Effective Secondary Containment System Upgrade for Automotive Engine Manufacturer

Effective Secondary Containment System Upgrade for Automotive Engine Manufacturer

The Problem

An automotive engine manufacturer faced imminent fines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) due to the inadequate condition of their secondary containment system, it was in need of a system upgrade. A critical issue was identified: in the event of a tank leak, the containment area’s flow direction was incorrect, potentially leading to environmental contamination and safety hazards.

The Substrate

The primary material in need of repair and modification was concrete, commonly used in containment areas for its durability. However, over time, wear and the need for design modifications can render such structures non-compliant with environmental regulations.

The Solution

repaired containment area

Unconventional Solutions undertook a comprehensive repair and redesign project for this secondary containment system upgrade:

  • Crack Repair and Berm Addition: The team first addressed the numerous cracks in the concrete, repairing them to restore structural integrity. Additionally, to correct the flow direction issue, berms were constructed using Resichem 576 Quartz Screed. This product was chosen for its strength and compatibility with the existing concrete.
  • Sealing and Protection: After the concrete repairs and berm construction, the area was sealed with Resichem 571 Concrete Repair LW and then primed with Resichem 503 SPEP to ensure a watertight and durable surface.
  • Final Marking: For clear demarcation and safety, USI Fast Striping Line Marker was applied. This final step not only enhanced the visual aspect of the containment area but also contributed to its overall functionality and compliance.

The project successfully rectified the containment area’s deficiencies, bringing it into compliance with EPA standards and averting potential fines. The newly added berms effectively redirected the flow within the containment area, mitigating the risk of environmental contamination. The client was satisfied with the result, which not only resolved their immediate regulatory concerns but also improved the overall safety and functionality of the containment system.

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For expert solutions in upgrading and repairing secondary containment systems to meet regulatory standards, turn to Unconventional Solutions. Our team ensures your facilities are safe, compliant, and efficient. Contact us for your containment system needs.

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