How to Choose a Water Tank Demolition Crew

Whether your water tank and tower have outlived their purpose, a replacement model is needed, or new construction is set to take over the area, you will need a professional water tank demolition crew to help you get the job done safely. How much will the project cost, what goes into a water tank demo…

how to choose a water tank demolition crew

Whether your water tank and tower have outlived their purpose, a replacement model is needed, or new construction is set to take over the area, you will need a professional water tank demolition crew to help you get the job done safely.

How much will the project cost, what goes into a water tank demo process, and how can you go about choosing the best contractor for your situation? We answer all your questions below.

Different Types of Water Tanks

There are several different water tank construction types, each with their own unique demolition needs. Here, we’ll cover a few of the most common water storage tank types and how their construction impacts demolition.

Bolted steel tanks are a popular storage choice for many different types of liquid in many different industries and applications. One such purpose is the storage of drinking water. Demolishing these types of water tanks will always require an experienced professional as it can be an extremely unsafe undertaking.

Fiberglass tanks are chosen by many for their corrosion resistance, low maintenance, and other reasons. They are often used to safely conserve water for:

  • Private residences and housing complexes
  • Hospitals, hotels, and offices
  • Special industrial or irrigation projects where large quantities of water are needed regularly.

Due to the large sizes of these tanks, a professional team is often called to help expedite the process.

Corrugated bolted steel tanks are long lasting and usually offer lower costs due to their construction. Made of carbon steel panels bolted together, these tanks can weigh thousands of pounds, often necessitating a water tank demolition expert to handle the project safely and effectively. 

Glass fused steel tanks are quickly becoming one of the more popular water tank options. The impermeable barrier that is created never needs to be painted and is ideal for storing a wide assortment of liquids, drinking water especially.

Additional Difficulties in Water Tank Demo

Unlike buildings or houses, most water tanks and towers are constructed entirely out of steel or fiberglass, making them challenging to demolish for the average crew. What’s more, these tanks and towers often come with incredibly strong support systems. Designed to stand up to the tests of both weather and time, it often takes high power equipment to complete these types of projects.

In many instances, protecting the area around the water tank is just as important as the demolition itself. The majority of water tanks are often close to residential areas or important industrial structures/processes. While preserving the surrounding area, demolishing these difficult structures requires a team of dedicated experts and a solid plan.

The Demolition Process

While the process can differ based on the type of tank and project scope, the water tank demolition process often looks something like this:

  1. The entire tank structure, including any legs, concrete footings, and foundation (if necessary, are removed)
  2. Our crew will size the tank into manageable pieces with specialized cutting torches. Each piece will be picked by crane or excavator and brought to ground level if needed.
  3. Any debris caused by the demo process will be further reduced in size, processed, and then recycled by a licensed steel recovery facility.

Alpine Demolition – The Best Choice For Your Water Tank Demolition Project

When choosing a demolition crew, you want to be sure you decide on a qualified, safety oriented crew who can meet your budgetary and scheduling needs. Alpine delivers on both.

Our expert crew has a wide range of experience in dismantling water tanks, towers, and other similar structures with safety and efficiency. Whether your tank is in an open field or the middle of an active plant, we can help you get the job done while disturbing your other operations as little as possible.

Learn more about our projects, or contact us today to get started on your next big water tank demo mission.

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