The Benefits of Above-Ground Oil Tank Storage

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If you’re in the market for a new oil storage tank, or considering replacing your existing one that has come to the end of its life cycle, you may be wondering if it’s possible to install an underground tank on your property—particularly if you have limited space on your property. 

While there are circumstances where this might be feasible, above-ground tanks are best suited for the majority of properties and it’s something we’d certainly recommend here at CT Tanks. Let’s explore the benefits of an above-ground oil tank and see why it’s the go-to choice for domestic fuel storage in the UK.

Spot leaks and maintenance issues early

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of owning an above-ground oil tank is that leaks and other exterior issues can be detected early. With an underground tank, a leak may go undetected for a long period of time, potentially leading to a shorter tank lifespan, expensive clean-up costs, and even contaminated soil. With an above-ground tank, you can inspect the exterior yourself to ensure there isn’t any corrosion, leaks, damage, or debris that could be affecting the performance of your oil tank.

Reduces environmental impact

In addition to easier maintenance, catching a leak early can reduce the chance of harming your property and the environment. As an owner, you are liable if your oil storage tank leaks. Since the oil can potentially contaminate soil, bodies of water, and even drinking water, it is crucial to promptly clean up any mess. With an underground oil tank, the probability of an undetected leak and environmental harm is much higher. However, regular inspections, annual tune-ups, and maintenance can help you avoid this scenario.

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Easier, cheaper installation

Another advantage of above-ground tanks is that they are much easier to install than underground tanks. Often, above-ground tanks are placed in easily accessible locations on a secure concrete or slab base. This accessibility also allows you and a technician to inspect the tank and resolve any issues quickly. Usually, an above-ground oil tank only takes a day for a CT Tanks technician to install. However, with underground tanks, more time is allotted to excavate the area where the tank is located.

Longer life span of your tank

Above-ground tanks are known to have a longer lifespan than underground tanks. While all tanks are susceptible to corrosion and general degradation over time, the process is sped up for underground tanks due to soil moisture, specific types of backfill, and soil pH. However, above-ground tanks are immune to such conditions, other than weather and debris.

Should I choose an above-ground tank?

By most industry standards, above-ground tanks have advantages that far outweigh the disadvantages. While they may not be the most aesthetically pleasing piece of equipment, you can easily design around your tank with strategic fencing, shrubbery, or interior design to help keep it hidden. Even in extreme temperatures, above-ground tanks are resilient.

How can CT Tanks help?

If you're planning to install a new above-ground oil tank, it's crucial to consider all the advantages and consult with an expert to identify the most suitable tank option for your residence. At CT Tanks, we have 25 years of experience in delivering exceptional oil tank installation services in the South West. We strive to simplify the process for our clients, and you can contact us anytime to explore your options.

Posted on March 8th 2023

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