Automatic girth welding machines can be overlooked when it comes to completing some basic welding tasks. A girth welder is designed to complete welds on both vertical and horizontal work planes. This feature gives the girth welder an advantage over welding machines that can only create a solid weld seam on horizontal work planes.
One application where an automatic girth welder can be beneficial is in the repair of an industrial septic tank.
Replacing an industrial septic tank can be costly, so a tank that has only minor damage should be repaired using girth welds to extend the life of the tank well into the future.
Successfully Patch Leaks
Leaks are among the most common reasons why an industrial septic tank might need to be repaired. Since most industrial septic tanks are constructed of metal alloys, only a metal alloy patch will be able to eliminate the leak while maintaining the overall structural stability of the tank itself.
A girth welder is the perfect tool for the job. Girth welders can be used to easily apply a thick sheet of steel to large structures of all dimensions. Once you have identified a leak in your industrial septic tank, a welding professional can place a thick sheet of steel over the leak.
An automatic girth welder will slowly rise up the side of your septic tank, welding the edges of the steel patch in place. Since this process is completed automatically, there is no additional labor needed to complete the repair.
Automatic girth welders can be a great resource when you need to patch over leaks or weak areas in your industrial septic tank.
Work on Curved Surfaces
Most industrial septic tanks are cylindrical in shape. This means that nearly all of the surfaces on your septic tank will have a slight curve. Traditional welding machines can't join metals on a curved surface.
A girth welder, on the other hand, can follow the gentle curve of your septic tank as it moves up the edges of a steel patch. The ability to weld on a curved surface can mean that your girth welder will create an airtight seam on your septic tank that will prevent the patched area from leaking again in the future.
Reinforce the Tank
Industrial septic tanks are often buried below the ground. Environmental contaminants can cause the exterior of the tank to deteriorate much faster than the interior walls. A girth welder can be used to salvage the tank when the interior is in good condition but the exterior needs to be completely rebuilt.
A large sheet of steel will be used to reinforce the industrial septic tank. A girth welder will travel completely around the exterior edge of the steel sheet to join this sheet with your septic tank's exterior. The process will be repeated for each edge until the entire septic tank is wrapped in fresh steel using airtight weld seams.
Opting to rely on an automatic girth welder to refurbish your septic tank can prevent future structural failures and save you a significant amount of money over time.
A girth welding machine is a valuable tool to have around when you need to make repairs to an industrial septic tank.
An experienced welding technician can use a girth welder to address any structural damage that is plaguing your tank. The curved surface and vertical work plane created when working with a cylindrical septic tank will not interfere with an automatic girth welder's ability to create reliable, high-quality weld seams.
Talk with your welding professional to determine how an automatic girth welder can benefit you in the future.