Water Tank liners – the most important fire safety element
Monday, March 24, 2014
When people think of ways to fight fire, the words “water storage tanks and tank liners” rarely cross their lips. However, those who are serious about the hazards fire presents know that a robust, reliable tank whose internal surfaces are protected by a high-quality tank liner can mean the difference between success and failure when it comes to coping with runaway fires.
As the trend towards self-sufficient industries increases, more and more businesses are investing in property protection systems to to ensure the building, contents and staff are protected against fire. An important part of such a system is the reliable supply of water. This can either be direct from mains supply or via the installation of water tanks with fire pumps to meet the needs of a sprinkler system. There is a huge safety benefit of having a high of volume of water on hand to fight fire.
If you are a business owner with concerns over potential fire risks, then keep reading to find out more about tank liners and their importance.
What do water tank liners do?
From the outside, a water tank looks like nothing more than an empty vessel, but the reality is that installing one that will last a decade or more with little maintenance required needs some planning. Installing a protective geotextile underlay and a tank liner will offer the structure protection against corrosion and resultant degradation. A water storage tank has to be reliable and require little maintenance or the need to empty the contents to carry out repair work (at which time the building won't have a fire protection system). The first and most important step is to choose a tank liner that is durable and flexible. Without the support and waterproof strength of a Butyl or EPDM lining, a tank would be vulnerable to rust and leakage due to continued exposure to water.
The lining is what actually keeps the water in place. Even dense plastic is porous and when coupled with the weakness of hardened plastic, is rendered useless for long-term waterproof storage of liquid.
Larger tanks placed at farms, offices or industrial areas are used to put out fires. Naturally, if they were not completely waterproof, they would be pointless, as there would be nothing inside them when the time came to deal with fire.
Investing in the highest-quality tank liner is imperative. At Russetts Developments Ltd, we pride ourselves on fabricating, supplying and occasionally installing tank liners, as well as linings for bigger industrial projects, from ponds to service lakes. We have more than twenty years’ experience and can offer you peace of mind that is unrivalled in our industry.
Contact us today to make sure that your tank liner has the durability to last and serve its purpose in the case of an emergency.