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Advantages of Synthetic Rubber Tank Liner Membranes

Jan 14

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Galvanised tanks are recognised as an economical way of storing liquids. They are used primarily to store water for fire sprinkler systems, potable water and irrigation markets.

These tanks are assembled on site using overlapped and bolted galvanised flat sheet panels then sealed using Butyl or EPDM synthetic rubber tank liner membranes. The tank liner is installed by bolting it to the top of the tank through re-inforced eyelets. Many installations include lining the base and lower inner walls with geotextile membrane to protect the rubber liner. A roof is added to the top of the tank, particularly when water is stored for potable use. This seals the tank keeping foreign bodies and impurities out for low maintenance water storage.

Concrete tanks are more expensive to assemble, but are also important and highly effective in the containment of water. In hot weather, concrete can crack due the the difference in temperature between the water and external concrete surface area. Water in an unlined tank will then leak out through the cracks and into the frame work set in the concrete, causing corrosion. Water can also break down exposed concrete over time and cause piting.

Butyl and EPDM rubber tank liner membranes are an easy and inexpensive way of containing water in galvanised and concrete storage tanks. They offer ageing and weather resistant properties due to their closely packed molecular structure therefore last for many years without needing replacement plus protect the tank from corrosion and degradation. Butyl is approved by the UK Water Regulations Advisory Scheme for potable water storage.

Russetts Developments supply tank liners for refurbishment of leaking, rust damaged and deteriorating tanks. Synthetic rubber tank liners are rust resistant, extend the life of a tank and provide a long term cost effective alternative to replacement.

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