While some water storage tanks are still in use after 100 or more years, it is highly likely that their tank liners have deteriorated over time and need relining. Relining lengthens not only the life of the existing masoned water tank but also provides a flexible and durable solution for replacing a worn-out tank liner. Here are more reasons why you should have your tank relined.
What is Tank Relining?
It is a process used to restore a tank’s lining after it has deteriorated due to subsequent de-bonding and water entrapment. Water flowing through such custom water tanks have high bacterial counts and develop spot pools below or adjacent to the tanks.
Less obvious signs of deteriorating water tank liners are corrosion on the bolts and other metal components of the tank. Relining provides a viable solution if you don’t want to replace the water tank entirely.
Benefits of Tank Relining
Repairing and relining a leaking water tank is more cost-effective than replacing a water tank. Replacing a water tank involves incurring costs such as safe removal of the old tank, re-installing a new tank, not to mention the cost of buying the new tank.
2. Enhances Water Safety
During a water relining project, a full on-site assessment is typically necessary. Also, before embarking on the relining process, your lining crew will clean and disinfect the tank to remove any bacteria that has accumulated over time. This gives you peace of mind as you don’t need to return to the site to commission the system.
3. Protects Against Corrosion
Unfortunately, portable steel water tanks are prone to corrosion and general wear and tear. Corrosion is a natural phenomenon based on the laws of electricity, chemistry, and metallurgy. Also, it’s a common feature during the lifecycle of a regular water tank, hence installing a corrosion-resistant tank lining helps fight against corrosion. The tank liner has a high dielectric strength that disrupts ion transfer and restricts the passage of electrons which causes corrosion.
4. Fast Alternative to Replacing a Tank
Repairing and relining a water tank provides a faster solution to replacing a water tank. It also reduces the downtime and general disruption of business operations caused by water tank installation. Tank liner installation takes a few hours so you are sure to resume business the same day.
5. Reduces Ingress
Leaking custom water tanks need a special coating to stop the water leakage. Leaks are common in large, sectional water tanks because the mastic between the joints usually deteriorates and loses elasticity. Applying custom linings seals cracks including those that aren’t visible to the naked eye.
6. Bacterial Resistance
Corrosion of water tanks causes micro-aquatic bacterial growth including biofilm, Legionella, Pseudomonas, and other waterborne pathogens. Lining steel water tanks with solvent-free approved coating helps resist such bacteria growth.
7. Reduces Maintenance Requirements
The new water treatment tank lining leaves the internal surface of the structure tough and smooth which is easy to clean and maintain. In addition, custom tank liners are incredibly flexible and capable of accommodating any structural movement. This means the liners expand and contract independently, thus protecting the integrity of the structure.
Depending on the size of the water tanks getting relined, the entire process can be completed relatively quickly. Once the site inspections and risk assessments are completed, the rest of the process should take a few hours. Don’t wait to get your water tank relined if it’s about that time.