McBreen Environmental are Ireland’s experts in providing bund integrity testing which is a fundamental safety measure when storing any type of liquid waste. Regular bund testing is necessary because the purpose of a bund is to provide containment for tanks or drums in the case of a leak. It is therefore important that bund integrity testing be carried out before a new bund enters service and then assessed for integrity on a regular basis thereafter.
In Ireland, the EPA’s preference for in-service bund integrity testing is for the hydrostatic testing method to be used, unless there are valid safety or practicality issues in which case a visual inspection may be carried out by a Chartered Engineer.
The procedure for hydrostatic bund integrity testing requires the bund to be filled with water and the drop in water level to be measured over a defined period.
Bund integrity testing by visual inspection entails the examination of the bund for cracks, holes, and other defects which may cause a loss of integrity. Examples of defects include exposed rebar, unsealed pipes passing through bund walls and unplugged shuttering bolt holes.
McBreen Environmental complete hundreds of bund integrity tests & visual bund inspections across Ireland every year with clients ranging from large scale pharmaceutical companies to small scale domestic bund tests.
Where necessary McBreen Environmental can fill bunds with water prior to any inspection and dispose of wastewater afterwards. In addition to bund integrity assessment, McBreen Environmental also offer advice on Tank and Manhole integrity and firewater integrity assessments.