7 Uses Of Frac Tanks That Require Dry Ice Cleaning Services (Part One)
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7 Uses Of Frac Tanks That Require Dry Ice Cleaning Services (Part One)

Dry ice cleaning services are ideal for large pieces of equipment that are difficult to clean with regular methods, making frac tanks ideal candidates. A standard frac tank holds about 21,000 gallons of fluid and is built with valves in the front to allow it to be connected to other pieces of fracking equipment. These oversized tanks were created for use in the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, industry. Since their creation, they have been adapted for several other uses, all of which can utilize dry ice blasting, a cleaning and polishing method patented in 1955, as an effective method of frac tank cleaning.

Liquid Fertilizer Storage

While farmers can buy liquid nitrogen and other fertilizers in bulk, they need a place to store those large amounts of fertilizers. If stored improperly, a massive amount of fertilizer can create complications for farmers and the function of their farms. Frac tanks are certainly large enough to hold all of the fertilizer a farmer could need and the investment in a frac tank will pay for itself. For regular frac tank cleaning, the farmer could use dry ice blasting to keep the operation sanitary.

Manure Application

Farmers can also use frac tanks in applying manure over large areas for animals that need it, such as hogs. The valves at the front of the tanks allow farmers to attach a hose and pump to it and then easily distribute the manure throughout the fields. Compared to more traditional methods of manure application, this is much faster and doesn’t require farmers to haul the manure around the land themselves.

Water Treatment

The process of water treatment has many moving parts, but frac tanks can be very useful for interim storage. In the frac tank, water treatment professionals can introduce chemicals to the water without contaminating other water supplies. Water could also be isolated in a frac tank to allow for residual oils to rise to the top and treated water to exit through the pump near the bottom. Dry ice cleaning can then be used to scrub the tank clean of any chemicals.

These are just three alternative uses of frac tanks and the resulting importance of using dry ice cleaning. Read part two of this series to discover four more relevant uses.


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  • Ron Booker
    September 4, 2019, 2:51 pm REPLY

    I found it interesting that frac tanks are cleaned with dry ice because of its size. My friend told me that frac tanks are useful to securely transport oil. Thank you for helping me learn more about frac tanks, It was very helpful for me.

  • Tyler Johnson
    January 17, 2020, 7:11 pm REPLY

    That’s good to know that treating water ina frac trank will cover the walls of the tank with things like oil. I feel like that would be hard to get off with water since oil is hydrophobic. I should consider getting someone to help me clean up the tank with dry ice if I decide to use one to treat some water on my property.

  • Tyson Coolidge
    March 2, 2020, 5:18 pm REPLY

    I like what you said about using frac tanks to apply manure over long areas. My sister has been telling me about how she wants to start farming in the coming months. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for frac tanks that can help her with this.