Just like vehicles and other pieces of equipment, underground storage tanks have a lifespan and will eventually have to be replaced. On average, tanks could last around 25 years. That said, if tanks are closed to “retirement” and show signs of rust and corrosion, then it is likely time to buy new tanks. Replacing underground storage tanks can require a large investment in terms of equipment, construction costs, and more. It is a process that should be given close attention before signing an order and installing. Read on to learn how you should be preparing for an underground storage tank replacement for your fuel!
Take a Look at Local Regulations
Identifying underground storage tank regulations that dictate equipment requirements or that involve recurring maintenance and labor costs will help ensure proper compliance. This will also help give you a better idea of the total cost of owning a tank. Review any applicable regulations with your tank supplier too. This way, they’ll be able to provide cost-effective product solutions that help satisfy any regulation requirements.
Consider Materials and the Shape of the Tank
Picking the right tank can prevent any tank failure and future complications. Underground storage tanks are made of either steel or fiberglass. Steel is stronger and a good idea if you have heavy equipment onsite or experience severe changes in the weather that lead to ground saturation and breaches. Typically, fiberglass can resist corrosion in all kinds of climates. Flat-end steel tanks require less space than any domed-end fiberglass tanks and usually cost less during installation.
Invest in The Right Products
Investing in the right products that protect against water intrusion and leaks is a good way to spend your money. It will help reduce contamination and maintenance problems moving forward. Talking prevention solutions that are compatible with your storage system with your supplier will extend the life of its components, protecting the integrity of the tank.
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