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Regular oil and gas tank inspections and maintenance can save you frustration down the road

A large, rusted, cylindrical metal tank elevated on a metal frame stands in an overgrown, grassy area. Several pipes and valves are connected to the tank. Another tank is partially visible in the background. A wooden utility pole is also present.Oil and gas tank and pipe inspections are critical for your facility.  Oil and gas plant managers know that it is absolutely essential that not even one drop of oil or gas hits the ground.  Plants, both large or small, must pay close attention to their maintenance and complete their 5 and 10-year inspections, at the very least. But, more importantly, they must pay attention to the individual tanks and pipes of each system to stay on top of what is required to keep the oil and gas where it is supposed to be;  inside.

Maintaining your  industrial oil and gas tank is a vital element in a smoothly run operation, although too often this component is crucially overlooked. Maintenance includes proactively assessing any damage that might happen in the future, as well as maintaining the tanks regularly after the initial setup. Three major reasons to closely have your equipment monitored and maintained are:

  1. Equipment lasts longer and breaks down less
  2. There is a better return on the investment into equipment
  3. Maintenance ensures the safety of the equipment and of employees

Equipment needs to be regularly checked for cracks, problems with vessel walls (such as thinning), corrosion, bad welds, and general imperfections.  Making sure that it is consistently up to code prevents any interruption in production, and interruptions cost valuable time and money. This equipment is going to last longer and be more reliable.

Replacing tanks due to significant damage is costly in three significant ways: Replacing the equipment itself, the delay in production while the equipment is being replaced, and paying employees who are not able to do their work due to the delay and lack of equipment. Regular maintenance prevents losing money on three fronts.

It is absolutely vital that the tanks’ condition reflects the industry standards, to make sure that both the employees and the bottom line are protected. Equipment failures are not only costly but can be extremely dangerous. Regular inspections take into account a number of conditions that can affect the equipment, including weather and other outside influences that might affect the safety of the tanks.

Preventing repairs and damage through reliable and consistent maintenance is going to provide you with not only better equipment and better production, but it will also save you the time, frustration, and you won’t have that worrisome feeling that at any moment something could go very wrong. Starting or continuing regular inspections are the best way to achieve peace of mind regarding the success of your company.

Leaks are not worth the pain and cost they cause.  Most importantly they are not worth the safety risk.  CODE is here to inspect and consult.  CODE will create a program for you that will put you on schedule to keep ahead and stay on top of any maintenance issues.  When customers are visited by EPA, Local Environmental, Safety (OSHA), DOT, Internal Audits, they will be in a position to answer to each of these parties with confidence.

To set up a program of compliance, please call 602.694.3796 or email

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