As your home gets older, parts of the home need to be replaced. You may have to re-shingle the roof to prevent leaks, swap out dead appliances for more energy-efficient ones, install new flooring, and you may even have to replace your above ground oil tank. You may have had to repair individual parts on the above ground oil tank throughout the years, but here are the signs that the tank itself is nearing the time for NJ oil tank removal.
The life of an oil tank varies on a couple of factors.
-Thickness of the tank.
-Whether the above ground oil tank is covered with a coating.
-The level of electrical activity surrounding the tank.
Together these factors determine the life of the above ground oil tank. Thicker tanks with coatings will prevent corrosion from forming a rusty spilling of oil. The biggest life drainer of the oil tank is the electrical activity surrounding the tank if the tank has not been equipped with anodes that will conduct electrical activity. Lack of routine maintenance will diminish the expected life of your oil tank as it will become prone to damage.
Corrosion: Above ground oil tanks begin to corrode from inside the tank. Once the outside layer has begun corroding, an oil leak is imminent. Unlike underground oil tanks, above ground tanks will be easier to detect leaks from looking underneath. If acted quickly; the tank may be patched up or temporarily concealed.
Poor Foundation: Check out the foundation of the above ground oil tank. Are the legs beginning to rust, are they becoming loose and wobbly? The weight of the oil tank can wear down the legs of the tank with the assistance of gravity. A poor foundation will cause the tank to fall over or break one of the supporting legs.
Poor Routine Inspections: If you have scheduled regular maintenance on your above ground oil tank over time, you are prolonging the life of the tank. Listen to the recommendations from the professional performing the oil tank check-up. Have they recommended that you get a new oil tank? Their advice may protect your land from a toxic leak.
Whether you don’t have the current funds or refuse to believe the tank is nearing its end, do not put off above ground oil tank removal for too long. The longer you wait; the chances of a toxic oil leak are becoming higher. An oil leak will not only harm the land and soil surrounding your home but also harms your community. At times, it can even run into your neighbors’ properties, and most insurance companies will not provide coverage.
A professional above ground oil tank removal company will be capable of properly removing your tank without causing an oil spill. A new oil tank can be installed on a stronger foundation or you can convert to an alternative heat source.
At Tank Solutions, we are the professionals to call for all of your above ground oil tank needs. We pride ourselves in carrying one of the largest insurance policies in the industry today. In addition to full comprehensive coverage, we also carry a $5 Million pollution liability policy. All our oil tank removals are performed in compliance with the American Petroleum Institute Standards (API 1604) and all applicable federal, state, local, OSHA and EPA regulations.
Our team realizes the process can be overwhelming to many property owners. However, our goal is to make the processes of oil tank removal as quick and easy as possible. Schedule an appointment with us now to inspect your above ground oil to see if you are need of removal.