Our Sodamod Beverage Grade Tanks go through the following cleaning process:
Cleaning the tanks after manufacturing is a multi-step process. This is the same process that is used for medical grade tanks.
Cleaning Step #1 - The pallet of tanks are submerged into a Phosphoric Acid solution for five minutes. The pallet of tanks is lifted, allowed to drain inverted, then transferred to Cleaning Step #2. This initial cleaning process acts as a degreaser and removes any lubrication residue left from the impact extrusion process.
Cleaning Step #2 - The pallet of tanks is submerged into clean water for a one minute agitated rinse. The pallet is lifted, and allowed to drain inverted, then transferred to Cleaning Step #3. This second step removes all Phosphoric Acid and lubricant residue from all tank surfaces.
Cleaning Step #3 - The pallet of tanks is submerged into an acid/sanitizer for five minutes. This acid acts as a de-smutting agent which removes surface imperfections, scaling, or other residual contaminants including metal particles. Additionally, it further cleans the tank’s interior to a mirror-like finish while sanitizing it. The pallet is inverted and allowed to drain, then transferred over to Cleaning Step #4.
Cleaning Step #4 - The pallet of tanks is submerged into a final clean water rinse for one minute under agitation, then removed, inverted and allowed to drain, and re-submerged into the tank for one additional minute under agitation. The pallet is lifted, inverted, and allowed to drain, then transferred over to the unloading station where it is transferred to the final painting and assembly area for installation of the pin-valve and pressure testing.
We do NOT recommend using a standard non-beverage grade paintball style tank to carbonate your water. Standard paintball tanks were never manufactured for use with a soda dispenser. Standard paintball tanks are manufactured using industrial lubricants to facilitate the impact extrusion process. These are chemicals that you do NOT want in your water. Our Sodamod tanks are cleaned to Beverage and Medical Grade standards. Do NOT risk your health by using a standard paintball tank that contains chemicals and contaminants that will end up in your drinking water.