How Can I Prevent My Water Storage Tank from Freezing?

Large vertical storage tanks wrapped in black in a winter sceneHaving a water storage tank freeze can be a large issue, not only for the product that is inside the tank, but for the tank itself. Water storage tanks are equipped with two different types of systems for mixing the water within the tank. Each system succeeds well within their proper environments.

Passive systems are hydrodynamic mixing systems and other jet aeration types of systems. These systems create water movement only during the filling process. They are ineffective with preventing ice buildup in cold climates.

Active systems are pulse hydraulics and solar. The active systems are reactive because they can be programmed to respond to water system needs as season weather moves in and out as well as water quality variants dictate. However, only the most powerful active mixers can prevent ice buildup all winter long.

The bottom line is that if the environment is just right, moving the water alone is not a guarantee that the top portion of water is not going to freeze. The goal then is to minimize the tank damage from ice buildup in extreme cold climates. Ice can damage the controls, the interior or puncture a wall before you realize you have an ice buildup problem in your tank.

When searching for a solution for preventing ice buildup inside a storage tank, the most important thing to search for is uniformed heat. To properly prevent ice buildup you need to maintain the same temperature at the bottom of your water tank, as you do at the top. Traditional methods for reducing ice formation inside water tanks have been expensive, difficult and only partially effective. Take band heaters for example. They typically can heat well, but when it comes to distributing that heat, they fall short of the mark. 

This is where heated blankets and wraps enter the picture. An effective barrel or drum heater should be able reach a higher temperature in a shorter period of time, if it is distributing the heat efficiently. Often used in the restaurant and shipping industries, these heated wraps and blankets are able to heat materials to a specific temperature to maintain viscosity, but not to the point of burning or scorching the material. Since this design is so successful at heating and maintaining an optimal temperature for more volatile materials, keeping water tanks from freezing is a much simpler task. Powerblanket is determined to provided total temperature control regardless the process or industry. Because we know what it’s like to have setbacks on projects and have the bottomline suffer from temperamental weather and equipment inefficiency. Let our solutions solve your problems.


Custom Heaters and Heat Solutions


Powerblanket® engineers solve every kind of temperature problem from simple to very complex. Need a custom heater or need a system of custom heaters?  Our expertise guarantees satisfied customers in a very short turnaround time, often in less than three weeks from design to delivery.  

We have created custom heaters for:Powerblanket heated wraps on jobsite

  • Frac tanks
  • Truck mounted propane tanks
  • 500 gallon gravity flow tanks
  • Pipes and manifolds
  • Valves and instrumentation
  • Hoppers
  • Large tanks
  • Wind blade epoxy curing
  • and many more

Powerblanket can design and manufacture custom products to meet the requirements of hazardous areas including Class I, Division 2.

Custom Tank Heaters

Powerblanket Tank Heaters can maintain temperature, heat materials, provide freeze protection, or optimize flow for viscous and temperature-sensitive materials.  A powerblanket custom heater will change the way you approach temperature control and freeze protection.

Why Choose Powerblanket Custom Heaters for Tanks?

  • Maintain optimal temperatures for temperature sensitive materialsPowerblanket custom tank heater wrap
  • Custom heaters designed to fit any tank
  • Provide ultimate freeze protection
  • Available in 120, 208 or 240VAC
  • Peace of mind that your valuable materials are protected

White’s Equipment Rental, LLC faced a dilemma when the chilly Marcellus winters started causing problems with the Catch Tanks they use to capture fluids. Buck Binder, VP of Production and R&D lead, realized that the cold temperatures and frigid weather would cost the business thousands of dollars in rental fees, replacement costs, and even fines from the EPA, if the Catch Tanks were to freeze.  He turned to Powerblanket for a custom heater. Powerblanket engineers designed a custom heating blanket fitted precisely to the Catch Tanks. By keeping the tanks warm during the cold weather, White’s eliminated the risk of freezing, and a loss in revenue.

Powerblanket’s custom heating solution provided White’s Equipment with more than freeze protection. It provided both them and their clients with the benefits of sustainability, continuous production, and reduced or eliminated down time, not to mention peace of mind and the earned reputation of being a preferred energy services provider.

Weatherproof your business with Powerblanket pipe, valve, and instrumentation heaters.

These advanced custom heaters offer freeze protection for your entire pipe & manifold system. The simple design eliminates the need for expensive work crews to install or remove heat trace, insulation and cladding. Unlike heat trace, Powerblanket does not have inrush current issues.Powerblanket pipe and valve heaters

Why Choose Powerblanket Custom Heaters for Pipes and Valves?

  • Reduce downtime and increase profitability
  • Eliminate need for alternative emergency services or steamers
  • Protect instrumentation from freezing to ensure accurate data retrieval
  • Sustain valve functionality
  • Save on labor costs through easy installation and removal
  • Custom designed to fit any application


Custom Tank Heaters: The Perfect Approach to Heating Solutions

custom tank heatersIt would be absolutely ridiculous to assume that all tanks come in the same shapes and sizes, whether they hold water, gas, chemicals, or some other matter. We all know that this simply isn’t the case. While there are certainly standard measurements for specialty gas tanks, water tanks, and others, the range of variance between size, construction, and purpose is vast enough that there simply isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for tank protection. That’s why Powerblanket® Custom Tank Heaters are the perfect approach to the need for a heating solution.


Customized for Your Tanks and Needs

Regardless of the size of your tank, the purpose it serves, or its shape, Powerblanket can help you protect it against cold weather and keep it running at the ideal temperature year round. Our custom approach to providing tailored heating solutions to a myriad of industries and applications has allowed hundreds of customers to protect their precious assets from the ravages of cold weather.

In addition to freeze protection, our custom tank heaters enable increased efficiency in gas and other kinds of tanks. Anywhere flow rates and extraction rates are affected by temperature, Powerblanket custom tank heaters can ensure the flow of liquids and extraction of gas is always at its best. Take, for example, the nature of a gas such as propane.

When gases are stored in tanks, they are stored under considerable pressure. Due to this fact, they reside in the tank in both a liquid and gaseous state. Extracting a gas means you must evaporate some of the liquid and that evaporation process requires an input of heat energy. If the gas extraction rate is fast enough, it could cause the tank to frost up and the extraction to be impeded. However, with a custom Powerblanket propane tank heater you can keep the extraction flowing fast and full, without the side effect of frosting or icing.

What’s more, whether a tank holds gas or liquid, freezing temperatures pose big problems. Using a custom tank heater allows you to fully insulate and heat your tank to whatever temperature is best, regardless of the surrounding climate.


custom Powerblanket tank heater wrapped around a large tankGetting a custom tank heater from Powerblanket is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Contact us with the details of your application.
  2. We’ll design a custom tank heater for your application, based on your information and feedback.
  3. We’ll build your custom solution and ship it to you within two weeks. (Sometimes, we can even turn a project around in as little as one week.)


In the end, there’s no reason to leave your tank out in the cold. Powerblanket can cover it and keep it safe and functioning well through the most inclement weather.



Powerblanket Receives Manufacturer of the Year Award from UMA

If you haven’t seen this headline somewhere else on the web by now, we’re happy to tell you all about it here. Utah Manufacturers Association recently awarded Powerblanket something we’re pretty happy about. Read on to learn more about the UMA Manufacturer of the Year Award.


Brent Reddekopp  receiving UMA Award for PowerblanketUMA and Manufacturer of the Year

Utah Manufacturers Association (UMA), recently awarded Powerblanket the prestigious award  of Manufacturer of the Year. This award is given annually to the Utah-based manufacturer that proves to be the most innovative contributor to their space. There’s even more to it than this, but we’ll get to that.

UMA has been around since 1905. The organization prides itself on offering the “voice of industry” in the state of Utah, and they’ve been doing so for over 107 years now. UMA has clearly been talking Utah economy for a long time, but talking isn’t all they do. UMA is a trade association, and their goal is to enhance and improve the business climate in the state. UMA doesn’t only offer insight and expertise in the business of manufacturing, but the organization also has considerable experience in the legislative processes of state government. This is how they can do so much to vie for the interests of Utah businesses and the overall economic prosperity of the state.

UMA’s Manufacturer of the Year Award embodies the mission of UMA in multiple ways. By awarding the company that not only proves innovative in their respective markets, but also offers leadership in their industry, UMA’s award encourages and rewards the same idealism by which their organization operates. Powerblanket was chosen to receive this award for 2015, based on the embodiment of these characteristics and more. In fact, why don’t we just give it to you in their own words. According to UMA, Powerblanket received the award “for their outstanding performance in operational excellence, economic achievement, workplace safety, community outreach, and fidelity to the principles of free enterprise.”

Powerblanket is honored to receive such accolades from a high quality establishment like UMA. The credibility of UMA and the Manufacturer of the Year Award lends a great addition to our own image and ethos as a company devoted to “operational excellence, economic achievement, workplace safety, community outreach, and fidelity to the principles of free enterprise.”

So, from all of us here at Powerblanket, thank you, UMA for this great privilege.


Winter Preparation: Now’s the Time

As the temperatures around the nation rise into the hundreds, cold-weather preparation may be the furthest thing from your mind. What’s more, there are plenty of warm-weather applications that Powerblanket technology is used for. But we would be completely remiss if we didn’t say enough of proper winter preparation. After all, when it comes to preparing for winter, you don’t want to be a grasshopper…

Aesop’s Fable: The Ant and the Grasshopper

Perhaps you’re already familiar with the old fable of The Ant and the Grasshopper from Aesop. If you’re not (and even if you are) we’ve recited it here. Below follows the most popular English renditions of the story:

“In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

‘Why not come and chat with me,’ said the Grasshopper, ‘instead of toiling and moiling in that way?’

‘I am helping to lay up food for the winter,’ said the Ant, ‘and recommend you to do the same.’

‘Why bother about winter?’ said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present.’ But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.

When the winter came, the Grasshopper found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing, every day, corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew it is best to prepare for the days of necessity.”

Of course, the implications of this story can go far deeper than the need for good winter preparation. But for the sake of comparison, the story’s plot is rather poignant for the industries we serve. When cold weather does hit, it’s best to already have the systems and products you need in place to brave the effects of winter. So if you have assets to cover come late October, now’s the best time to start getting together the protection you’ll need.

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The Benefits of Frac Tanks


In the oil & gas industry, storing water and other liquids on site can be quite a task, but with frac tanks, you can store as much as you need.


Frac Tank

Frac Tanks and the Purpose They Serve

Large tanks are a very efficient way to store water or other liquids on site to be used in oil-field or construction applications. As far as water’s concerned, anywhere you go, whether it’s in the hydraulic fracturing process to build something in the construction industry, there is always a very real need for it.

The need for having water on site is one of the biggest necessities that frac tanks provide. They are easily transported by an 18 wheeler to the site at which they will be used and are left there for however long they are needed. Many are outfitted with the proper piping and pumping components needed to get the water (or whatever it’s storing) to the actual spot where it will be used too.

With an innovative solution like this, which has been around for some time now, many different industries rely on frac tanks to store the liquids or other materials they need on site. Well, there you have it. That solves that. Or does it?

Here’s a question to consider. What happens if the tank is delivered to an area that becomes frigid cold during the winter months? What if the frac tank is holding water or some other temperature-sensitive liquid? What do you do then? Letting 21,000 gallons of water or some other liquid freeze on you, especially if it’s out in the middle of nowhere at an oil-drilling site, can pose quite the dilemma indeed.


Frac tank heating blanket

The Solution for Freeze Protection

Up until the inception of Powerblanket® Frac Tank Heating Blankets, there wasn’t a “set it and forget it” heating solution for frac tanks. However, Powerblanket has this problem solved. Along with all the other smaller products that Powerblanket creates for varying industries and a myriad of applications, we also provide some very big blankets for big jobs such as frac tank freeze protection.

Find out how Powerblanket® has helped others in the construction industry by downloading our free case studies!



Frac Water Heaters – Increase Productivity And Revenue During Cold Weather

Frac Water HeatersFrac water heaters are a necessary part of the hydraulic fracturing process. It is imperative to heat frac water before it is pumped into the well for the following three reasons.

  1. Warm water is required for pumping during freezing weather conditions
  2. Linear or crossed-link gel frac fluids require specific temperatures
  3. Tubular contraction issues require heating to minimize the possibilities of casing failures


Like all propane units, when temperatures and fluid levels drop, so does pressure. Because propane is the source running the frac water heater, it is extremely important to maintain pressure. Heating one or multiple frac tanks can be a time consuming job, especially in cold weather. One solution to maintain pressure is to heat the propane tank on the frac water heater. Maintaining a consistent temperature on your propane tank will provide the following four benefits:


  1. Avoid down time
  2. Complete your daily jobs without having to shutdown to fill your tank
  3. Complete a heating job in a timely manner with fewer trucks
  4. Increase your revenue per job


There are only a few ways to heat large propane tanks. Most companies that heat frac water, use similar methods to maintain the pressure in their propane tanks. The current heating methods most frequently used are, blowtorches, vaporizers, and tarps with space heaters. These methods can be permanent, ineffective, dangerous and time consuming. I recommend finding a heating solution that does not require additional man hours, and is safe and efficient.If too much heat is applied, you run the risk of blowing safety valves on your propane tank and creating a hazardous situation.
Below is an example of a safe and efficient heating solution for a propane tank used on a frac water heater.

frac tank heaters

What Heating Solutions are Available for Hazardous Locations?

CID2 signsTime is money in the oilfield, especially in hazardous locations. Downtime due to frozen pipes, valves, tanks and other equipment negatively affected by cold weather is extremely costly and frustrating. Large oil and gas producers can lose millions of dollars for each hour in down-time. In addition to down-time costs these companies will pay big bucks for parts and labor to get equipment up and running quickly. Fortunately, partnering with the right heat solution company that has the capability and expertise to provide heating solutions can help solve and prevent these problems.

Many areas within the oilfields are classified as a hazardous location so you will need to source heating products rated for those particular areas. The National Electric Code (NEC) defines hazardous locations as “areas where fire or explosion hazards may exist due to flammable gases or vapors, flammable liquids, combustible dust, or ignitable fibers or flyings.”  Because electrical equipment can become a potential source of ignition for these volatile areas, certain precautions must be taken to remove the risk of fire and explosions.

The code writers have broken all hazardous locations into Classes and Divisions to make it easier to understand. The most common areas in the oilfield and gas plants are Class I Division 1 and Class I Division 2.  Class I type hazard is created by the presence of flammable gases or vapors in in the air, such as natural gas or gasoline vapor. When these materials are found in the atmosphere in a sufficient concentration, a potential for explosion exists, which could be ignited if an electrical or other source of ignition is present. In addition to the location, the Code concerns itself with the kind of conditions under which these hazards are present; specifically (I) normal or (II) abnormal. In the normal condition, the hazard would be expected to be present in everyday production operations or during frequent repair and maintenance activity. Abnormal circumstances would be an accidental breakage, leakage or unusual faulty operation where the hazardous material could be exposed.  

Three factors you will want to consider when looking to partner with a heating company for hazardous location applications are:

  1. Partner with an inventive company who has custom design and engineering capability, and that can help design solutions for those unique freezing issues. Not all applications are the same and a company that is agile and flexible can be your new best friend.
  2. Partner with a company that has experience designing heating solutions in the oilfield and completely understands the need.
  3. Lastly, you will need to work with a company that is safety certified, meeting both UL and CSA standards, for hazardous locations. In oilfield hazardous locations, you must find products certified to CID2 and look for those that can handle groups A through D, as well as one with the right temperature classification.