Purpose of Hydrostatic Testing
At Geneva, we test tanks of all sizes from coast-to-coast.
The primary purpose of hydrostatic testing is to confirm the overall integrity and strength of the tank and to provide assurance that the tank is not in any way compromised. Doing a test with water and receiving a positive test result helps maintain safety standards prior to filling with a more volatile liquid, such as oil.
All tests are completed using OSHA’s general industry approved safety procedures and protocols.
What we look for in the test
Water is used to fill the tank in a precise and measured way over a 36-hour period. The fill process involves several steps, each measured by a customer approved surveyor. This procedure identifies any cracks or leakage. Upon completion of the test, the tank is either given the green light or, if there is evidence of leakage, the proper protocol for repair and re-testing is provided to the customer.
The strength of the tank is measured by observance of any weakness in the tank upon a full water fill. Any weakness is outlined in a report to the customer along with proper repair procedures.
A tank is only as good as its foundation. Once a tank is pressurized and full of water, the entire foundation is examined to ensure its integrity. All observations are recorded to then use as a diagnostic control measure.