Plastic Tank: Plastic Storage Tank
Tanks up to 16,000 gallons have replaced tanks of most other
materials (especially fiberglass tanks) over the last decade.
Plastic tanks are especially good for storing water and most chemicals including chlorine, bleaches and acids.
that Plastic Tanks have over storage tanks made from most other
materials is much lighter weight. The weight saving means lower
costs and greater ease of transport, handling and positioning.
Tanks made from plastic are usually less likely to react to
the liquid which is stored in them. The FDA has approved several
polyethylene resins (including Exxon's high density linear linked HD-8660 which we use at Bailiff Enterprises) for holding drinking water
and food products. Perhaps the most significant advantage that
plastic storage tanks have is lower cost. In sizes up to about
16,000 gallons, tanks made from polyethylene are significantly
less expensive to purchase and deliver than are tanks made from
most other materials.
the use of modern plastics, the lifespan of a properly used
plastic storage tank can rival or exceed the life of most other
tanks. Additionally, there are virtually no maintenance costs
associated with tanks made of plastic.
are many types of plastic that can be used to make storage tanks.
Polyethylene is by far the most common. Tanks made from a high
quality polyethylene resin will be strong, durable and reliable
over a long time. There are some chemicals that do not store
well in Polyethylene and for those substances, other plastics
like polypropylene or kynar may be more suitable
considering which plastic tank to use, you should know that
they are rated based on the 'specific
gravity' of the substance they are designed to hold. To
put it simply, tanks with a higher specific gravity rating will
have thicker walls and will be designed for heavier duty use
when compared to another tank made from the same material but
with a lower specific gravity. As an example, a polyethylene
tank designed with a specific gravity of 1.9 will be a stronger
tank than a similar tank with a specific gravity of 1.5 or 1.2.
Because more resin is required to produce tanks with a higher
specific gravity rating, the cost usually rises along with the
specific gravity rating of a tank.
storage tanks are available in an extremely wide range of sizes
and shapes. At Bailiff Enterprises, we produce nearly all of
the popular shapes and our sizes range from 15 gallons to 11,500
gallons. Tanks come in open
top, closed top and dual containment versions. Most
plastic storage tanks are round but we also produce rectangular