Underground fuel storage tanks (USTs) need to be replaced over time, just like other equipment. The average lifespan of a UST is about 25 years. When a tank is nearing its retirement, you will find corrosion, leaks, and other issues. Buying a new one is a considerable investment, so there are some things you should consider before choosing one.
Know the regulations
If this is your first time replacing a fuel tank, that could mean you weren’t there for the initial installation. In cases like this, the regulations regarding USTs have probably changed. You should be familiar with the newest rules and regulations to be sure the one you choose meets them.
Choose the right fuel tank for your needs
When it comes to fuel storage tanks, there are a lot of options available. There are different shapes, sizes, and materials to think about. USTs are made from steel or fiberglass. Steel is the better choice if your operation is located in an area with extreme weather that affects ground stability. Fiberglass has the benefit of preventing corrosion in any environment, but they can be more costly to install.
Talk to your supplier about costs
Your fuel tank supplier should be your first resource for information about a new UST. They will be able to help you decide which choices may be right for your operations and let you know about all of the associated costs. You will need to pay for the tank, but there are likely other fees like installation, to consider.
Look at products that can enhance your fuel storage tank
Your supplier should give you the highest-quality fuel storage tanks possible. But, they may also have additional products that can enhance their capabilities. For example, some can help prevent leaks and water intrusion, which can extend the life of the storage tank and reduce maintenance costs.
Prepare for owning and operating a new fuel storage tank
Getting and operating a new UST won’t be much different than using your old tank, as long as maintenance wasn’t a huge issue. Make sure the supplier who installs your new storage tank inspects and tests it before leaving. You should also discuss a regular schedule for preventative maintenance.
High-quality fuel products and services
If you’re looking for a new fuel storage tank, or related Products and Services, Kendrick Oil Company can help. We provide services in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Louisiana. Give us a call at (800) 299-3991 or Contact one of our professionals for more information.