Underground tanks are more a part of our society than one might realize. We have underground storage tanks (USTs) for gasoline, water, oil, and waste. We also have catch basins that contain and filter stormwater runoff before discharging it toward the nearest water treatment plant. No matter what kind of underground tank it is, it needs cleaning from time to time to maintain its quality and capacity. Check out these essential tips for underground tank cleaning below!
One should always maintain a routine underground tank cleaning schedule. One should ultimately follow the guidelines for your type of tank for cleaning regularity, but it is best to clean the underground tanks at least once a year. You should also call for a cleaning service if the tank needs repairs; you will need to empty and clean the tank before repairs can happen.
Monitor for Leaks
As alluded to above, the tank’s condition is related to its need for cleaning. One should continuously monitor the underground tanks at your facility for leaks and other issues. Contaminants can contribute to a tank’s demise, which is another reason to maintain a regular cleaning schedule. For example, an underground concrete water storage tank can grow algae and toxic bacteria in its porous walls.
Empty the Tank
The next step is to empty the tank and contain its contents in safe temporary containers. You do not necessarily have to perform this step before calling the underground tank cleaning service; in fact, it may actually behoove you to let the cleaning company use their vacuum truck to suck out and contain the liquid for you. After the liquid itself is out, one also needs to remove any fumes completely before cleaning.
Use the Right Cleaning Method
There are different industrial and commercial cleaning methods out there, such as sandblasting and dry ice blasting. However, water jet blasting stands alone as a highly effective way to clean the dirtiest surfaces. Unlike sand, water will not scrape the surface. A professional adjusts the water pressure accordingly so it only clears off the grime without harming the surface itself. Moreover, one should decide whether one should clean the tank remotely or within the confined space.
Call a Professional
Either way, it is best to call a professional to perform this monumental and hazardous task. Jet Blast Inc. is proud to provide water jet blasting and vacuum truck services for underground tank cleaning for multiple industries.
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