Ensuring Long Lasting Performance and Endurance When Coating Water Tanks and Towers
Posted Mar 22, 2021 by Dave Scaturro
A water tower is one of the most visible and recognizable landmarks in a given area. Because of its towering height and open air exposure, water tanks are constantly bombarded by harsh environmental elements, and at times, also by man-made intrusions. Keeping these local staples clean and structurally sound is often an important part of maintaining the integrity of a community and keeping it looking beautiful. Both the interior and exterior of a water tank should be given serious care and consideration, from sandblasting the interior to applying weather guard coatings on the exterior.
From our experience revitalizing and maintaining water towers and tanks, we have identified a number of harsh conditions that can lead to their deterioration such as UV exposure, corrosion, and abrasion, as well as vandalism, dry fallout, and chalking. Due to the constant threat the environment presents, great attention should be paid to the exterior coating of a tank right from the start. This attention to detail will pay dividends in the long run by avoiding the expense and frustration of having to redo such a big job, not to mention eliminate the risk of ending up with the unappealing look associated with poor coating application.
The interior of the water tank also requires attention as it consistently holds potable water. Interior tank sandblasting, welding repairs and coating with an epoxy or polyurea NSF certified coating will help protect it from leaks and corrosion. Sandblasters with confined space certification, such as Alpine, can also safely remove lead based paint hazards inside a water tank.
Alpine has over 45 years of experience painting and sandblasting water tanks of different sizes and in various locations. Contact us before you take on your next water tank project.