Benefits of Cleaning Industrial Underground Concrete Water Tanks Using an ROV

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Underground concrete water tanks are some of the most long-lasting models in the industrial sector. Notably, underground tanks are mainly used for water storage purposes; hence, they are popular with industrial plants that use a lot of water, such as textile plants. While some industrial concrete water tanks can last a decade or so, others can serve an industrial plant for up to a century. The difference between the two timelines is proper maintenance. Some of the most forward-thinking industrial plants use a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to maintain their water tanks adequately. This article highlights the key benefits of using an ROV to maintain industrial water tanks.

Avoid Draining Water 

An industrial underground concrete water tank can hold millions of litres of water at any given time. Indeed, it is by no means a small amount of water; hence, it becomes a nightmare when it is time to conduct regular maintenance checks. For instance, when inspectors want to assess the walls and floor of an underground concrete tank, they must first drain all the water. It makes it easy to inspect a tank's concrete surface for signs of wear and deterioration. Unfortunately, draining millions of litres of water is no mean feat and might take days. Using an ROV to clean and monitor underground concrete tanks eliminates the need to drain the water before conducting inspections.

Avoid Downtime 

Most industrial concrete water tanks are humongous, and manually cleaning them might mean decommissioning them for days, and in some cases, weeks. Unfortunately, such downtime significantly affects productivity unless you hire an army of cleaners. However, it can be a problem if you have to clean several underground concrete water tanks. An ROV eliminates extensive downtimes because you can deploy a couple in each concrete tank without interrupting operations. The best part is that an ROV can scan an entire tank and use artificial intelligence to determine the quickest cleaning pattern. Consequently, it takes the shortest time possible to clean an entire tank.

Accurate Measurements 

Underground concrete tanks can be dark, making it difficult for cleaners to see well without the help of lights and cameras. Accurately measuring cracks and holes can be challenging, and inspectors must use a scale after receiving pictures and videos. A remotely operated underwater vehicle is equipped with a laser accessory that accurately maps and measures cracks or holes from even the darkest depths of an underground water tank. Inspectors can see the footage in real-time, allowing them to make a proper analysis for follow-up repair plans.

Contact a local supplier of water tanks to learn more about ROVs.


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