JPCL May 2019

JPCL May 2019

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The Importance of Routine Maintenance of Water Storage Tanks

by Gregory R. “Chip” Stein, Tank Industry Consultants

Welded steel tanks can provide effective service lives in excess of 100 years if properly maintained. Proper maintenance of steel tanks includes periodic cleaning and reapplication of a lining that provides a barrier between the underlying steel and its environment. In almost every case in the water tank industry, this involves abrasive-blasting the steel and applying a coating. The author describes the factors involved in water tank maintenance painting including coating condition, economics, aesthetics, civic pride and more.

Measuring Vertical Concrete Surface pH: Testing for Severe Exposures

by Vaughn O’Dea, Tnemec Company, Inc.

Concrete that has been distressed from chemically induced deterioration should be properly prepared to achieve a sound substrate prior to the application of protective linings for severe service environments. Concrete surface pH testing is one quality- control method of assessing the appropriate removal of chemical ingress. This article explores a more appropriate testing procedure for vertical concrete that has been developed.

Above the Field: Elevated Tank Projects Show Longevity, Service

by JPCL Staff

SSPC’s annual Structure Awards recognize the work of teams of contractors, designers, end users and coating manufacturers for excellence on protective coatings projects. Two elevated water storage tank painting projects earned SSPC Structure Awards this year—one for coating longevity and one for service to the community. This article presents a profile of each project.

Sauereisen, Inc.

Tarps manufacturing, Inc.

KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office

Axxiom Manufacturing


Abrasives Inc.

Seal for Life/STOPAQ

HoldTight Solutions Inc.


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