Oil Tank? What You Need To Be Aware Of
Are you considering buying a home that has an oil tank? Or, perhaps, you already own a house that has an oil tank on the property? If this is the case, there are certain things that you should be aware of. Whether you have a UST or an aboveground tank, read these five important facts that you definitely should know.
1. 9 Out Of 10 Oil Tanks Fail The Leak Test
Whether you have an aboveground or underground tank, testing for leaks is an essential part of maintaining an oil tank. Research has shown that 90 percent of all oil tanks have been shown to fail the leak test. This could be a serious problem if leaks remain unrectified. There are several testing methods to determine whether your oil tank is leaking. These involve both the tank itself and the soil around it. If you identify a leak, remediation work is necessary to remove the contamination threat. It’s important to be aware that homeowners are responsible for environmental damage caused by oil leaks.
2. Water In Your Tank Risks Burner Blowout
Many people are unaware that oil tanks can accumulate water over time. Both leaks and condensation can occur in oil storage tanks. This can lead to water collecting in the bottom of the tank. Water contaminates the fuel, and the end result can be a burner blowout that is extremely expensive to fix. Homeowners should be aware of this and take care before switching on their furnaces.
3. Oil Storage Tanks Only Last For Around 20 Years
Many people are under the misunderstanding that oil storage tanks last forever. However, this is certainly not the case. In fact, the average underground storage tank only lasts for around 20 years. After this period of time has elapsed, it is likely to begin to rust and corrode. Eventually, corrosion leads to leaks and environmental damage that you will be responsible for as the homeowner. If you live in an older property, your oil tank may require replacement. It’s important to be aware of this and to have checks performed if you think your tank is at risk.
4. Your Oil Tank May Have Tiny Holes In It
Many homeowners think that if they can’t spot a problem with their oil storage tank, it must be safe. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Rust and corrosion can be inside the tank with no evidence on the outside. This means that very tiny holes can form in the tank’s outer shell that you cannot see during an inspection. Yet, even though you cannot see them, they can still allow water to penetrate through. This will eventually result in more corrosion and a greater chance of oil leaks to damage the environment. Having professional testing carried out on your oil tank will ensure that these problems are spotted early and rectified quickly.
5. Aboveground Tanks Need Testing Even Sooner
Underground oil storage tanks only last for around 20 years. However, an aboveground tank has a shorter lifespan. Because they are made from a thinner steel than underground tanks, they corrode more quickly. This means that they are more likely to leak at an earlier stage. If you have an aboveground tank, you must have it checked for leaks every 10 years. This will ensure your tank is safe to use and fit for purpose.
All American Environmental can test your tank and soil for leaks and carry out remediation works where necessary. We can also remove old tanks and install new ones safely on your property for your peace of mind. Contact All American Environmental today to learn more and to see if your area is within our NJ service area. Our office is located in Lake Hopatcong, NJ.