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Protect Your Water Tower Before You Have an Accident

Posted Dec 20, 2013 by David Guy

 Protect Your Water Tower Before You Have an Accident


Standing proudly high above the community it serves, a water tower is one of the most easily visible and immediately recognizable landmarks an area has to offer. Because it stands so tall out in the open, it is exposed to the harshest elements that nature has to offer day in and day out. Keeping this local landmark clean is an important part of keeping the community beautiful. Even more important, however, is ensuring that the tower is maintained to keep it protected from the hazards it is perpetually exposed to, so that no accidents occur due to a lack of upkeep and preparation. Both the interior and exterior of the tank should be given serious care and consideration, from sandblasting the interior to applying weather guard coatings on the exterior.

The outward appearance of the tank is of course what is most noticeable, as the height and size of the structure make it visible for miles all around. Water tank painters utilize special high performance paint on the exteriors of water towers in order to not only achieve the most appealing look, but to get the best protection possible out of the coating. A structural steel painting contractor will apply special blends and top quality products, such as emersion coatings & cold weather epoxy paint, to keep the exterior and interior metal surfaces of a tower safe from weather and corrosion. Cathodic protection installers can also utilize special protection systems that further prevent corrosion. Because of the constant threat that the environment provides due to the full exposure of the tower to all weather and the fact that it is clearly visible for miles in all directions, it is important that the exterior coating lasts for a long time. Coating the exterior of a tank is a serious project that should be done right the first time, avoiding the expense and frustration of having to redo such a big job, not to mention the risks and unappealing aesthetics associated with a poor coating.


While the exterior of the tower will be exposed to harsh weather on a very frequent basis, the interior of the town water tank is constantly filled with potable water, requiring just as much attention. Preventing water tank leaks calls for interior tank sandblasting, welding repairs and coating with an epoxy or polyurea NSF Certified Coating. Sandblasting water towers on the inside will help protect the tower from leaks and corrosion from the inside out. Confined space certified tank sandblasters will also be capable of identifiying welding repairs and safely removing lead based paint hazardes inside water tanks that are needed to protect the integrity of the actual structure and leaching of hazardous materials.


Readers on the east coast searching for New Jersey tank painting companies, New York elevated water tower painters or potable water tank painting contractors in the tri-state area can consider Alpine Painting and Sandblasting. A contractor located in Paterson, New Jersey, Alpine has over 38 years of experience in painting and sandblasting on scaffolding and in confined spaces, and can be reached online at www.alpinepainting.com or by phone at 866-596-0349.

By: Dave Scaturro, Sales Director for Alpine Painting.

Credit to:
Finch, Dallas. " Protecting Water Storage Tanks in an Era of Environmental Compliance." Water & Wastes Digest . 28 Dec 2000: Web. 18 Dec. 2013. <http://www.wwdmag.com/coatings/protecting-water-storage-tanks-era-environmental-compliance>.
"Paint Platoon: Tank Coating & Lining Systems ." Paint Platoon. Web. 18 Dec. 2013. <http://paintplatoon.com/industrialtankcoatingandlining.html>.
TNEMEC. Web. 18 Dec. 2013. <http://www.tnemec.com/WaterTanks>.

Dave Scaturro
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