Temporary leak repairs are a necessary part of running a facility. Leaks will form, and solutions are implemented to manage the leaks until a proper repair can take be performed.
However, many clients resort to questionable leak repair methods in the form of screws with washers, rivets, or even golf tees, hoping to get their tanks to last until their next turnaround.
It’s understandable because they don’t want an unscheduled shut down, but the time and money invested into these temporary stops adds up quickly.
Fortunately, there is a way to avoid the unscheduled shutdown AND the need to reapply temporary leak stops over and over, adding up to significant cost savings, and I’m going to share with you how.
Whatever Works As A Plug
Nobody wants an unscheduled shutdown to repair a tank. It’s costly and time consuming.
Often, when a tank springs a leak, facilities will use some sort of temporary leak stop to handle the problem, having to reapply it since they generally don’t last long.
Polymers are common here, but you’ve also got screws with washers on them, rivets, or even wooden plugs or golf tees.
The idea is to keep the leak at a manageable level until it can be properly repaired with welding during the next shutdown.
While this solution can certainly keep your tank going, you’re constantly reapplying these temporary fixes.
With tanks contracting and expanding throughout the course of a day, plus the impact the heat and environment can have on your temporary leak stops, these solutions don’t last.
As far as a facility is concerned, reapplying temporary leak stops is going to be better than an unscheduled shut down. These costs do add up, however.
But, there is a way to not only avoid the use of these temporary leak stops, but take the tank off your task list altogether so that you can focus on other priorities during your next turnaround.
Overcoming Temporary Leak Stops
There have been a number of situations where clients will call us after several months of tacking on leak stop after leak stop has failed.
In this case, we will go in to investigate the issue, but clients aren’t typically comfortable with removing their temporary stops to allow us to do a Forge Bonded job.
This means we have to install a larger enclosure over the mountain of stops present, costing the client more money.
Plus, they’ve already invested a good chunk of money and time trying to make the temporary stops work.
Ultimately, they had a leak they couldn’t get a handle on, and gave us a try once all the other options were exhausted.
So we go in and perform the repair in a matter of days with only 2 or 3 technicians, and the issue is solved at a tiny fraction of the cost of shutting down.
And not only is the issue solved, but they don’t have to take the time during their next turnaround to repair the tank.
The repairs are permanent.
In the case of these clients that didn’t call us in the first place, they invested a good chunk of time and money into these temporary leak stops.
They have to send people in over and over again, potentially putting them in at-risk situations each time.
With Forge Bonding, if you call us first, all of these problems are eliminated.
We come in and apply our own temporary leak stops in the form of polymers, just to give us time to perform our work.
Then when the leak is sealed with a Forge Bonded repair, that fix is permanent and the job is done.
No extra money spent on temporary stops. No having to repair the tank during the next turnaround. Greatly reduced safety risk with the minimal crew required and the absence of hot work.
Next time you get a leak on your tank, give us a call first. You’ll save a lot of money and have a permanent solution that you can take off your task list.