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What are your guidelines for handling, installation, and use of your tanks?

Improper handling and installation can result in damage to tanks, fittings, and accessories. Proper handling, installation and use guidelines should be followed.


- When your tank is delivered, immediately inspect tank for defects or damage from shipping. Any discrepancies or problems that are found should be noted on the delivery receipt.

- When unloading your tank off the truck, care should be taken to avoid contact with sharp objects. When using a fork lift to move the tank precautions must be taken to prevent damage. Unloading area should be free of rocks, sharp objects, and other materials that can damage the tank.

- Tanks must be fully supported on the bottom. Concrete pads are the best method of supporting a tank. Tanks with a base load bearing less than 800 pounds per square foot can be placed on a compacted bed of sand, pea gravel, or fine soil that will not be subject to erosion.

 If the tank is going to be supported on a stand, the stand must be mounted on a concrete base. This is due to the weight of the tank being concentrated on the stands legs which are supported by a smaller area.

 Seismic and wind factors must be considered and necessary  tie downs and the bolting down of stands must be done to prevent movement due to agitation, wind, seismic loads and accidental contact.

- Tanks should be protected from impact, especially at low temperatures.

- Tanks should be used within the recommended operating temperatures.
- Tanks should be installed in an accessible area where proper maintenance can be done.

- All our tanks with the exception of the Cistern tanks are for above ground installation only.

- Tanks should not be moved while holding liquid. Tanks should only be moved when completely empty.

- To ensure that there are no leaks in your tank we recommend that you hydro test tanks before use by filling it with water and letting it set for a minimum of 5 hours. This will prevent a material loss in case there is a problem with a fitting, shipping damage, or a manufactures defect.

- Chemical Compatibility must be checked to ensure the tank, fittings, and fitting gaskets are compatible with the chemicals at the anticipated operating temperatures. Please contact our Technical Department with any questions regarding the chemical compatibility of your application with our products.

- Bulkhead or tank fittings should be hand tighten and then another ¼ turn. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN, as this may cause the gasket to distort and result in a leak.

- Some of our rectangular tanks require additional support. Any rectangular tank over 18” tall requires bracing with angle iron or 2X4’s and plywood. Note: fabricated tanks have built in reinforcements and do not require additional support as long as they are used with the operating temperature and with compatible chemical. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about chemical compatibility.

- Mixers and heavy equipment should not be mounted on the sides of  the tank.

- Tanks fittings should not be supporting any weight. Pipes and valves attached to fittings must be supported.

- Do to expansion and contraction, rigid pipe lines attached to tank must have expansion joints to prevent damage.

- Tanks are designed for atmospheric pressure only. Tanks SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR VACUUM OR PRESSURE.

- If immersion heaters are used they must be installed so that they are not touching the wall of the tank.

Please contact us with any question you may have regarding the installation and use of any of our tanks. We would be more than happy to assist in selecting the appropriate tank for you particular application. 

Title: What are your guidelines for handling, installation, and use of your tanks?
Description: Information on handling, installing and using our tanks.
Published: 1/23/2008
Last Edited: 9/19/2013
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