The United States has over 700,000 aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) or bulk storage containers, according to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Routine industrial tank inspections are critical for Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC), avoiding accidental leaks and costly decontamination. While these tanks and vessels are built to withstand excessive precipitation, hail, high winds, and other extreme weather conditions, in the absence of proactive maintenance and inspections from qualified professionals, even the most durable containers can leak. Aside from preventing spills and leakage, seeking professional tank inspection services entitles you to a myriad of advantages, which we will discuss in more detail below.

Importance of Tank Inspections

The majority of tank leaks occur as a result of corrosion, UV degradation, and faulty equipment. At Industrial Inspection & Consulting, we take tank leaks and overflows very seriously since the chemicals, crude oil, and gasses they typically store can lead to environmental contamination and workplace injuries. Read on to discover why hiring us as your industrial tank inspectors is one of the best decisions you can make for the safety of your business and personnel.

1. Meet Regulatory Compliance and Standards

Tank inspections allow plant managers to remain in compliance with established guidelines and regulations. Aboveground tank inspections must follow the industry standards of accredited organizations, including but not limited to the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT). Furthermore, owners and operators of aboveground tanks must abide by local, federal, and state laws, as well as adhere to industry standards such as API-653, API-580, RMP, and PSM.

2. Prevent Environmental Disasters

Large corporations with multi-million dollar factories are becoming more sustainable each year. In an effort to preserve and protect the environment, more CEOs and COOs are mandating both monthly and annual inspections, as bulk storage containers could leak due to corrosion and the aforementioned reasons, potentially replicating the 1988 Ashland Oil Spill.

In January 1988, a tank storing 3.85 million gallons of diesel fuel split open vertically at Ashland Oil Company’s storage yard in Floreffe, Pennsylvania, located 18 miles south of Pittsburgh. The tank released its entire contents, drowning the complex grounds and sending around 750,000 to 800,000 gallons of the fuel into the Monongahela River. Only 15 states had laws regulating ASTs back then, which ultimately caused what could have been an avertible disaster. Thousands of residents had no access to clean water for over a week; thousands of animals died; and Ashland paid up to $18 million in fines, cleanup fees, and compensations to the distressed communities.

Industrial tank inspectors detect structural problems early and develop corrective action plans before a disaster – whether small or as tragic as the 1988 Ashland Oil Spill – arises.

3. Preserve the Structural Integrity of Tanks and Vessels

Corrosion is a leading concern among several industries. In fact, the global cost of corrosion is estimated to be $2,505 billion. Performing frequent nondestructive testing (NDT) is fundamental to detecting dents, warps, cracks, and signs of corrosion that could compromise the structural integrity of an industrial tank.

For trusted assessment, testing, and verification that ensures the safety of aboveground storage tanks, choose Industrial Inspection & Consulting. Our inspectors can provide detailed reports on corrosion-related damage and assist plant managers on how to extend the life cycle of storage tanks.

4. Ensure On-Site Safety and Communal Protection

Risk-based inspections prevent accidents by evaluating the structural integrity of industrial tanks, pinpointing any problem areas, and developing strategic repair plans. Routine inspections get to the bottom of urgent maintenance needs, therefore, preventing workplace accidents, protecting employees, and safeguarding nearby communities.

5. Avoid Exorbitant Repairs

By diagnosing high-risk areas and seeking immediate maintenance services, a comprehensive tank evaluation and inspection can save a plant from more costly repairs, as well as avoid a tank replacement if a structural failure or serious incident occurs.

6. No More Income-Halting Downtimes

Corroded industrial tanks lead to product and workplace contamination, which ultimately results in reduced productivity and paused income for the company. Nondestructive inspections (NDI) made possible by technological advancements allow industrial inspectors and plant owners to perform long-term tank assessments without interrupting workflow or stopping operations. This approach also identifies high-risk damage mechanisms early, allowing for the development and implementation of mitigation measures.

7. Prevent Bankruptcy

The fees, penalties, reputational harm, and expensive repairs associated with a significant tank leak disaster could lead to bankruptcy and ultimately disable a company from recovering. If you own any ASTs, keep in mind that neglecting industrial tank inspections can be detrimental to the future of your company. You may think identifying a leaking tank is something you can do on your own, but the task is not as easy as it seems. Many tank leaks go unnoticed, oozing product into the surrounding groundwater for several years before anyone notices, evident in the 1988 disaster in Pittsburgh. Save your company, personnel, and community from preventable issues with our professional inspections.

Takeaway

A tank leak can cause a number of serious issues, including expensive repairs, tank failure, and even aesthetic complaints from neighboring communities. More importantly, any leakage from a bulk storage container is dangerous enough to cause environmental contamination, workplace injuries, and death. Regular industrial tank inspections are critical to detecting and addressing probable catastrophic tank problems.

Schedule a Tank Inspection Today

If you no longer remember when you last had your aboveground storage tanks inspected, then you have likely fallen behind on your inspections. Do not put your employees, community, and self at risk. With Industrial Inspection & Consulting, never again will you have to worry about frustrating downtimes or scheduling multiple inspections. Our company employs certified tank inspectors well-versed in modern technology and techniques to conduct industry-leading tank inspections anytime, anywhere in the United States, and outlying territories. Everyone on our team is also knowledgeable in EPA and OSHA guidelines, allowing us to help you create an effective plan for ongoing compliance.

If you are ready to work with some of the best industrial tank inspection providers in the world (we have the credentials to prove it), contact us today to experience the disaster-preventive benefits of tank inspections and more.