Oil tanks on commercial property can be underground or above ground. There are different advantages to both, but let’s explore why an above ground oil tank may be a better choice in some situations.
Easy access to your commercial oil tank is a huge plus for both the real estate owner and the professionals who help keep your oil tank in check. The primary reason is that inspection of your oil tank is much easier. With something as environmentally liable as an oil tank, these containers must be constantly monitored and maintained. And any corrosion or leakage is much easier to detect when you don’t have to go underground to find it.
Another advantage of having easy access to an oil tank is for filling purposes. The oil for your above ground oil tank should be ordered around the time your tank is a quarter of the way full. With commercial real estate sometimes buildings need to be expanded with the growth of a business. In this case, more oil may be required to heat a bigger building. Luckily, with an above ground oil tank, it makes it easier to access your tank to increase its size, or to transport it to another building, if your business happens to move. Larger, yet still compact, above ground oil tanks are becoming more popular nowadays.
Along the same lines of earlier detection of oil leaks, an above ground oil tank also allows for more efficient prevention. It may take more time for the soil surrounding an underground oil tank to emit a smell or become damp with oil, but with an above ground tank, leaking has the potential to be noticed much earlier on. Thus, less surface area is potentially contaminated, and there is less environmental harm. Above ground oil tanks are also now required to be made solely of steel, reassuring an exterior that is not easily penetrable and will not allow leaking.
These oil tanks are often set on padding or some type of raised surface to give the ground a buffer between the tank. If you are ever to remove the tank, this allows for an easier fill in and better preservation of the ground. Another technique with the above ground oil tanks is adding a secondary container, or tank enclosure, around the oil tank for a more secure handling of your oil.
Some people may deem above ground oil tanks to be a bit of an eye sore, and although it’s true they are not the prettiest sight to see, there is a way to make them look a bit better. Tank enclosures are your solution! They come in a variety of basic, earth tone colors and can help your above ground oil tank blend in a bit better with the siding of you building or the nature surrounding it. It is possible to easily remove the cover-up when various inspections are needed, even if an outside fill line has been established. Tank cover-ups may be a bit more realistic with smaller commercial oil tanks. Regardless, the tank enclosure can sufficiently improve the lifespan of your above ground oil tank, protecting the tank from weather erosion and animal interference. These protective outer cover-ups are also oil and fire resistant, making them a great heavy duty addition to your tank. Cover-ups prevent rusting and allow for appropriate pressure inside and outside of the oil tank. Tank enclosures are smart to have, and even more so when the tank contains hazardous liquid.
Whether you choose an above ground or under ground oil tank, it is always important to maintain the upkeep of the tank for the safety of you, your neighbors, and the entire ecosystem around you. While it’s important for you to keep an eye on your oil tank, it is also important to enlist the help of professionals as well not only for installation of your tank, but for proper care and inspection as well. Contact us today for any installation or services regarding your above ground oil tank!