Keeping your tanks and silos in good condition is incredibly important, especially when you use them to store important resources. Whether you are storing immense amounts of feed for a farm or you are using a water tank above ground, a harsh winter can do a number on the tanks and silos. Depending on if you have chosen to paint them or not, you can get some environmental protection. Unfortunately, if the winter was harsh enough, your tank’s or silo’s paint might not be looking too good. This makes it all the more important for you to do a thorough checkup on your tanks and silos as the weather begins to warm up so that you can get a good idea of how things are looking. There are a few things that you will need to pay attention to when you are looking at the condition of your tanks and silos.
What Should You Look for?
As you look at the condition of your tanks and silos, you should pay close attention to the condition of the paint. Because the paint serves as the environmental barrier, if the paint is damaged too much, it can spell some serious trouble for the next harsh winter, making it even more important for you to look at it closely. First, you should be looking at any damage done to the paint and where that damage is located. In some cases, it might be located closer to the top of the silo or tank; in other cases, it could be closer to the bottom. Similarly, you will also need to see if the paint is decaying at all. Paint can decay from old age, mold, mildew, and many other causes. If it gets cold enough, peeling paint can freeze right off and this is something that nobody wants. In some cases, rust can also damage the paint so if you can, you should look at the condition of the tanks and silos themselves.
Once you are done, you might begin to wonder what you should do next now that you know the damage that has been done. The next thing you should consider is looking at ways to fix the damage done to your tanks and silos. You can either invest in the help of a professional or you can look at what needs to be done and do what you can, depending on your tools and expertise.
How Can You Fix the Damage?
To put it simply, the best way to manage the damage is going to be to apply a new coat of paint to your tanks and silos. This process can be relatively difficult, especially when it comes to safely removing the paint. If you don’t have paint on the tanks or silos, then you should begin looking at what types of paints would be best suited to your task.
Generally, what will need to be done is a series of preparations to ensure that your tank or silo is ready to be repainted before the harsh winter returns. This will involve removing any and all rust from the building itself as rust can do a considerable amount of damage to the paint. Next, it will be a matter of scraping, sanding, and power washing the silo or tank until the surface is as smooth as can be. This is when the painting process can begin.