Above ground storage tanks (ASTs), found in many different industries and fields to hold materials such as gas, petroleum, oil, water, and fuel, play many different and important roles. Seeing as they have such large functions, those who construct and build them should ensure they abide by the American Petroleum Institute (API) Standard.
API Standard 653: A Brief 101
There are many different types of API Standards and subcategories, and one of them is the API 653 tank reconstruction. Like with above ground storage tank construction standards, this one also ensures the safe use of the AST and make certain that catastrophic incidents do not take place. This ensures the safety of the AST, but also of the people and the environment.
All above ground storage tanks that have a measurement of 50 feet and above in height and 30 feet or more in diameter should follow the API 653 standard. Under this standards include comprehensive inspection, repairs, and routine maintenance. It also applies to the reconstruction of existing tanks.
Damaged Tanks: When Reconstruction is a Must
Although above storage tanks have a long lasting life span, the fact that they are outdoors meant exposure to the elements, most of which are harsh and extreme. Over time, this can cause corrosion, rusting, and leaking on the tanks. This may also cause faulty mechanical components and a weakened foundation.
Sometimes, nature also takes the blame, as natural phenomena such as hurricanes, tornadoes, torrential rains, floods, and mudslides can also cause a tank to fail.
What to Do
Acting promptly to have these problems fixed, such as through reconstruction or repairs, can help not only save your tanks, but the lives of other people and the environment, too.