Steel Tank Construction

When it comes to steel tank construction, T BAILEY, INC. is outstanding in their field. For three decades we have expertly supplied only the highest quality steel storage tanks. From the first proposal to the final delivery, T BAILEY, INC. provides comprehensive service. 

Serving the oil industry, water industry, agricultural industry, and beyond, we guarantee all steel tanks meet the code requirements specified for each sector. For example, all oil storage tank construction strictly adheres to the codes set out by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and steel water storage tanks are built in accordance with American Water Works Association Code (AWWA). Safety and quality are always at the center of every project. 

Design and Construction

All basic steel tank sizes and shapes, either vertical or horizontal, are manufactured to the highest standards. Our team members are all experienced with both carbon steel and stainless steel. 

Some of the products for which we have constructed tanks are:

  • Water
  • Fuel
  • Chemicals 
  • Animal products

Storage Tank Construction Method

Tank manufacturing begins with surface preparation. If pre-primed steel is being used, it does not require cleaning and can be used directly. The surface of the steel must be cleaned and blasted in order for the protective priming paint layers to adhere to the metal.

Next, the sheets of steel will be prepared for construction according to approved drawings. The tank materials are then erected onsite and welded together. When it comes to welding, T BAILEY, INC. is exceptional. We have teams of experienced boilermakers with decades of combined experience in tank construction. We utilize not only the many manual and semiautomatic welding processes but also mechanized equipment like single and double-head girth seam welders and a unique vertical seam welding machine, developed internally, to cut costs and increase quality. You can read more about this innovative method here.

If you have a large project, you can rely on T BAILEY, INC. for on-site construction of your field-erected steel tank or industrial coating needs. Since our shop has a state-of-the-art industrial coating facility, we guarantee a more specific timeline for completing your storage tank project.

If you need a unique design, a huge range of customizable options are available. Since the team at T BAILEY, INC. are experts, we can supply suggestions for efficient designs. In addition, we can create preliminary designs, especially useful for municipalities. This not only saves you time, but also reduces cost in the long run. 

Benefits of Welded Steel Storage Tanks

Most of our projects are welded steel storage tanks rather than bolted tanks. Welded steel storage tanks have several advantages over bolted steel storage tanks.

Some advantages include:

  • Reliability. With improved standards over the past few decades, a welded steel storage tank can last many more years. The longevity and durability mean a welded steel storage tank is resistant to corrosion, leaking, and the elements.
  • Lower cost. Thanks to their reliability, the total cost of owning a welded steel storage tank is lower. With yearly maintenance, repairs (if any!) are usually simple.
  • Versatility. The visual design possibilities are endless. If you need a specific shape or size to reflect your company, community, or organization, T BAILEY, INC. can provide for your unique needs.

Shipping Services

If your steel storage tank is shorter than 20 feet and less than 20 feet wide, your order will be carefully manufactured at our fabrication shop. If the size allows, it is possible to load them onto trucks and deliver them to your project location. Should it be too large, we have the option to construct on-site as well. Either way, our team ensures your order will be completed on-time and to specification. 

If your project is taller and wider than 20 feet, it will be field erected.on-site. We have experience building tanks as tall as 160 feet and as wide as 250 feet. Modern equipment一 such as buggies and vertomatic welding machines一 expands what is possible to construct, such as taller tanks. Just as importantly, this equipment makes tank construction much safer and simpler.

Inspection and Repair

Consistent general maintenance of steel tanks is of the utmost importance. Completing annual inspections of your storage tanks will mean catching any potential problems early and thereby minimizing the overall cost. More information can be found here.

T BAILEY, INC. regularly performs storage tank repairs. Yearly inspections reveal that older tanks often corrode or leak. Standards are much stricter today than twenty years ago. Tanks manufactured before are much more susceptible to damage. 

For instance, the space between the top of the water and the roof in steel water storage tanks or the bottom of the tanks are likely to require repairs or seal welding as they are vulnerable to condensation and electrolysis.

Modern equipment and standards aim to protect your steel storage tanks for many decades to come. Stainless steel storage tanks are an excellent option, as they are highly resistant to corrosion, fire, UV light, and extreme temperatures. 

In addition to stainless, steel or carbon steel are great options. Paint coatings have been greatly improved in recent years and can now be expected to last up to fifty years. 

More Information

As a top industry leader, T BAILEY, INC. can engineer and construct any storage tank to your specifications. Through innovation, dedication, and conscientiousness we have expanded our shop to offer full service from your project’s inception through its completion. 

If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Contact T BAILEY, INC. today to get started.

What can we do for you?

Through experience, innovation, and planning, T BAILEY, INC. delivers each project on budget, with unmatchable quality, and precise timing. Contact us and see how we can help you complete your project.



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