Water tank systems are breeding grounds for bacteria. Often they are the causes of infection outbreaks. A dirty industrial water tank can cause various problems that are easily preventable.

Some states have general standards for water tanks to abide by. Inspections of water tanks include cleaning. Depth of sediment, debris, and cleaning techniques is inspected.

So how can you clean your industrial water storage tank properly?

You should clean your tank by having an industrial hot water tank or a cold water industrial tank. The following steps will help you successfully clean your water tank. Most of these steps require professional assistance to do so safely. 

Prepare and Isolate 

You should lock out any electrical systems such as pumps and other mechanical equipment. You want the water tank to be completely isolated, so also remove it from the system. Remove valves and drain the water tank.

Pumping systems can remove any remaining liquid. Also, check your water tank and whether you can vent it.

Clean the Water Tank

You need a professional to make confined space and tank cleaning. The restricted space has an anaerobic atmosphere. You need the right expertise and equipment to navigate the process safely.

Storage tank standards such as the American Petroleum Institute (API) also have guidelines. You need to meet these standards of professionals entering confined storage tank spaces. These standards ensure the safety of industrial tanks and those who handle them.

Usually, companies use high-pressure washing methods to remove the solid and liquid debris build-up.

Disinfect the Water Tank

You also need to disinfect your industrial water tank after cleaning. Some tanks have no physical access, so disinfection is the main cleaning method.

Chlorine is commonly used to disinfect the water tank’s plastic and other materials. You should not handle chlorine or chlorinated water unless you have experience.

The solution may be left in the tank for up to 24 hours. After this, check chlorine levels, and the system flush the system once or several times. A professional will often include this service.

The company may also clean pipes and surrounding equipment.

Remove Water Safely 

A professional service will ensure liquid waste from cleaning and disinfecting water sources. It can be extremely dangerous for plants and animals if you dispose of it in ponds, rivers, and other sources. Water from tank cleaning should be disposed of in a sewer system. 

Use Your Storage Tank!

Once cleaning finishes, your water tank is ready to use again. Make sure it is secure, so debris cannot enter. Also, follow any advice given to reduce future bacteria build-up.

Maintain Your Industrial Water Tank

Now you know how to clean your industrial water tank, you need to maintain it!  A professional service will advise how often to clean your specific water tank. However, a general rule is your tank has a thorough clean at least twice a year.

Always go with a reputable company that follows state and general guidelines. Check customer reviews and check how their cleaning process compares to these steps. 

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