If you have an oil tank at home around your business, it likely falls into one of two categories: aboveground tanks or underground tanks. Each of these variants has its differences, and we want to go over these differences with you today. Keep reading to learn more about the lives of aboveground and underground tanks.
What’s Different About Them?
Given the names of these tanks, one main difference might be obvious. Aboveground tanks are kept above the surface, while underground tanks get buried beneath the surface. Since aboveground tanks can be installed right on the surface, it eases the installation process, unlike underground tanks, which require the ground to be excavated in order to find a suitable place to install them.
Underground tanks tend to hold the edge in storage capacity because you don’t have to use up any space around your landscape. You need to be careful with these tanks, though, because they are more likely to experience oil spills as a result of leaking from the supply lines that are used to keep the tank full. These tanks come in fiberglass and steel varieties. If you have a steel tank, it can be vulnerable to rusting and corroding, while fiberglass variants don’t have this issue.
Aboveground tanks, on the other hand, offer lower storage capacity. Fortunately, you can install them in a variety of areas, like garages and basements. While these tanks are designed with weather conditions in mind, they can still get damaged as well. With aboveground tanks, though, you can at least access them more easily, meaning you’ll know when damage has occurred.
How Both Tanks Experience Rusting
Aboveground and underground tanks, over time, will begin to experience rusting. It’s best when you can identify this problem early on because you can get your tank replaced that much sooner. As for how rusting occurs, it’s usually as a result of condensation within your tank. This results in water buildup, which slowly eats away at your tank until it eventually starts to leak and cause harm to the surrounding environment. Rusting is a scary problem because it often happens from the inside of your tank, meaning you won’t be able to tell it’s happening if you’re only looking at your tank from the outside.
What to Do If Your Tank Starts Rusting
If you have noticed that your tank has begun to rust on the outside, that means the inside can only be worse. It is only a matter of time before you have an oil leak in your home or underground. The cost of having our team complete an oil remediation whether it be for an above ground or below ground tank far outweighs the cost of replacement. Don’t wait until it is too late. If you’re already in need of a replacement tank, you should get into contact with a company that can find you the perfect crew to remove your old tank and fit your business with a new one. The longer a leaking tank goes unaddressed, the more harm it can cause, whether it’s harm to your wallet, or harm to the surrounding environment.
Call AEG Environmental for Oil Tank Removal Services
AEG Environmental has over 20 years of experience removing old and weathered storage tanks. We’ll make sure we put you in contact with a company that can fit you with a new and reliable oil tank. For more information about our oil tank removal services, please contact us today!