tank failures. If fuel must be transferred, a filtering pump separating fuel from potential contaminants must be used, and the lower 2 inches of fuel should be left.
• If applicable, additives and bactericides can be added to fuel in a tank to avoid water build-up.
• Change filters annually, if applicable.
• Keep debris clear of the tank.
• Ensure all vegetation (i.e. grass, shrubs, etc.) is removed from around the tank. Vegetation can cause corrosion due to moisture.
• Protect tank from falling objects (i.e. snow, ice, tree branches, etc.) by avoiding placement under fall away side of roofs, or install gutters to protect tank.
• Protect tank from vehicle traffic.
• Anchor tanks to a solid, level concrete base as per installation instructions if applicable.
Many providers offer maintenance packages as part of an overall customer service plan, whereby licensed service technicians inspect tanks for leaks, external coating condition, water, and tank base stability. BMI recommends subscribing to such a plan to identify potential problems early.