Oil Tank Installation
Do you need to install a new tank in your home or replace an existing one? There are several things you need to consider; such as the type and size of tank, location (indoor, outdoor, overground or underground), building regulations, the amount of fuel to be left in the tank, whether there are any underground public utility lines to worry about, and whether any landscaping needs to be done after the oil tank installation.
Types of oil tanks
There are several different types of oil tanks that you can choose from. There are indoor tanks and outdoor tanks; there are over-ground tanks and underground tanks, and then there are plastic tanks and steel tanks. There is also a type called a bunded tank, which is made of a smaller tank sitting inside a bigger one, with the latter being larger than the former by 10 percent.
- Indoor vs. outdoor tanks: Indoor tanks are meant for installation in the basement, garage or utility room. The capacity of these tanks ranges from 160 to 400 gallons. Since they are not exposed to the same elements as outdoor tanks, they require less maintenance. Outdoor tanks are usually larger and require more maintenance as they are exposed to the sun, rain and other corrosive substances. There are two types of outdoor tanks: above-ground and underground.
- Above-ground vs. underground tanks: Above-ground tanks can be either plastic or steel tanks. They are the simplest to install and require the least maintenance. They are also the most environmentally friendly oil tanks. Underground oil tanks are mostly steel but may have a polyurethane jacket to protect them from corrosion. One advantage of underground tanks is that they leave the space above them free for other uses. The most common types of underground tanks in New Jersey are known as Non-Regulated Underground Tanks (UST). These can be residential heating oil tanks of any size, but certain agricultural and residential motor fuel tanks for non-commercial use are also considered non-regulated USTs. These underground tanks may be located in basements, cellars, mines, drift shafts, or tunnels. The good news is that Non-Regulated tank replacements require only a local Building Department permit and inspection by the local building authorities. Typically no soil sampling is required, as long as the local building inspector agrees there is no leakage from the tank. The NJDEP is not called in as long as there has been no leakage from the tank.
The installation location must be chosen carefully to minimize the impact of any oil spill on your health, property and the environment. This is especially true for underground tanks as oil leakages can remain undetected for several years. Therefore, outdoor oil tank installation must be done at a safe distance from your home.
In the case of indoor tanks, they must be stored in a safe place where the hazard of fire is non-existent, and the risks of environmental pollution from oil spills are minimal. Usually, indoor tanks are installed inside a secondary container in a fire-resistant compartment located at the lowest level of the building.
The installation procedures differ for different types of oil tanks. However, there are certain building regulations and guidelines that must be followed. One such regulation is that the tank must be installed on a stable level base that extends past the widest point of the tank by at least 300 mm. The base must be constructed on a sound foundation. If the tank needs to be elevated, it must be adequately supported. Plastic oil tanks must have support across their entire base.
Why should you hire us for oil tank installation?
We specialize in oil tank installation (of all types) and have many years of experience. We are one of the most experienced tank installers in New Jersey, having installed well over 9000 AST and UST tanks in the Garden State. We have the knowledge and equipment necessary to help you place your new tank properly and to help you decide which type of tank to purchase. We will mount your new storage tank in cost effective and professional manner, often in a single day. View our reasons why you should hire us:
- Custom solutions: Every site is different and needs a custom solution. We specialize in creating site-specific solutions
- Cutting-edge technology: We use the latest cutting-edge technology and equipment, which ensures accuracy and precision
- Fewer days and lower costs: We strive to complete each project in the shortest time possible so as to minimize the costs to our customers
- Environmentally-friendly: We are committed to protecting the environment and take pains to make sure that our solutions are environmentally-friendly. After a tank is detected, we will remove it and dispose of it in compliance with state regulations. After the installation is complete, we will provide you with the copies of installation receipts, which you are required to submit to the authorities for final approval.
- Regulatory requirements: We have the expertise and experience in addressing regulatory requirements for oil tank installation.
Call us today for professional oil tank installation
Do you need an oil tank installed? Get in touch with us. You can trust us to provide the highest-quality, environmentally friendly and economical installation service. Give us a call or send us an email. One of our knowledgeable and friendly oil tank installation representatives will be happy to assist you.
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