Liquid fertilizers are usually stored in massive aboveground or underground storage tanks. These are built not only to withstand excessive pressure, but also resist corrosion due to the chemicals being stored in it. Storage tanks may be the ideal storage option, but they need to undergo inspection to make sure they'll last longer and serve their purpose.
What to Look at During Tank Inspection
If you're an owner or operator of aboveground storage tanks, you should take note of the following points during inspection:
- Check for Integrity – The integrity of the tank should not be compromised at any point. If you see sections of the tank that show obvious signs of corrosion, you need to get it repaired immediately. Otherwise, it can compromise the safety of the facility where it's installed.
- Check for Leaks – Leakage is a common problem with most storage tanks. Look for leaks near the juncture of the inlet, outlet pipes with the tank. Leaks from fertilizer or fuel tanks can lead to environmental disasters, so maintenance is necessary.
- Follow the Rules – While inspecting storage tanks, it's best to follow the guidelines like the API Standard 650. If the inspection is done according to rules, you don’t need inspection again — which can be costly — for five years.
- Baseline Inspection – This inspection will ensure the integrity of the tanks and help you evaluate whether immediate repairs are necessary. Baseline inspection must be done regularly, however, to make sure that the tank is in good working condition.
Check your storage tanks regularly to prevent mishaps. Leakage or in extreme cases, the bursting of your storage tank, can lead to a major environmental issue. Don't let this happen.