Five things to know about buried oil tanks

Buried oil tank

Having a buried oil tank comes with a myriad of benefits. It is however also accompanied by maintenance and possible things that could go wrong like leakages and contamination of soil and water around your neighborhood. Every home that has an underground oil tank has a list of questions that they would love solved for them. Some of the basic things to know include:

  • There are leak tests, no need to dig the tank up

Many people struggle with this; they hardly check whether their tanks are leaking or might leak because they think the process involves digging out the tank. The process would be quite expensive which is therefore off-putting for many people. What you ought to know is that it is possible to check for leakages without digging up the tank.

There are commercial testers who will do the tanks test, and they can also look at the piping. Waiting to notice oil leaks and contamination is now avoidable.

  • You can leave the empty tank underground

Although the best choice is always to remove the tank even when it is empty, you also have the option of leaving the tank underground. To leave the tank under, there are measures to be implemented for Safety purposes, but they are easy and straightforward.

  • When to replace your oil tank

Out of the many buried oil tank problems, this is perhaps the one that confuses many people. No one knows when they should replace their oil tank. The easy answer to that, however, lies in the age of your oil tank. If the buried tank is between 10-15 years old and does not leak, then consider changing it. Once a tank leaks early on, its lifespan considerably reduces.

  • How to determine a leaking tank

Knowing when your tank is leaking is a tough game. It is possible to find out when there is a leaking tank from observations like contamination. You can determine if the reservoir is leaking by observing if your home’s oil for cooking increases. You can also check for signs of contamination. Any tank that has any defects should be recalled and safer tanks provided for the safety of people and durability.



Author: Steven Miller

I am a home inspector in Jamestown, Tennessee.

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