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  • How to Safely Transport Fuel Tanks

    Transportation of fuel tanks is a risky undertaking that requires know-how and much precaution. You don't have much of a margin to mess up since safety is key to avoiding disaster. Fuel tanks can be incredibly dangerous loads to keep and transport in your vehicle. So how do you make sure that you're preventing any potential hazards that could arise during this process? We'll look at safety measures you can take, as well as, the value in investing in a quality fuel tank that can minimize the potential for any hazardous events.

    Know Your Transportation Regulations It is important to be aware of and have some knowledge of state and federal regulations regarding the transportation of fuel tanks, whether filled or empty, with residual compound. U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulations are constantly changing, so it is important to stay up-to-date, in order to be in compliance with the laws governing fuel tank transportation (tank endorsement, placard hazardous materials marking, etc.) and to ensure safety.

    Get a Good Fuel Tank It goes without saying, a quality fuel tank is beneficial in meeting and even exceeding regulatory standards, and lends to reliability and safety for fuel transportation. Furthermore, fuel tanks are made from a variety of materials, including steel, aluminum and plastic. It is essential that your tank is not susceptible to heat and cold, and will not corrode and cause leakage.

    Fully Secure Fuel Tank Cap When transporting a fuel tank, it is vital to ensure that the cap is securely tightened, in order to prevent the risk of spillage and the accumulation of gas vapor, which can cause a dangerous fire when ignited. It is always good to double-check the fuel tank cap before heading out.

    Secure the Fuel Tank For Transportation Fuel Tanks should be secured in an upright position so it will not fall, shift, or roll. This type of load, if permitted to move around in your vehicle or tip on its side, could cause fuel leakage during transport. You can employ the use of a bungee cord, if necessary, to anchor the fuel tank and ensure safety when deployed on a vehicle in motion.

    We recognize the need to be safe from start to finish, and at Go To Tanks, we stock a selection of fuel tanks for you to choose from. We minimize your worry with fuel tanks that are durable, leak-free and reliable.

  • Get Maximum Storage Efficiency with Stackable Tote Tanks

    If you're collecting a larger quantity of liquid for storage, you may find that drums are not the best containers for the job. Drums are typically much smaller and their cylindrical shapes make it a burden to transport and store liquids. The questions then becomes: where am I going to fit it all? What containers can I find that can allow me to have maximum storage efficiency? Thankfully, stackable tote tanks offer an effective solution to compartmentalize your collection and get them out of the way. We'll highlight the different shapes and sizes and how they might be useful for your next job.

     

    What are Stackable Tote Tanks?

    These are multi-fluid, mobile, plastic, stand-alone containment tanks, that can be used in both indoor and outdoor stationary or transportable applications, and can transport liquids for non-DOT approved moves.

     

    Why Use Stackable Tote Tanks?

    These tanks are available in 35, 70, 120, 180, 240 gallon sizes, with gallon indicators on one side of these containers for easy and accurate measurements, 7″ vented lid assembly and lanyard, and 4 lift ears for lifting each tote. They are manufactured from FDA-approved high-density food grade polyethylene with U.V stabilizers, and are durable and can withstand extreme service environments and harsh weather conditions, and will not leak or corrode.

    Stackable tote tanks can be used for the storage of fresh potable drinking water, grey water storage, soaps/ detergents, automotive fluids, used bulk oil storage, liquid compatible chemicals, liquid fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. Your chemical compatibility needs are important, and these tanks are ideal for fluids with a gravity of 1.5 or less. In general, stackable tote tanks share these common features, with the exception of few particular characteristics.

     

    35 Gallon Stackable Tote

    Limited to stacking 5 high or a maximum of 140 gal on top of the bottom tote.

    32"L X 32"W X 15"H

    Has the same footprint as the 70 and 120 gallon totes.

     

    70 Gallon Stackable Tote

    32"L X 32"W X 25"H

    Can be stacked up to 3 high and has the same footprint as the 35 and 120 gallon totes

     

    120 Gallon Stackable Tote

    32"L X 32"W X 38"H

    Can be stacked 2 high and has the same footprint as the 35 and 70 gallon totes

     

    180 & 240 Gallon Stackable Tote

    Flat spots are available to install accessory fittings on all sides

    Front of tote features 2 inserts for placard placement

    Serves to adapt the 35, 70 & 120 gallon tote sizes to the 180 & 240 gallon totes.

     

    Go To Tanks has a variety of stackable tote tanks to make your liquid storage much easier.

  • Why Use a Below Ground Cistern Water Tank

    Why Use a Below Ground Cistern Water Tank

    Below ground cistern water tanks, also called underground water tanks are multipurpose storage containers that could serve people in ways that may have not even crossed your mind. We'll take a broad look at what these tanks have to offer, particularly highlighting why construction companies might consider them a worthwhile investment for their next job.

    What are Below Ground Cistern Water Tanks?

    These are underground storage water tanks or catchment systems that are used for the storage of potable water and rainwater collection for reuse. They are typically used in places where a potable water source is unavailable, a private water well yields low levels of water, or the groundwater quality is poor, or it is used as an emergency source of water supply or for seasonal/occasional use. They are made from FDA approved polyethylene plastic resins, which means that they are durable, strong and safe throughout a life-cycle.

    Reasons to use a Below Ground Cistern Water Tank?

    1. Great for Domestic Use

    The water collected in cisterns can be used for domestic purposes, including flushing toilets, irrigation, cleaning laundry, and washing vehicles. This saves you time and money, since having a supply of rainwater for these tasks can reduce the costs associated with the delivery of potable water from normal tap water delivery water system.

    2. Applicable for Consumption

    Whether it’s a 525-gallon below ground cistern water tank or one that has a 2,500-gallon capacity, a cistern tank can prove valuable when it comes to the collection and storage of rainwater for consumption. In rural agricultural areas or backwoods camp sites, or simply isolated locations, where typically, there is an inconsistent supply of potable water, an underground cistern water tank could prove to be an appropriate and useful solution. If you are considering using underground cistern water tanks for drinking water, it is essential that you ensure that the cistern is designed to prevent water contamination to guard against health issues related to the consumption of toxic chemicals.

    3. Help Manage Stormwater

    Below ground cistern water tanks can help to control stormwater by limiting peak runoff volumes and temporary storing the runoff. This, in turn, results in less water entering the storm sewer systems, and minimizes the cost, energy, and resources that would be associated with cleaning this water. This application is recommended for rooftop surfaces, and since it is an elevated surface, the cisterns can be filled gravitationally.

    It’s easy to see why below ground cistern tanks could become the go-to catchment containers for construction companies, and here at Go To Tanks, we have just what you need for the job.

  • Finding the Right Below Ground Septic Tank for Your Job

    When it comes to getting the job done right, not all septic tanks are created equal. If you should ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of experiencing a failing septic tank, uprooting it can be a massive and unpleasant undertaking that you’d rather avoid, but will most likely have to pursue. It is certainly vital to get the right tank from the get go. Let’s look at a few different types of below ground septic tanks that will give you the peace of mind that you deserve after installation.

    Plastic Septic Tanks

    As a more cost effective option and easier to install when compared to concrete septic tanks, plastic septic tanks are constructed from polyethylene resins, lightweight, built to last (less prone to cracking and freezing issues), and can serve both your residential and commercial needs.

    So, whether it’s for your trailers, RV parks, hunting camps, homes, cabins and cottages, or portable construction buildings, these septic tanks are just what you need for human waste, sewage, or blackwater containment.

    Standard Septic Tanks

    Spherical pump/holding tanks are the most basic of the underground tanks. They are designed to be used as a holding tank or pump tank, and when empty, can be stored underground. Spherical tanks feature a 20-inch watertight domed lid, which makes leak prevention a key advantage. It also has a molded-in elevated pump stand on the bottom of the tank and a gallon capacity between 200 and 525. They are not harmful to the environment and installation in high water table or high clay areas is not recommended.

    Norwesco legacy (Ribbed) septic tanks are molded in one piece and are installation ready. It’s superior structural integrity and its light weight makes it easily transportable to a job site by two individuals or in a pick-up truck. Available in single and double compartment (2/3 - ⅓), they must be kept full continually, while 750-1500 gallons and up can feature PVC tees and gaskets fitted loose or with installed PVC tees and septic adapters.

    Bruiser Septic Tank

    These tanks are available in both single and double compartment and are used for the storage of wastewater and is a lightweight, making it cost-effective. Gallon capacity ranges from 1000 up to 1500. The durability of this tank reflects its ability to be resistant to cracks, chips, and ruptures, as a result of being designed with rotationally molded polyethylene resin. With a 20” manway lid, pre-plumed according to the state code, and the capacity to accept 4" effluent filters, these tanks need no special backfill and can use native soil during installation.

    Low Profile Septic Tanks

    Specifically designed with rotationally molded rugged, this one-piece polyethylene resin tank has no seams, minimizing the chances of leakage. Installation ready, molded in one piece, either single or double compartment, low profile tanks may be pumped dry during pump-outs, and installed with 6" to 36" of cover. Tanks can feature PVC tees and gaskets, with no backfill required for installation. It can be accessorized with low profile applicable extensions-  double-wall corrugated pipe and ribbed PVC pipe.

    Ground Holding Tanks

    These can be used as free-standing large capacity septic tanks and designed for storing gray water. Produced from high-density polyethylene with U.V inhibitors, it possible to hold greywater of up to 1.0 gravity. Gallon capacity ranges from 2000 to 2650 and extensions, risers, access covers and fittings can make useful accessories to match your needs.

    Ready to invest in a septic tank that will have you covered for the long haul? Go To Tanks has plenty of options for your below ground septic tank job. Reach out to us today and we’ll help you find the perfect septic tank for you job.

  • Forkliftable Pallet Tanks to Make Your Construction Job Easier

    Forkable pallet tanks

    When you’re working on a construction site, you have access to all sorts of heavy machinery to make your job easier. There’s no doubt with all the man power and ingenuity in your construction crew that you could dream up an easier way to transport water tanks to your construction site – but wouldn’t it be better if there was a tank designed to work with the resources you already have? Forkliftable pallet tanks are just that. As you can tell by the name, these tanks are easy to transport with a forklift. But that’s now where the benefits end. Let’s break down what makes these pallet tanks so essential for your worksite.

    Convenience

    Water is a necessary resource to have on hand a construction site. With some jobs going on for months, you don’t want to have to waste time continuing to fill it up again and again. Thankfully, these tanks come in hefty sizes that range from 110 gallons to 300 gallons. So not only can you move these tanks around without breaking a sweat, you won’t have to waste your time constantly refilling it.

    The translucence design of the tanks means construction workers can keep a tab on the amount of liquid and refill when necessary. There are also gallon indicators which give an exact estimate of how much liquid needs to be refilled for when that time eventually comes. It’s just another way to streamline your site – letting workers quickly glance on how the water supply is doing rather than wasting time trying to figure out if someone on the crew should go fill it up. Less time guessing, more time working.

    Durability

    Most pallet tanks are either made of polyethylene or powder-coated metal, making them light enough to be more easily carried. The lightweight design makes it easier for the tanks to be carried anywhere with or without being full. Unlike steel water tanks, forkliftable pallet tanks don’t have seams.The welded joints corrode and crack with continued usage. This means polyethylene tanks last longer and are more cost-effective – after all, you won’t have to continually replace your old tanks with new ones once they fall apart. These are tanks meant for the long haul and the toughness of a construction job.

    If you are looking for such tanks to make your construction work easier, contact GoTo Tanks today. We will not only provide you the best solution but will also guide you in choosing the tank that will be best suitable for your construction job.

  • Using Water Tanks for Disaster Relief and Preparedness

    Using Water Tanks for Disaster Relief and Preparedness

    With the tragic disasters of Hurricane Harvey and Irma this past week, we’ve seen first hand how much damage can be done overnight to your home. It’s a reminder for being prepared for when the worst comes and also demonstrates how the right people with the right resources can have a dramatic impact on helping their community during disaster relief. 

    Chief among sought after resources in natural disasters like these is water. We take water for granted most of the year, but when moments like this happen it becomes in high demand. Maybe you saw headlines of retailers skyrocketing their prices on bottled water, making it harder to survive if you don’t already have your home in order. It’s a terrible thing, but water tanks can help prevent you or your friends and family from having to endure these types of problems and focus on keeping everyone safe.

    Bladder Tanks

    Bladder tanks are one of the best resources you can keep around in case of a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis like the ones being experienced in Texas and Florida. Their flexible design makes them easier to store when you don’t need them as well as easy to transport. Having one filled up and stored away in your home is a great assurance. You hope you never have to use it, but having it available is better than not. There are smaller sizes in the 20-50 gallon range for your home, but larger sizes are also available all the way up to 20,000 gallons. Larger bladder tanks are great for humanitarian services assisting the community, providing water to multitudes of people who may otherwise not have access.

    Pickup Truck Tanks

    Having a pickup truck during a disaster is almost like having a superpower. You have the power and space to haul all the supplies you need and then some. This is especially great because the one hamperer of water tanks is often transporting them. Thankfully there’s an array of hauling tanks great that fit great in your truck. Whether it’s an actual pickup truck water tank or a flat bottom water tank that’s the right size for your vehicle or flat bottom tanks you can stack against each other in your truck bed to distribute to others, you have plenty of options.

    Natural disasters like these are harrowing, trying, and even deadly. Having the right tools at your disposal is important. Consider investing in a water tank to prepare you and yours before the next disaster hits. It’s better to be prepared than to not.

  • Protecting Your Roads With Deicing Tanks

    Deicing Tanks

    If you live above a certain latitude, or at a high elevation, it’s never too early to begin making preparations for removing winter snow and ice on your city’s roads. While snow and ice removal is adequately handled by most large municipalities and, in some instances, by state DOT assets, many residents need to be prepared to deice their own roads. You’re going to need some deicing equipment, chief of which is a reliable and adequately sized tank.

    If you have to deice your roads because you live outside of areas covered by city, town or state services, it’s a good chance you own a four-wheel drive pickup truck with a snow plow in front, and with a bed large enough to hold a tank and spraying mechanism. That or a trailer upon which a tank can be mounted and then pulled by a truck or SUV. Here are a few of your best choices for selecting a deicing tank for your specific needs.

    Elliptical Leg Tank

    Used for bulk containment for hauling liquids, these are the largest capacity tanks rand require a full-sized truck bed. They come with built-in legs, drain out sumps and tie down band grooves. The maximum size tank  to fit in your truck bed is going to be around 335 gallons. They are constructed from food grade polyethylene, are translucent for viewing fluid levels and come with indicators for the number of gallons.

    Horizontal Leg Tank

    This bulk storage tank is an excellent choice for trailer mounting. Complete with drain out sumps, these tanks also feature semi-transparent so you can see how much water is currently filled in the ank. With a low center of gravity they make for steady hauling whether by trailer or in the bed of your pickup truck – just make sure you also grab some bands and J-Bolts. For mounting on a trailer you’re only going to be limited in tank capacity by the size of your trailer and/or towing capacity. For mounting in your pickup bed you’re looking at about a 335 gallon tank.

    Elliptical Cradle Tank

    Elliptical in shape and mounted on a skid and banded, these tanks have a low center of gravity just like the horizontal leg tanks so you can be sure these will be staying steady on your truck. You’re going to need a cradle to support the tank’s bottom. Made from food grade polyethylene, these tanks are translucent and come with gallon indicators. For a standard sized pickup bed you’ll want to go no larger than a 300 gallon capacity tank.

    When it comes to winter deicing equipment the last thing you want to do is procrastinate and not be prepared for when you need it. GoToTanks maintains a full inventory of deicing tanks of all types and sizes along with all needed accessory equipment. Our professional and friendly staff can help you find just the right storage tank for your needs. Reach out to us today to ensure you’re ready for winter.

  • Connecting Tanks and Avoiding Hard Plumbing

    As with most things in life, it’s good to think ahead. Doing things right the first time saves you from headaches down the road – it’s easier on your wallet too. These principles certainly apply to your water tanks as well. When you’re attempting to connect tanks together in a series, you have a wide array of factors to consider – right down to simply finding the right tank. If something is done wrong, you’re likely committing yourself to doing some hard plumbing later on down the line. Below we’ll discuss some of these ideas to consider and tips to make sure your connected pipes function as they’re intended to.

    Common Do’s and Don’ts on Poly Tanks

    Knowing what not to do is just as important as what to do, especially when it comes to poly tanks and pipes. Some things are obvious, while others may some like they’re up to discretion. There’s a certain finesse required for connecting tanks that goes beyond “attach this piece to that piece.” For instance, make sure you’re not over-tightening your tie down straps or bands on your tank. If they’re too tight, you’ll put excessive stress on the tank which could actually lead to a leak or damage later on down the road. Go for a snug fit, not something that’s so tight that you’ll never be able to undo it.

    Also remember to not attach heavy valve and plumbing fittings on a bulkhead fitting without proper support. You’ll always want to use flexible connections to allow the tank to expand and contract. Give your tank some room to breathe. It’s less about restraining and more about retaining. Always water test the tank before using to be sure fittings are sealed tight.

    Do not over-tighten the bulkhead fitting, either. Fittings are installed to proper torque ratings at the time of manufacturing but may become loose through movement in shipping. When you get your tank, hand-tighten the fitting and then give it a quarter of a turn to make sure it's tight.

    How Should I Plumb My Tanks?

    You can plumb your tanks and avoid hard plumbing by making sure you’ve set yourself up for success. When you’re setting up your tank system, remember that rigid piping must not be connected directly to a tank. Flexible connections are required between the tank fitting and the pump to allow for expansion and contraction of the tank as it is filled and as liquid is withdrawn, which is why a good quality flexible hose is best. We also recommend proper support under heavy valves and fittings that may be attached to the tank fitting. These plumbing recommendations will also extend the life of the tank by reducing stress on the tank.

    Need some help finding the right tanks and plumbing accessories for your connected tank system? Go To Tanks can help. Our massive inventory of water tanks has just about everything you could need to get a functional and durable plumbing set up without all the hassle. Reach out to us today and we’ll help find the right option for you.

  • Rise and Brine: Preventing Icy Roads with the Right Brine Tanks

    Rise and Brine- Preventing Icy Roads with the Right Brine TanksIcy roads aren’t to be taken lightly. Even for drivers confident in their skills and take extra precautions while driving around town, freak accidents and sliding across the pavement are still real possibilities. The Weather Channel even cites weather-related car accidents as being more deadly than tornadoes. When you’re working in the transportation industry, or even just a concerned driver trying to make sure your driveway and neighborhoods are safe, you can take measures to ensure your roads are drivable and safe using a brine solution.

    What is Brine?

    You might not be familiar with the term brine, but it’d be surprising if you didn’t know it’s main ingredients. Simply enough, brine is a solution comprised of water and a high-concentration of salt. It’s possible that you’ve heard it used as a food preservative, helping to keep meats from beef to chicken.

    Brine often occurs naturally in nature, appearing in salt lakes and even in what’s referred to as “brine pools” in the ocean. However you don’t need to venture far beyond a trip to your grocery store to make some for yourself. Pouring a roughly three-to-one mixture of hot water and rock salt, you can have yourself as much brine as you want within in now time at all. You can even find brine kits at local hardware stores for maximum efficiency. What makes brine such an effective deicer is not just that it melts snow and ice but that it destroys the bond between the ice and the road. It’s cheap to make and easy enough to apply to concrete.

    How Do You Store Brine?

    Storing heavy salt solutions like brine requires a specialty tank that’s up for the task. You also want to be able to have brine on hand when you need it, especially if you live in a part of the country with harsher and unpredictable winters. Chem-Tainer brand tanks are designed to handle saturated salt water. Ranging in sizes from 30 gallons to 500 gallons, you have plenty of options to find the right sized tank to meet the specs of your job. Need help selecting a brine tank for your transportation department? Or looking for an effective way to keep some on hand this winter for your home? Go To Tanks offers a wide selection of Chem-Tainers brand tanks ready to handle all your brine needs. Give us a call or drop us an email today and we’ll help you find the right option for you.

  • Are We There Yet? Liquid Storage Tanks for Industries on the Move

    liquid storage tanks

    When you're industry requires you to travel long distances, you need a liquid storage tank that's up for the challenge. Not all tanks can do this – pick the wrong one and you'll end up with a miss on your hands. Let’s examine some of the tanks that are ready to get on the road so you can think through might be the best option for you.

    PCO Liquid Tanks

    PCO Liquid Tanks may be most known for their use with agricultural pesticides and herbicides, but they also make for an excellent way to transport fresh water – or any type of liquid for that matter. Ranging in sizes from 30 gallons to 300 gallons, the rounded bottoms of the tanks make them easy to empty. This means – should the situation arise – you could make your trip, empty the water to where it needs to be, and head back to get another load without wasting time waiting around.

    Hauling Tanks

    We’ve spent a lot of time talking about hauling tanks in the past, but it bears repeating because these tanks are incredibly versatile. It doesn’t matter if you’re running an industrial job or just errands for your home or farm – the right water hauling tank can give you the support you need when transporting large amounts of liquid in your rig.  Structurally, they’re designed with reduction ribs to minimize sloshing while you traverse across bumpy roads and travel at highway speeds.

    Pickup Truck Water Tanks

    It’s important to know the limits of what you’re working with. If you know your water tank is just going to be used in a pickup truck, there’s no need to go with a larger scale PCO tank or a heavier duty hauling tank (though, as mentioned, some smaller sized hauling tanks may suit your needs). Go with something you know will work with the resources you have. A pickup truck water tank is, by its very name, crafted with the intention of fitting perfectly in your truck. There are a variety of tanks for your truck to consider – from water caddies to utility tanks. You can even consider looking for a mount for your truck or trailer. Whichever route you take, you can have peace of mind that it’s made with your truck in mind.

    Looking to improve the way you or your company transports water and other liquids? Go To Tanks can help. Within our massive array of water tanks and mounts, we can help you find the perfection option for your transport job. Give us a call today and we’ll talk through some of the options you might want to consider.

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