Maintaining Aboveground/Underground Storage Tanks

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These problems await residential and commercial tank owners who will not look after the health and safety of their tanks. Most of the times, such disasters catch the owners by surprise, leaving them shocked and in dire financial situations. What can you do to avoid the environmental and financial catastrophe out of leaking fuel storage tanks?

  • Regularly check the condition of your underground/aboveground tank and its components, including pipes and oil lines, for signs of corrosion.
  • Protect the tank from heavy snowfall, flood and other weather elements. Make sure its stand and foundation base are very stable to support the tank. Certain weather and environmental elements like earthquake, flooding and excessive snowfall can compromise its support.
  • Keep the tank vent unclogged and free of snow, ice and other debris (to allow the tank to breathe properly) and fill cap and vent cap tightly secured (to protect the fuel).  
  • Make sure the fill pipes are readily accessible and visible to the fuel supply delivery crew and the oil lines enclosed between the tank and furnace under protective tubing.  
  • To prevent vandalism, use a locking cap on the fill pipe.
  • Inspect the areas around filters and valves for any signs of leakage.
  • Inspect the areas around the fill and vent pipes for oil spills. Any presence of stained soil and rock and distressed vegetation could indicate a spill has taken place.
  • Install a vent alarm on your tank system. It is a device that whistles when the tank is filled full during delivery, thus preventing a costly oil spill. Make sure the vent alarm works properly.
  • Water can collect inside the tank from heavy flooding and excessive rainfall. If there is presence of trapped water, remove them from a drain plug or by using water absorbent socks and additives. Moreover, you should check for water during oil delivery.
  • At regular periods of time, you should have you tank tested by a certified contractor or tester. He will perform a variety of tests including line leak detector test, annual line tightness test, cathodic protection testing, tank tightness testing and internal lining inspection.
  • Watch you fuel consumption. Measure your current consumption and compare it with the past seasons. An increase in fuel consumption could mean there is a leak.
  • Do not store items at the area around or underneath the tank.
  • For underground storage tanks, make sure the fuel lines are buried properly and are adequately protected or else heavy vehicles can damage them. For aboveground tanks, encase fuel line in protective tubing.
  • In case of a spill or leak, stop the flow of oil at once. Call your local environmental agency or a nearby oil company for guidance and assistance. Be ready to shoulder the expenses of clean-up and payment of damages on neighbours’ property.

We should always look after our tanks to prevent the onset of different problems that can affect not only us but our neighbours too. It is essential to keep watch for leaks and contact certified tank specialists for regular tests, inspection and maintenance.

For owners of leaking aboveground/underground storages tanks, they face two options: They can either have the tank replaced or get it removed. If they choose the latter, they should contact tank removal specialists.

Do you ever know why leaking aboveground or underground storage tanks are considered as danger grounds? It is because of the potential damages they can bring. Don’t tell me you don’t know these:

  • Contamination of drinking water sources and soil
  • Presence of foul odour
  • Inhalation of hazardous compounds
  • Threats of fire or explosion
  • Financial risks, as many insurances do not cover domestic oil spill damage

These problems await residential and commercial tank owners who will not look after the health and safety of their tanks. Most of the times, such disasters catch the owners by surprise, leaving them shocked and in dire financial situations. What can you do to avoid the environmental and financial catastrophe out of leaking fuel storage tanks?

  • Regularly check the condition of your underground/aboveground tank and its components, including pipes and oil lines, for signs of corrosion.
  • Protect the tank from heavy snowfall, flood and other weather elements. Make sure its stand and foundation base are very stable to support the tank. Certain weather and environmental elements like earthquake, flooding and excessive snowfall can compromise its support.
  • Keep the tank vent unclogged and free of snow, ice and other debris (to allow the tank to breathe properly) and fill cap and vent cap tightly secured (to protect the fuel).  
  • Make sure the fill pipes are readily accessible and visible to the fuel supply delivery crew and the oil lines enclosed between the tank and furnace under protective tubing.  
  • To prevent vandalism, use a locking cap on the fill pipe.
  • Inspect the areas around filters and valves for any signs of leakage.
  • Inspect the areas around the fill and vent pipes for oil spills. Any presence of stained soil and rock and distressed vegetation could indicate a spill has taken place.
  • Install a vent alarm on your tank system. It is a device that whistles when the tank is filled full during delivery, thus preventing a costly oil spill. Make sure the vent alarm works properly.
  • Water can collect inside the tank from heavy flooding and excessive rainfall. If there is presence of trapped water, remove them from a drain plug or by using water absorbent socks and additives. Moreover, you should check for water during oil delivery.
  • At regular periods of time, you should have you tank tested by a certified contractor or tester. He will perform a variety of tests including line leak detector test, annual line tightness test, cathodic protection testing, tank tightness testing and internal lining inspection.
  • Watch you fuel consumption. Measure your current consumption and compare it with the past seasons. An increase in fuel consumption could mean there is a leak.
  • Do not store items at the area around or underneath the tank.
  • For underground storage tanks, make sure the fuel lines are buried properly and are adequately protected or else heavy vehicles can damage them. For aboveground tanks, encase fuel line in protective tubing.
  • In case of a spill or leak, stop the flow of oil at once. Call your local environmental agency or a nearby oil company for guidance and assistance. Be ready to shoulder the expenses of clean-up and payment of damages on neighbours’ property.

We should always look after our tanks to prevent the onset of different problems that can affect not only us but our neighbours too. It is essential to keep watch for leaks and contact certified tank specialists for regular tests, inspection and maintenance.

For owners of leaking aboveground/underground storages tanks, they face two options: They can either have the tank replaced or get it removed. If they choose the latter, they should contact tank removal specialists.

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This article was published on 2012/03/23