Heartland Tank Services, Inc. Encourages Tank Owners to Book an API 653 Inspection For Summer

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The tank service company will be sending out their API 653 certified inspection teams across the U.S. to assist customers in completing tank inspections.

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Most AST owners who store liquid fertilizer empty out a tank's contents by the summer since the fertilizer is usually applied during the spring or the fall. Summer is, therefore, an ideal time to check the tanks for wear and tear.

With spring in full swing, Heartland Tank Services, Inc. is encouraging owners of above ground storage tanks (AST) to book API 653 tank inspections with them to best time the needed inspection after tanks are empty and before new product arrives.

Heartland Tank Services, Inc., which specializes in liquid fertilizer tanks, provides various services for tank owners, including performing API 653 inspections. In the inspection results, the API 653 certified inspectors detail the condition of the tank for continued service as well as recommend what repairs are necessary or beneficial to extending the life of the steel storage tank.

Most AST owners who store liquid fertilizer empty out a tank's contents by the summer since the fertilizer is usually applied during the spring or the fall. Summer is, therefore, an ideal time to check the tanks for wear and tear.

"The tanks we service are so massive and store so much liquid that they often undergo a great deal of pressure and strain when they’re filled and emptied time after time," said Genevieve Bruce, the Marketing and Legal Analyst at Heartland Tanks Services, Inc. "They also hold fairly corrosive products -- either water or fertilizer, which corrodes or wears away the steel. This is why most states require API 653 inspections at regular intervals to ensure that the tank is still safe to operate over time."

Among other techniques, the company uses ultrasound equipment to measure the AST's thickness and vacuum boxes to test for leaks on the tank's floor. Assessing the thickness of the tank's wall is critical. The tank wall or shell withstands the most pressure from the tank contents, so the strength in the thickness of the tank shell is crucial for a tank to be safely in service.

AST API 653 inspection timing required by law varies by state. Nevertheless, the average required interval for a tank inspection is between five to ten years. Inspections can take anywhere from two hours to an entire day depending on the tank's size and condition. Bruce encourages tank owners to contact Heartland Tank Services, Inc. if they have any questions about the state tank requirements that apply to their tanks.

About Heartland Tank Services, Inc
Heartland Tank, LLC and Heartland Tank Services, Inc. are separate companies that were simultaneously formed to address the need for alternative methods in quality design and fabrication of API 650 tanks in the agricultural industry as well as alternatives in secondary containment and the ever-increasing need for API-certified tank inspectors. Today, Heartland Tank Companies work together to provide a wide range of above ground storage tank solutions. Their services include field-erected API 650 tank construction, tank repair and modification, internal PVC tank liners, API 653 tank inspections, and more. To learn more, visit heartlandtankservices.com

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