Stages of refurbishing used tanks

Finding a used tank with parameters that suit our needs, matching dimensions, and suitable equipment can be quite a challenge. In such cases, tank refurbishment services become an ideal solution, allowing used tanks to change their field of use or acquire completely new properties. Let's look at the subsequent stages of restoring used tanks for use.

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Rust and Contaminant Removal

Removing corrosion effects from steel tanks is a crucial stage in the process of refurbishing industrial tanks and more. During this process, techniques such as sandblasting are used to remove layers of rust, paint, and other contaminants from the surface. This treatment not only improves aesthetics but, most importantly, prepares the surface for further treatments such as applying new protective coatings or painting. Thorough rust and contaminant removal prevent further corrosion progression and provide a solid foundation for subsequent refurbishment stages of a steel tank.

White horizontal tank with a capacity of 50m3
Used 50m3 LPG tank

Repair and Strengthening of the Used Tank's Structure

The process aims to restore the integrity and strength of the tank structure so that it can meet the required destination standards. A detailed analysis of the tank's condition is conducted, identifying any damages, cracks, or leaks. Various repair techniques such as welding, soldering, or gluing are applied to restore the functionality of the structure. Additionally, if reinforcement is necessary, appropriate materials and techniques are used to increase strength and stability. Repairing and strengthening the tank's structure ensure not only its long-term use but also safety and compliance with the highest industrial standards. This is especially important in cases where tank integrity requires specific certification, e.g., for fire tanks.

A shiny blue horizontal tank located in the square
The tank is externally painted with polyurethane paint.

Anticorrosive Coatings and Painting

After thorough preparation of the tank surface by removing rust and contaminants, paints restoring aesthetics and providing protective functions are applied, and for steel tanks - specialized anticorrosive coatings. These innovative materials, often based on epoxy or polyurethane technologies, create a durable and corrosion-resistant protective barrier, shielding the metal from moisture, chemicals, or UV radiation. Additionally, the choice of the appropriate coating can be tailored to specific operational conditions and customer requirements, ensuring optimal protection for many years. With anticorrosive coatings, used tanks become more durable, resistant to damage, and ready for long-term use in various environmental conditions.

Steel mixer inside the steel tank
The mixer can be an additional equipment for an industrial tank.

Installation of Additional Tank Equipment

The installation of equipment is a significant stage in the refurbishment process of used industrial tanks, aiming to enhance their functionality and tailor them to specific customer needs. Additional equipment may include elements such as:

  • level indicators,
  • tank connections,
  • heating devices,
  • inlet and outlet fittings,
  • ladders
Additional equipment may also be dedicated to specific applications, such as transporting or storing specific substances. Installing new systems and devices not only improves the tank's performance and efficiency but also increases its usability and provides greater control over industrial processes.