5 Common Tank Storage Problems and How To Fix Them

Are you worried about the potential problems that could affect your tank storage? Whether it’s due to environmental factors or by chance, it’s undeniable that problems do occur when using tank storage to store liquids, gases or grains.

Luckily, many of these issues are ultimately preventable. Here are 5 common tank storage problems that your business may face and how our automatic tank gauges can help solve them:

1. Leaks and Spills

When a storage tank leaks or a spill happens the impacts can be detrimental to not only the safety of your employees and the general public, but also the surrounding environment. There is also the damage this can have on your business with potential costly fines, product loss and/or downtime interferences.

Leaks and spills can occur for several reasons such as tank failures, improper maintenance and insufficient measurements.

The Solution: Our FuelGuard automatic tank gauging systems feature advanced leak detection and an alarm that is raised in the event of unusual stock levels, giving you the peace of mind that you can catch a leak or spill before it becomes a bigger problem.

2. Water Contamination

A big problem for operators is water entering a storage tank and this can happen through condensation, inadequate fittings or even rainwater. This is a particular problem for those who store fuel as water can cause microbial contaminations which reduces the quality of your product.

The Solution: Contamination is a problem whatever you store and so letting in as little water as possible is beneficial. With our automatic tank gauges there is less need for human interference and therefore fewer contaminants can enter your tanks.

3. Oxidation

Oxidation happens when elements such as fuel or diesel and oxygen react, and this leads to system blockages and equipment failures. It’s important to reduce the risks of oxidation as the impacts on your tanks can be disadvantageous in terms of repair costs and potential downtime.

The Solution: One of the ways to prevent oxidation is to reduce excess air in your tank by keeping your tank regularly topped up and making sure you have an adequate turnover of product. With our smart systems you can warrant this as you are notified when your tank is in need of refilling.

4. Unexpected Failures

There are various reasons as to why storage tanks might fail, and these can include weather damage, underlying construction issues or human error. The best way to keep your business running smoothly is to implement preventative measures to reduce the risk of a failure surprising you.

The Solution: A culprit of failures is overfills which can cause leaks and structural problems to your tank. Fortunately, by introducing our FuelGuard systems you can catch overfills before they happen with handy notifications straight to your phone.

5. Meeting Regulations

When it comes to the storage of flammable materials there is a list of requirements from HSE which are in place to protect human and environmental safety. With the list of obligations required for businesses it can be difficult for operators to comply and keep their site safe.

The Solution: With our advanced monitoring, you can ensure you have helpful measures in place such as spillage control and the prevention of dangerous accumulations. Our tank gauging systems also help in achieving security requirements as an alarm is raised and notification provided in the event of product theft.

Keep Your Tank Storage Efficient

The ultimate goal when it comes to tank storage is to keep your product stored adequately and safely for its required use. Unexpected problems can disrupt this flow, which is why systems such as FuelGuard are highly beneficial to apply as they help prevent damages and reduce costs in the long term.

If you’re looking to reach new levels of efficiency and security with your tank storage, then give us a call, drop us an email or fill in our contact form here.