Problem: Deterioration of secondary containment areas causes an increased risk for environmental contamination
Secondary containment areas surround primary hazardous material containers in order to protect groundwater and the local environment by holding back chemical spills. These areas are subject to abusive operating conditions and can deteriorate as a result of chemical exposure, settlement cracking, freeze/thaw cycles, and impact damage. Such disrepair will jeopardize protection and increase the risk of environmental contamination in the event of an accident.
Owners should fully evaluate the extent of damage to the underlying substrate from wear, chemical exposure or cracking. Ordinary concrete repairs may or may not be possible. Extreme cases may require full replacement of the concrete. Owners should consult with a coatings expert to determine the type of coating appropriate to the chemicals stored within the containment to ensure it can withstand spills and splashes.
Federal, state and local authorities regulate secondary containment areas. Failure to properly maintain containment areas can lead to penalty fines. Furthermore, hazardous material leaks into the environment can add hefty cleanup and legal expenses.
Solution: Safeguard the environment, protect your bottom line – rebuild or replace damaged concrete and protect it with an appropriate coating
Owners should evaluate, repair or replace the underlying substrate based on the extent of damage. You should ensure that the substrate can handle a coating appropriate to the chemical threat.
Polymeric epoxies offer proven longevity for secondary containment repair and protective coating purposes. Materials are chemically engineered and tested to ensure high-performance within harsh industrial environments. These materials can be matched for a resistance level that is appropriate for the chemical in storage.
Our repair mortars and protective coatings are safe, solvent-free, cold-applied, fast curing and strong bonding. We apply them quickly and with minimal downtime. The end result is long-term, tough protection and peace of mind knowing that your containment areas mitigate potential legal and environmental risks.
Containment Area Repair Materials
We typically use polymeric repair mortars to patch and rebuild damaged containment walls, floors, bases and sumps. These materials provide exceptional compressive strength, good impact resistance and durable adhesion to concrete. We can provide specialized formulations to withstand extreme chemical attack and high heat. We can also scale the solution to meet the owner's requirements.
Chemical Resistant Containment Coatings
Banks Industrial applies protective barrier coatings to seamlessly encapsulate and protect existing and newly constructed containment areas. A variety of high-performance formulations are available to tolerate chemical attack ranging from mild and dilute to caustics and acids – even at high temperatures and concentrations. Strong bonding characteristics prevent delamination and allow for application over existing coatings.
We carefully match the choice of containment coating with exact operating conditions to achieve the optimal, long-term protection. The right coating will safeguard your containment structure and significantly reduce maintenance costs by eliminating the need for frequent repair work. Banks Industrial Group provides expert consultation and site evaluation in order to match the best materials to your operating environment.
Fix it yourself with our guidance, or have us fix it for you.
How Can We Help You?
BIG provides single-source service for containment coating and concrete rehab. Please contact us today for more information or to schedule service. Our lunch and learn program also provides one-on-one education on how to solve your maintenance needs.