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plastic tanks for mobile detailing

Our world has never been so full of information. We have access to enough data to fill mountains of computers and countless numbers of documents, and we carry this around in our pocket today. With nothing more than a phone and a WiFi signal, we can run a business and make more than our ancestors made with back-breaking labor. We are rich in information and ways to connect with clients. However, we continue to be more and more starved for time in our lives.

Basic things like getting groceries, paying bills, or going to a meeting are now being done online or being delivered to us to save us the time of driving to the store. We cannot seem to come up with enough innovations to help us save time. We don’t even have time to clean our cars properly.

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That’s where you come in. With the help of plastic water tanks for mobile detailing, you can offer car detailing and cleaning, and you can bring these services to your customers instead of waiting for them to come to you. This is far superior to taking out scrub buckets and trying to get customers in parking lots, especially after trying to get permission to even be there.

 

Mobile car detailing can be a professional occupation where you make house or office calls, perhaps setting up appointments and payments online. There is only one thing holding you back from starting your own mobile auto detailing business right now: a plastic tank for mobile auto detailing.

Plastic tanks for mobile detailing

Pressure Washer Water Tanks


A 100-gallon poly tank will fit in a pickup truck, trailer, or van and are a popular size for mobile auto detailers. This gives you enough water to get through a day. Depending on how liberally you use your water, you can expect to get 10-15 cars washed with one full tank. Since the typical mobile detailer does between two and six autos each day, a 100-gallon tank is plenty large enough to get you through a very busy day, and then some.

Since this tank will spend hours in the daylight, it is important that you purchase a tank made with UV-protected polyethylene resin, specific for outdoor storage. Often plastics exposed to sunlight will leach chemicals into the water they hold. When using water to clean and detail vehicles, these chemicals are not your biggest concern. However, the algae, which grows in water exposed to sunlight, will cause you problems. It will contaminate your clean water, sticking to the cars and trucks you are cleaning, and it will clog up your pump, causing it to fail eventually.

Pressure Pumps for Plastic Tanks


You will need an excellent commercial pump to help you with your auto detailing business. These come in both electric and gas powered models. Gas powered pumps are probably more practical for mobile auto detailing operations because you may not have access to electricity. That would leave you in need of a gas-powered generator which would put you back using gas power again. Commercial pumps are not cheap, but you can get a good pressure pump with a soap injector for around $2000. You may choose to invest in a special Foam Gun as well as a standard spray gun to help lather your vehicles.

Soap for Mobile Auto Detailing


You will probably need to invest in a smaller plastic tank to store your soap as well. Many regular kinds of soap (hand soap, dishwashing detergent, glass cleaner, etc.) are too abrasive to use on auto paint. They will strip off the protective wax coat. Once that coat is removed, the paint will become susceptible to the harmful UV rays from the sun, which will cause it to fade prematurely. Make sure you use a soap designed specifically for automobiles.

There are four categories to consider when looking at automobile soaps.

  1. The first is how much foam forms. The foamier your soap is, the better it will clean the vehicles. Those tiny suds capture the dirt particles and lift them away from the paint when you rinse the car off. More foam equals better quality soap.
  2. The second category is the PH Balance. You want to make sure your soap is not too acidic. Acidic soaps often leave behind an acidic residue which can be harmful to the paint on your vehicles.
  3. The third category is lubricity. How slippery is the soap? The more slippery it is, the better it will clean and the safer it will be on your automobiles. Lubricity ensures that all the dirt particles leave the body of the car when it is rinsed. Make sure your soap is very slippery.
  4. The final category to consider is biodegradability. You want to be sure that your soap is not causing pollution. This is especially important if you are running a mobile unit and may be washing and rinsing vehicles on property that neither you nor your customers own. Polluting the property by leaving harmful soap residues may get you in legal trouble. Make sure your soap is biodegradable.

There are three different kinds of soaps you may use in mobile auto detailing work.

  1. The first is Strip Shampoo. This is a special kind of soap that is only used when you need to polish scratches and are going to completely re-wax the vehicle. It is best to keep this in a separate plastic tank, so it does not get mixed in accidentally with other soaps. Be sure to use a stripping shampoo that is specific for automobiles rather than just trying to use a harsher general soap. You want to evenly strip the waxy coating away without damaging the paint underneath.
  2. The second is a Wash and Wax Shampoo. This is a mid-grade kind of car shampoo that cleans and restores the paint’s waxy protective layer without completely removing it. This is a great soap to use if the car is not terribly dirty, or as a second wash. You don’t want to accidentally wax in any of those dirt particles on your automobiles.
  3. The last kind of soap is general use auto shampoo. This is the most common kind of soap used in auto detailing. It cleans without damaging the car’s paint wax and is the mildest of the three types of auto shampoo. This is the kind of shampoo you will want to keep on hand in a smaller plastic tank of your own for convenient access and easy storage.

Rinsing

With all of these soaps, be sure you rinse the car well. This is why it may be essential to have a tank, as big as 100 gallons perhaps, which can provide you with the clean water you need to do your mobile auto detailing work. The last thing you need to occur is to run out of water, requiring you to leave your client’s vehicle out, covered with soap suds. That will not get you repeat customers.

Speaking of rinsing, there is a new rinsing mat that mobile auto detailers use to help avoid spilling, control water runoff, and even reclaim used water. This is a large, inflatable, polyvinyl mat which forms “bumpers” around the outside edges of vehicles to prevent water runoff. The water can easily be reclaimed with a wet/dry vacuum. This is a vital addition to your mobile auto detailing business. There is only one thing you will need to use this on the go: your client’s keys.

If you can get your client’s automobile moved onto, and the off the mat, you will be good to go. They can come in sizes up to 10×20 feet which allows you to handle almost any vehicle, including stretch limousines. This rinsing mat will go a long way in keeping you eco-friendly and keeping your clients amazed at how you can pull up to their office or home, move your car to an open spot in the parking lot, and have their car sparkling and clean, with little sign of water anywhere around it. In fact, it might impress their neighbors and co-workers so much that one appointment may turn into a full day of work (and the pay to take home with it.)

Mobile auto detailing is not a cheap investment, but it is readily available work that you can do with just a bit of training. To do it well, you will need several thousand dollars worth of equipment. Depending upon your location though, you may make that all back in less than a week, leaving you with an income of several thousand dollars a week afterward. Don’t cut corners and settle for less valuable equipment and plastic tanks that fill up with algae and plug up your other equipment. Make sure you get plastic tanks for mobile auto detailing so that your business gets a reputation for fantastic quality, quick service, and plenty of open appointments so that your customers cannot wait to see your truck or van pull up to wash and detail their vehicle.

Choosing Poly Tank Accessories

There is something about staying simple in life. Our whirling, churning, ever overturning world keeps us adding on and changing things around to keep up with everyone around us. Social media makes sure that we are pushed and prompted daily. The simplicity of life that was normal for those who lived hundreds of years ago is something that many pay a lot of money and take vacations just to experience that kind of simplicity today.

 

Plastic Tanks and the Beauty of Simplicity

One thing that has remained relatively simple, even in the modern age is the storage of water and other liquids. While we have moved from wooden barrels to metal cans, to the plastic tanks we use so frequently today, their designs have been simple and straightforward through the years. The purpose is to keep the water in and foreign elements out so that the contents inside stay pure and usable.

 

Accessories make a Difference

The reason that simplicity seems like such a fleeting thing is that we find ways to accessorize our simple solutions in efforts to put more of the work upon our products and technology and less of the work upon us. Some of these innovations hardly seem like accessories at all, because their role is so vital and we all have grown so accustomed to them. Others play important roles that we do not notice until there becomes a problem. Here is a list of essential accessories and poly tank fittings for your poly tank.

 

Lids

Lids do not seem like innovation to us since they have been in use for so many centuries. However, when it comes to poly tanks, there is a big difference between having a poly tank with or without a lid. Lids allow you easy access to the tank’s contents when you need it, and keep your contents safe and sealed away when you are not accessing them. Lids can be separate pieces or hinge-locked in place on your tank. They can cover the entire top or just a small hole above or on the side of the tank.

 

Lids allow you easy access to your tank contents while simultaneously keeping them safe. Any open-topped tank will not remain clean for long if it is not covered by a lid. Depending on the approximate size and purpose of your tank, you may need a lid that screws on, is bolted to, or is connected by a hinge to your plastic tank.

 

Breathers

Breathers are poly tank fittings that are sometimes built into lids, sometimes installed separately. Their purpose is to allow any gasses that build up in the tank to escape naturally through the vent. Some of these are just vents that allow air in and out both directions. Others may be designed only to let gasses escape from within without allowing anything from the outside to come in.

 

Breathers are important for tanks holding contents that build up significant pressure over time or that release gasses that could negatively affect the contents.

 

Siphoning Tubes

Lids are one way to get easy access to your plastic tank contents. Another way is by adding a siphoning tube. Siphoning tubes are often inserted into the sides of the tank and direct the fluid out of the tank. Some tanks use these tubes in conjunction with a valve to form a tap that gives you access to water in a drinking water tank or a tank used for irrigating indoor gardening. Other tanks use siphoning tubes, sometimes working with pumps, to release extra material out of the tank. Septic tanks are a good example of this use of siphoning tubes.

 

Siphoning tubes can be very helpful if you want to eliminate the top layer of your tank’s content because it will naturally be released every time the content reaches the level of the siphoning tube in your plastic tank. They may also function as vents for that content as well, releasing gasses as well as liquids. They can be equipped with valves to turn the flow on and off.

 

Bolts

Bolts may not seem like a logical plastic tank accessory, but they can be invaluable in keeping your contents safe and secure. They may be used to hold your poly tank in place either from the side – bolted into the wall, or from the bottom the bottom of the tank – bolted into the floor.

 

You can find these and other accessories here.

Matching Poly Tank Fittings for the Right Accessories

If you use poly tank accessories, you will need to be sure you have the right kind of poly tank fittings to attach them. Not all fittings are the same, nor do they all serve the same purpose. Getting the wrong type of fitting can cause your accessory to malfunction or even be entirely unusable, so it is important to know what they are, what they do, and how they work.

 

Bulkhead fittings:

Bulkhead poly tank fittings are a multipurpose type of fitting that can be used to create a sealed opening in a plastic tank. This is the kind of fitting you need for siphoning tubes in particular.

 

There are at least three different types of poly tanks on which you would want to use bulkhead poly tank fittings.

 

J-Bolts:

J-Bolt poly tank fittings are bolts with a screw-in edge on one end and a solid hook on the other end. The hook is usually the same diameter as the rest of the bolt because it is used to hold heavy objects in place. The heavy objects, in this case, are your poly tanks.

 

Why would you want to hold poly tanks in place?

 

Anytime you are holding hazardous materials it is helpful to have them locked in place, especially if you live anywhere near a fault line. Earthquake damage is severe enough without having to worry about HAZMAT cleanup afterward. It is also a good idea to utilize J-Bolts to fasten tanks down if you are transporting them in trucks or vans. One big bump in the road could tip them over and cause you to lose their contents. We may also assume that tanks are simply held on the ground, but some tanks may fit better attached to a wall from their side. J-Bolts can help keep them in place securely and can be adjusted to bring them down off the wall for refilling or repair as needed.

 

Dual-line Tank Fitting Rings:

Dual-line poly tank fitting rings are used in tanks with multiple walls in them. Larger septic tanks are an excellent example of these, particularly those with risers. Often these tank fitting rings are not possible to install in a used tank but must be installed by the manufacturer as part of an order of a specialized tank or as a custom option.

 

None of the above accessories have many moving parts or need to be connected to WiFi to work properly. They are all quite simple by design. However, even for these simple upgrades on your standard poly tank, you need the correct poly tank fittings to ensure that your poly tank contents remain safe and secure for your use.

One of the most common signs of wealth and status, especially in the warmer regions of the world, is the ability to host a great pool party. Backyard pools are the purview of busy doctors and lawyers (who often never get to swim in them) and successful salespersons who use them as a way to draw a crowd and entertain clients. Mansions can be old, majestic, and full of history, but every modern home for the wealthy includes a swimming pool somewhere.

However, swimming pools have not always been the privilege of the wealthy alone. There are generations of poorer rural farmers whose children enjoyed makeshift backyard swimming pools in the form of round cattle troughs. You may be unable to swim laps quite as well or dive off diving boards, but for younger children, or those who just want to splash around or folks who enjoy tamer pool fun, it was a perfectly natural way to get wet and cool off from the summer heat. I am sure that many children got scratched or cut by rusting metal in those used cattle troughs over the years and had to get a tetanus shot. Thankfully, we have new technology and safer options for creating your own inexpensive and easy to maintain backyard pool.

Poly Tank Pools

Poly water tanks have long been used as alternatives for livestock watering devices, so it is no surprise that they should follow in the same path as their aluminum and steel predecessors, improving on their work and providing lighter, safer, and less expensive alternatives to backyard recreation everywhere. How is this true?

Traditional pools are permanent installations. They have to be drained at the end of every summer and cleaned thoroughly throughout the year. You have to keep toxic cleaning chemicals on hand and measure the pH balance of the water to prevent mold, mildew, and algae from contaminating the water and getting into the tile. While any kind of pool or body of water is at risk for those three kinds of nuisances, permanently installed pools are more difficult to clean thoroughly.

Poly water tanks can be set up and used as a temporary pool. What do you need to get a poly tank pool in your backyard?

 Measure Your Pool Space

 As you begin your DIY pool project, the first task you need to do to set up your DIY pool is measure the kind of space you have available for a pool. You will not find Olympic size plastic water tanks for backyard training, but you can expect to find six to eight-foot length tanks in either round or rectangular shapes. These often come between one and four feet in depth. These are primarily the size of pools for children or hot tubs. This should not be surprising since the origin of their use was not just children’s recreation, but as a family washbasin for those in rural areas without running water.

Does that mean that you are unable to entertain more than a few guests with your poly tank? No. It means that you may need multiple tanks to accommodate more guests. So, returning to the original question, how much space do you have available for a pool? Are you looking for a simple tank set up in your backyard or are you wanting to build a deck or patio around this pool? You need to design the entire space so you will know what shape and size of poly tank you need to get.

Prepare the Area

 Poly tanks are resistant to bumps and scrapes, but if you fill them with water, they become quite heavy and can begin to sink into the ground, especially if water has been spilling out around it making the soil soft and muddy. Ideally, you want the ground to be level and solid underneath to keep the poly tank pool water evenly distributed when full. If you have a concrete slab to put the poly water tank on, it is even better. Poly tanks can also be partially buried with a layer of stone and gravel underneath the poly water tank.

To install your poly tank pool on a foundation, you will need:

Instructions:

  1. Dig out an area at least one foot wider on each side.
  2. Arrange the two-by-fours around the edges and make sure they are secure and level.
  3. Fill in the center area with an inch of gravel.
  4. Mix the concrete together.
  5. Pour the concrete in on the top of the gravel, up to the level of the two-by-fours.
  6. Use the concrete leveling tools to level the concrete before it dries.

NOTE: DO NOT place the poly water tank on the concrete slab until it is thoroughly dried. If you put it on too soon, you may be unable to move it later.

Purchase Your Poly Water Tank

 There are a few key factors you need to think through when purchasing a poly water tank for a pool. You need to buy a tank that matches the size and shape of your designated area. You also need to factor in the height of the tank (or depth of the pool) to determine whether you will need to create some kind of steps into or out of the poly tank pool. Since most large poly tanks are considered custom items, you may have some ability to customize the size and dimensions to a small extent.

Another consideration is the chemical makeup of the plastic used to manufacture your tank. Some forms of plastic have a tendency to leak toxic chemicals into the water they hold over time, especially when exposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. To prevent exposure to these toxins, it is best to purchase poly water tanks that are made out of UV resistant plastic. One of the best places to find tanks like these is among water trough options for livestock. These tanks are made so that the water is not only safe for swimming in but also safe enough to drink (although this is not recommended for humans).

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Potential Problems With Poly Tank Pools

 Stock tank pools have been nicknamed “Hillbilly Hot Tubs” and have grown in popularity in the last few years. However, they have their own challenges too.

Algae is one of the smallest forms of plant life on earth. Wherever there are water and sunlight, you can expect to find algae. Permanent swimming pools must use chlorine in the water to battle the onset of algae within the pool. Poly tank pools need to do the same thing if they are used for many days in a row. Failure to do this will cause green growth along the edges of the tank and a green tint to the water itself. If the water in your tank is not transparent, there may be an algae problem that needs to be cleaned out.

The second problem of the water in tanks is that mosquitos are attracted to standing water. Leaving the water out overnight or during the daytime unattended will attract mosquitos. It is expensive and wasteful to empty and refill the water every day. However, the problem of mosquitos can easily be remedied by using a cover or tarp to keep over the unattended poly tank pool, or putting up mosquito nets around it.

There has been some concern about how hot the water can get when setting out in 90-100 degree temperatures outside. However, studies have shown that few pools grow hot enough to burn or scald anyone… even in the southern parts of the United States where the temperature can get up to 100 degrees.

Where can you store such a big water tank during the off season? If you have a garage or shed space large enough, or a barn if you live on a farm, these places can easily accommodate your pool. You need only drain it and put it away. Since poly tanks are weather resistant, you can also turn it upside down and keep it that way through the colder months of the year, or drain it and put a tarp covering on top of it. Perhaps it could double as an outdoor table or platform, so long as you do not put too much weight on it.

Poly water tanks are durable, easy to clean, rust-free, and inexpensive solutions to how to enjoy backyard pool parties in your neighborhood. What better way to bring your neighborhood together than to purchase several tanks, gather up the kids, and create a mini water park between you and your neighbors. You won’t need lots of money to be the talk of the town and the most popular location for summer staycation with your DIY poly tank pools for your backyard parties.

Poly Tank Repairs

Plastics are probably one of the greatest innovations of the twentieth century. Our houses are full of it. Our jobs depend upon it. It is likely that you are reading this on a device that is made of at least 75 percent plastic right now. Plastics are so prolific that they even have become a problem in and of themselves. Waste plastic litters our streets, our woodlands, and even the waters of our oceans. This occurs because, as durable as plastic can be, it still breaks down, bends, cracks, and becomes no longer useful in its present form for its current function.

Thankfully, there are several methods created to repair minimal damage in plastic (poly) tanks. Most of these involve an innovation called a poly tank weld. Some of these welds require a heat source to “patch” damaged areas in plastic tanks while others are able to be molded in with a chemical reaction between two materials. See below for Frequently Asked Questions about how to repair a poly water tank.

What is the best way to repair a crack in your poly tank?

Plastic or poly tank welds are one of the most common ways of repairing cracks in the world of poly tank repair. Metal welds usually involve extreme heat and special torches to fuse pieces together. Poly tank welds are not melted pieces of plastic used to join the two sides of cracks back together. Instead, they are hand-mixed epoxies that use a chemical reaction to fuse plastic together like a moldable glue. These two chemicals heat up upon contact and the more you knead them together, the hotter, and more pliable they become.

Some thermoplastics (such as polyethylene and polypropylene) require their own special thermoplastic welders. For these, you need heating elements that can reach between 500-600 degrees Fahrenheit.

How do you prepare a poly tank for poly tank repair?

The easiest way is to purchase a poly tank repair kit. If it does not include a cleaner for the plastic area, you will also need to buy either an acetone or a lacquer thinner. It is possible to use soap and water, but they are not ideal for cleaning plastic in preparation for poly tank repair. It is crucial that, when cleaning the damaged area, you DO NOT use any alcohol or other types of cleaner that leaves a petroleum-based residue behind after cleaning.

First, empty your tank entirely. If it contained something other than water, be sure to wash it out. Allow it time to dry completely. You may want to work on the crack area to smooth out any rough areas, but do not let the crack get too wide. Once the cracked plastic is dry and ready for repair, apply the acetone or lacquer cleaner to the damaged area. Give it several minutes to dry in a safe, clean space.

Is poly tank welding water resistant?

Yes. Poly tanks are often used for holding liquids such as water, fuel, oil, or other chemicals. Most poly tank weldings are resistant to being dissolved by any of the above liquids. There are specialty poly tank welds for poly tank repair on tanks that are submerged in water or gasoline.

Is poly tank welding resistant to heat?

Yes, although it depends on what kind of welding you use. Many poly tank welds, once dried and cured will withstand a consistent heat of up to 500 degrees and flashes of up to 600-degree heat. This is important to know if you keep your tank in a kitchen or shop where they might accidentally get too close to a heat source or catch fire in an accident.

Most of these poly tank welds take 4-6 hours to set and up to 24 hours to cure. There are quicker alternatives though that set in minutes and cure in just a few hours. These faster alternatives tend to have about two-thirds of the resistance of standard poly tank welds so they will be less resistant to heat, cold, force, etc.

Are poly tank welds resistant to cold?

Yes. Poly tank welds can withstand cold temperatures down to -67 degrees Fahrenheit. As mentioned above, if you choose to use a faster curing weld, it may not withstand quite as much extreme cold as a standard poly tank weld.

Can I use poly tank repair kits to work on my car?

You should NOT use a poly tank weld on an exhaust manifold or catalytic converter.

You should NOT use a poly tank weld to make repairs on a combustion chamber.

For areas that do not get above 450 degrees Fahrenheit, it is safe to use poly tank welds. If you are not sure whether the damaged piece of plastic you are hoping to repair stays below 450 degrees Fahrenheit, check with your local mechanic or plastic tank expert.

Are poly tank welds from poly tank repair kits toxic?

Unless labeled otherwise, they are not. However, you should not ingest poly tank welds.

Will poly tank welds conduct electricity?

No. Poly tank welds are insulators and will not conduct electricity.

Does poly tank welding work with all types of plastics?

Yes, but not all welds work with all types of plastics. Thermoplastics such as Polyethylene plastics and Polypropylene plastics each have their own particular kinds of welds and may require a heating element to work correctly. If your plastic is too thin, it may not be recommended that you attempt to repair it.

How do you finish up a poly tank repair?

Once you have waited the recommended time for the poly tank weld to set and cure, you can get several grades of sandpaper – starting at 60-grit and working your way through 360-grit sandpaper to help smooth out the area of the weld. If you are working with a thermoplastic (polyethylene or polypropylene), there is a trick to getting the shine back on the plastic. If you hold a small yellow open flame from a propane torch near the area, you may be able to return the glossy sheen to your tank. When the area is finally set, cured, dried, cooled, and ready for work, you may choose to paint the outside of the tank. Do not use paint on the inside of the tank, especially if you use the tank for holding drinking or irrigation water as it may cause the contents to become toxic. It is also not recommended for tanks holding fuel or any other chemicals because it may alter the chemical contents in ways that are dangerous or cause the contents to become unusable.

When should you replace rather than repair a poly water tank?

Poly Tank Repair

As you make a decision about whether to repair your tank or replace it, consider the following questions.

Is the type of plastic your tank is made of repairable by a poly tank weld? Some plastic tanks are made of special plastic that may not have welds of the same type. For instance, many tanks made for drinking water tanks are made with a special Ultraviolet Light resistant plastic to keep the water they hold from becoming toxic when exposed to many hours of sunlight. If your weld is not made of the same type of plastic, your water may become toxic because of the weld’s own exposure to sunlight over time.

How to repair a poly water tank:

  1. After preparing your plastic tank for repair (see above) by cleaning it thoroughly, you need to cut a piece of the weld out that is long and wide enough to cover the crack.
  2. Put the weld material into the crack and insert the “rod” or the second element of the weld.
  3. Once the weld-forming reaction begins, you will need to ensure that the tank does not move for several hours. Weaker, quick-setting welds require 4-6 hours to cure, and stronger standard welds take about 24 hours before they can be safely handled without damaging the tank again and potentially losing the weld.
  4. Sand the weld area with gradually finer degrees of sandpaper to smooth out the area.
  5. Paint over the OUTSIDE of the tank only with a quality plastic-adhering paint to make it look brand new.

If you have any questions regarding poly tank repair, do not hesitate to ask your local poly tank experts for help. If you are unable to repair your tank and are looking to replace it, don’t forget to recycle your old tank.

Poly Tank Size

In the industry of storage, there is no place for the phrase “one size fits all.” The object is to produce customized products that fit every conceivable size and function for as broad a customer base as possible. That is the ideal anyway.

Fortunately, real estate developers often make this task easier for both poly tank manufacturers and their patrons. As you go driving through town, you may notice houses of approximately the same size nested together in one neighborhood. A little further down you may see a series of apartment complexes. You may have a gated community with bigger, more expensive houses that are all a bit larger than other places in town. Later you may pass by an industrial park with warehouses or a shopping center with stores and offices.

These locations all share similar sizes and functions, allowing poly tank manufacturers to mass produce commonly purchased poly tank sizes and also to recommend specific poly tank sizes to match typical customer needs. Often poly tank size and function go hand-in-hand. That means if you know what kind of purpose you have for your poly tank, and you know what kind of area you have to keep it, you can quickly come up with the size of tank you require.

Poly Tank Size

Large Tanks and Their Functions

Large tanks perform large functions. Or, perhaps a better way to think about them is that they perform everyday functions – things we cannot live well without.

Septic

One of the most common types of large poly tanks is septic tanks. They come in a variety of sizes for both urban and rural usage. Their purpose is to store wastewater and often expel it out into a draining field where the water is then filtered and completely cleaned before returning to the groundwater system. There are different types of septic tanks that either drain by gravity or by electronic pumps positioned within them. Most poly septic tanks must be kept partially above ground, but some metal septic tanks can be buried entirely if local regulations allow their use. All of these factors may influence the shape of a poly septic tank.

Poly tank size for septic tanks is much easier to determine. Since septic tanks have to do with water regulation in a household, you need only find out how much water your household (or place of business) uses on a daily basis. You can find this out by looking at your water bill or monitoring your intake water pumps. Whatever water enters into the system is going to go back out eventually. Then you take the standard sizes for septic tanks. A 1 to 2 bedroom house requires a 750-gallon poly septic tank. Each additional bedroom adds about 250 gallons to the tank size up to six bedrooms. If you happen to use a large amount of water that will run through the septic system, you may need to consider larger poly tank sizes there as well.

Drinking and Other Water Storage

Another frequent use for poly tanks is storing water. Some store large amounts of drinking water and use measurements and tablets to keep the water purified for drinking. If you choose to use poly tanks for drinking water, it is crucial that you buy poly tanks made from UV resistant plastic, so your drinking water does not get contaminated. Most drinking water tanks are smaller in size, but if you have a business that requires stored drinking water, take into consideration that most people need to drink about half a gallon of water each day for drinking and also for cooking purposes. Consider how often you can refill the tank. If you can only fill it once per month, you will need a tank that holds approximately 16 gallons per person.

Most people do not store drinking water in large-scale tanks, but more and more are beginning to save water for household cleaning utilities. Some of these reasons are environmental, and some are economical. Regardless of their reason, these kinds of tanks need to be bigger than drinking water tanks.

Most people use 1 gallon of water each day – half for drinking and half for cleaning. That is an easy formula to use when determining your poly tank sizes for general water storage. If you are able to refill monthly, then you need a tank that can hold about 30 gallons per person in your household. With cleaning and sanitary water, however, it is doubly important to err on the side of caution. What will you do if you host Thanksgiving dinner for your family and suddenly the water tank goes dry, and you can no longer wash dishes or use the restroom? It is always better to double the amount of water per person to account for hosting any guests in the future. This means you need at least 60 gallons per person per month.

Irrigation

The third form of large water storage tank that you may need help determining poly tank sizes for is in irrigation tanks. Whether you have indoor or outdoor gardening, this is water that is often treated with plant nutrients to help them grow faster and better. The size of this tank will be determined by the size of your garden. How much water do your plants need? You can multiply their weekly need by 52 and divide that number by 12 to determine an accurate monthly water need. Again, this assumes that you are able to refill the tank entirely each month. If you cannot, you will need a tank that can hold two months of water in it.

Small Tanks

Poly tanks have some competition with metal and even concrete when it comes to large tank sizes, but you cannot compete with the lightweight, sturdy, and durable nature of plastic when it comes to small poly tank sizes. You cannot beat them for their low price and convenience. Because of this, there are two prevalent uses for small tanks: Gasoline and emergency drinking water storage.

Gasoline

Gasoline is categorized as a hazardous material and therefore can only be legally contained in small containers without special permits. Five gallons is usually the maximum you can keep per in any one building. The reason for the quantity limit on gasoline is that if it catches on fire, there will be less explosion in one home if gasoline is kept to a functional minimum as a safety precaution.

Emergency Drinking Water Storage

While some people used poly tanks to store regular drinking water, most people save drinking water just for emergencies. One of the popular ways to keep these has been in stackable “brick” water tanks. These are small poly tank sizes that only hold a gallon or two in them. The flat, rectangular sides and stackability are why they have been often referred to as water bricks.

As mentioned earlier, if you hope to use poly tanks of any size for drinking water storage, you must be sure to have them made with UV-resistant polymers, so the water does not get contaminated over time. It also helps to keep them out of direct sunlight.

Medium-Sized Needs

What do you do if your storage need is not something that requires 1000 gallons of water, but needs more than 5 gallons as well?

First, determine your storage capacity required by how much you need to have available multiplied by the amount of time you need it to cover before refilling. Then measure the amount of space you have available. You may discover that you have a greater need than area available. If that is the case, you will have to readjust your plans. Perhaps you will need to find ways to refill your tank more frequently. Maybe you will need to look at the option of purchasing multiple tanks and swapping them in and out of a specific location.

When considering space for poly tank operations, consider the shape of the tank as well. Rectangular-shaped tanks take up less space than rounded ones according to size. They also may be stackable, depending upon their weight and contents. However, round poly tanks can be rolled and perhaps transported easier when filled, and rectangular tanks often need a support structure to help prevent the sides from bowing. It is also crucial to consider just how much they will weigh when they are filled. Will the floor or wall space they inhabit support them? Will they need to be transported when full?

As you can see, there are many factors involved with determining your poly tank sizes and the decisions you have when purchasing them. Consider the function of your tank. Take into account how much it will be used. Remember to factor in how often it will be refilled (or emptied). Find out if there are any local laws or policies regarding the use of your poly tank on your property. Measure just how much space you have available for your tank. Finally, be sure to plan ahead and get a tank a bit larger than you currently need. Think about the future and your plans for growth. Lastly, keep in mind that if your space is oddly shaped or changes, multiple smaller tanks are always an option.

DIY Plastic Tank Repair

Good doctors and plumbers always seem impossible to get ahold of when you need them the most. From the outside perspective, they seem to be able to work whenever they want and rake in lots of our own hard-earned money. I am sure that both doctors and plumbers know better. However, it stands to reason that repairs on your plastic tanks could be much less expensive and much more efficient if you were able to do those repairs yourself.

With the following guidelines, you should be able to assess the possibility of repair for your plastic tank. You may be able to infer your own abilities to make the necessary repairs. You will also have a succinct list of equipment and items required to repair your cracked tank, as well as a step-by-step set of detailed instructions that will enable you to perform a plastic weld over the crack in your plastic tank.

What type of tanks can you repair yourself?

Plastic tanks have the benefit of outlasting many other types of tanks and also being much easier to repair. Depending on their function and what they hold, you may need to call a plumber or other expert after all. Plastic tanks can play an essential role in the daily life of your household or business, and it is essential that you know your abilities and limitations before attempting to repair them yourself. When in doubt, seek out a professional plumber or plastic tanks specialist for help.

First of all, it is a misunderstanding held by many people, that you can fix a plastic tank simply by welding the seams of a crack back together again. Welding any crack back together, on virtually any material, creates a weak place that will bear the brunt of any tension the tank receives. It is at best a temporary fix and may end up causing greater harm the next time it ruptures.

Secondly, you need to completely empty your plastic tank before you can attempt to fix it safely. If you are dealing with a small water-collection tank, this is not a challenge. However, large fuel tanks and septic tanks may require you to get professional assistance. In some areas, you may not be legally allowed to fix your plastic tank yourself – especially if it is a large one filled with hazardous materials. Be sure to check your local regulations before digging up a project and getting into legal messes as well as plumbing ones.

That is not encouragement to sit back and do nothing about a crack or leak in your plastic tank, though. Once a crack develops, it will quickly grow to a point where it is no longer repairable. Early intervention is key, whether you are doing the repairs yourself, or calling in a professional plumber or plastic tank expert. It is also important to note the location of the crack. If the crack is near one of the pipes and seals of the tank, you may need to get new fixtures, and you will have to reseal those pipes.

Signs of Plastic Tank Damage

There are no “common” types of cracks, but cracks on the top or sides can be dealt with if you find them in time. For water tanks, the tell-tale signs will be a loss of water pressure, loss of water level in the tank itself without use, or, if housed indoors, you will be able to see the collection of water around and on the outside of the tank. Septic and fuel tank cracks and leaks will often be accompanied by a smell, and sometimes mushy ground around the outside of the tank if it is buried. Anytime you notice an unusual (and usually unpleasant) odor from a fuel or septic tank, you should investigate it immediately.

If your tank forms a crack at the bottom of the tank, this is due to inability to withstand the pressure. Unfortunately, there is no fix for this kind of rupture and your tank will need to be drained and replaced. In these worse-case-scenarios, it is helpful to know that some plastic tank suppliers offer the option of renting tanks while you are in the process of replacing or repairing yours.

Plastic Drinking Water Tanks

One final note before you begin your DIY plastic tank repair: Be careful about trying to fix drinking water tanks yourself. Plastic drinking water tanks need to be made from special plastics that are U/V resistant and do not have the same kind of decay as other plastics. Many types of plastic leach chemicals into their contents over time (which is why plastic water bottles have expiration dates on them). If the plastic patch and plastic tank repair epoxy you use on your drinking water tank do not have the same properties, it may end up leaching chemicals itself, even if the majority of the tank does not. These chemicals are toxic and will end up making your drinking water toxic as well. This would also apply to reservoirs used for indoor gardens.

Plastic Tank Repair Kits

Once you have determined that you can make the repairs yourself, it is time to put together your plastic tank repair kit. In this kit you will need:

  1. Plastic welding gun
  2. Polyethylene welding rod (plastic tank repair epoxy)
  3. Utility knife
  4. Rag
  5. Drill
  6. 1/8th-inch drill bit
  7. Rotary tool
  8. Abrasive rotary tool tip

Making Repairs With Your Plastic Tank Repair Kit

To begin your repairs, you must be sure that both the inside and outside of the tank are clean. This means that any hazardous materials (septic or fuel in particular) need to be professionally removed. Once the inside is empty, you need to clean up the outside area as well as you can with your rag or another cleaning tool. Make sure the area around the crack is free from any dirt or extraneous material.

Next, you need to drill two small holes, one at the top and one at the bottom of the crack. These holes will relieve some of the structural pressure and prevent the crack from growing any larger. Then take your rotary tool from your plastic tank repair kit and sand a groove with your abrasive rotary tool tip ½ inch parallel to the crack, above and beside it. The groove will allow your polyethylene welding rod a place to fit in and seal the crack.

When applying the plastic tank repair epoxy, be certain to follow the directions that accompany it. Many of them are only made to cover small cracks. They also typically have a prescribed temperature for the tank to be at when they are applied. If you are attempting to repair a plastic fuel tank or plastic septic tank, check to ensure that your epoxy is suited for holding such contents.

When you have met all the prescribed requirements of your plastic tank repair epoxy, take your polyethylene welding rod and cut it to a point, like a pencil, with your utility knife. Insert the welding rod into your plastic welding gun. Touch the plastic tank repair epoxy to the top of the crack. Apply pressure per the instructions that came with your plastic welding gun, and pull the gun down or across to the other end of the plastic tank crack. Make sure you allow the plastic tank repair epoxy to dry for at least 1 hour before you move ahead.

Final Touches

The plastic tank repair epoxy will usually dry an off-white color. Once it is completely dry, you may sand it down gently to remove the rough outer edges and paint it over with an appropriate plastic paint that matches the color of the rest of the tank. This may essentially make the damaged area of the tank invisible and perfectly functional again. Be careful to remember that, even if it appears good as new, your tank is no longer structurally the same as when you first bought it, and this may only be a temporary solution.

If the crack you are attempting to repair is over 12 inches long, you should plan to replace the tank very soon. If the crack occurred because of pressure or heat problems (such as if the crack is on the bottom of the tank) you should plan to replace the unit. Any plastic welding you do will be a temporary fix at best, but it will hopefully give you time to save up enough money to have a new tank designed, created, and installed on your property. Don’t forget, you may be able to acquire a rental tank while repairing or waiting for a replacement tank to be made.

With these guidelines, you can accurately assess the possibility of repair for your plastic tank. The information above gives you enough guidance to infer your own abilities to make the necessary repairs. Also, you now have a succinct list of equipment and items required to repair your cracked tank. By following the step-by-step set of detailed instructions, you can perform the plastic weld you need over the crack in your plastic tank.

DIIY Plastic Tank Repair

3 Small Scale Tanks That Can Improve Productivity in Your Restaurant-Gototanks

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to tanks. Sometimes a well designed, smaller tank in your restaurant can improve productivity and keep your diners happy. We’ll look at a few different options you might consider for your kitchen.

45-Gallon Vertical Plastic Storage Tank

These freestanding vertical plastic tanks, are ideal for multiple indoor liquid storage applications, including storing water. Tanks are available in a range of colors, from the standard white to green, gray, black and blue. While it is not possible for water to expire, it can become contaminated (chemically or biologically), and when you are in the restaurant business, you obviously want to make sure that your water is safe for consumption. The UV-resistant, food-grade plastic material that this tank is made from is available in the color blue, which is ideal because it limits light exposure and biological growth, be it bacteria or algae. If you minimize the chances of even one customer getting sick from consuming water that you provide, that is one more customer you keep. More customers mean more revenue.

35-Gallon Stackable Tote

Stackable Totes are freestanding plastic storage tanks that can meet your potable drinking water containment needs. This tank provides the capacity to efficiently store water in your restaurant and can be easily double stacked, and is ideal in the case of an emergency situation. With stackable totes you can have more than one barrel of water on hand, which is great in the temporary loss of access to a main water source (typically, a public water system). This means you’re set to keep your business running during a disruptive situation. Stackable totes are also great space-saving containers, which can improve the quality of work provided by your employees. How, you wonder? By creating a much smaller footprint, opening up your kitchen space to more equipment that could improve the quality of service you provide. Smart storage with stackable totes means increase functionality, which equals increased productivity.

15-Gallon Horizontal Leg Tank with Sump

Despite its hauling and outdoor uses, horizontal leg tanks can also provide storage for your fresh  drinking water in your restaurant. Water cost can be significant for restaurants and this tank minimizes waste by allowing for full drainage of the water contained within. Getting the very last drop of water is simple with a sump bottom horizontal leg tank.

Go To Tanks is ready to help fulfill your kitchen water storage needs with these high quality, reliable tanks.

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Plastic or Cement Septic

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give your septic tank much thought from day to day – that is, until something goes wrong. Once something goes wrong, chances are you’ll think about nothing else until you get the problem fixed.

Buying a new tank can be a daunting task. Septic tanks come in two options: concrete or plastic.  At first glance, it might seem like there’s no real difference between the two. However, if you read on, you’ll see not only the pros and cons of each type, but also why plastic tanks are really the better option for your home. (more…)

Purchasing plastic storage tanksMuch like deciding on a place to have dinner or picking a karaoke song, choosing a plastic water storage tank is no easy-task. There’s just so much to consider. You have a countless range of dimensions, gallons, specific gravity (tank rating), colors, as well as others factors to consider. With some of these behemoths come in 500-20,000 gallon sizes, you don’t want to end up with the wrong tank and having to use it or return it.

It’s important to fully understand the basics of what you should look for in a storage tank for your application. (more…)