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Well-maintained tanks keep your business running smoothly and prevent lulls in production that could cost you. A properly-certified repair company will help you avoid a dangerous or expensive mistake.
Nothing lasts forever – at least, without proper maintenance and occasional repair.
It’s no secret that well-maintained tanks keep your business running smoothly and prevent lulls in production that can cost you dearly.
The discussion of the requirements and procedures that are necessary to repair or alter your existing ASME Code tank started in What You Need to Know When Repairing and/or Altering Your ASME Code Tank: Part 1.
Let’s take a look at two of the most common myths surrounding repairing and altering ASME Code tanks.
“I need to make a repair to my code tank that doesn’t involve any welding on the tank’s shell and/or head. Therefore, I don’t need a certified company for the repair.”
That may not be the case.
The National Board Code states that “When the standard governing the original construction is the ASME Code or ASME RTP-1, repairs and alterations to pressure-retaining items shall conform, insofar as possible, to the section and edition of the ASME Code most applicable to the work planned.”
The keywords here are “pressure retaining item.”
If the part of the tank that is being repaired or altered contains pressure within the tank, then it’s considered a pressure retaining item.
Here are some examples of repairs or alterations that would fall under these requirements.
“The state, county, or city the tank is installed in doesn’t require repairs or alterations to be made by a certified company.”
Yes, there are a few states within the United States in which this is the case (here’s a link to state requirements), but how about your local jurisdiction or the insurance company that covers the tank in question?
Is there a possibility you may move the tank to a new location in a different state?
Most likely, that state will require any repairs or alterations be made by a certified company.
This includes any prior repairs or alterations. If you can’t prove this, the state will most likely reject the use of the tank within their jurisdiction.
Don’t risk the issues that could result from not using a properly certified repair company.
Stalled production can cost you a significant amount of time and profits.
If you’re unsure if your repair or alteration is required to be performed by a certified company, you may need some help.
Contact us! We are certified by the National Board to repair and/or alter ASME Code tanks made of steel.
We can do the work at your location or at our facility.
Are you regularly having your ASME Code tanks serviced by a certified repair company?
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 7/17/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.