There are many considerations when choosing between an aboveground or underground model fuel storage tank. Each has its pros and cons. Here’s everything you need to know about aboveground fuel tanks to help you decide.
Aboveground Fuel Tanks
Aboveground fuel tanks (AST) have seen a spike in popularity recently due to their lower upfront and long-term maintenance costs. They are cheaper to install than underground tanks because you don’t have to pay for deep excavation, backfilling, and more involved piping pavement.
Aboveground fuel tanks are also easier to maintain than below ground ones. They can be checked for leaks and accessed easily for repairs, which is why aboveground fuel tanks are the preferred choice for the storage of chemicals and fuels.
However, depending on where you live, you may or may not be eligible for an aboveground fuel tank. Make sure to check your local ordinances and fire codes! In order to qualify for an aboveground fuel tank, you should be able to answer the follow questions in the affirmative:
- Is an AST allowed per zoning regulations? If not, might a variance be possible?
- Do you possess enough land to accommodate your tanks?
- Can you meet the necessary EPA regulations?
- Can you add enough spill prevention to avoid a possible fuel tank explosion?
- Do you have a plan for preventing vandalism and theft?
- Will the design be the most efficient method of material storage and transfer?
If you answered no to any of these questions, then an underground fuel tank may be better for your specific needs.
Possible Aboveground Storage Tank Uses
Aboveground storage tanks have several possible uses beyond just acting containers for fuel, including:
- Potable Water Storage
- Oil Water Separators
- Chemical Storage
- Stormwater Reclamation
- Fuel Oil Day Tank Systems (With Pumps and Controls)
- ASME/Hydropneumatic Systems
- Bladder Tanks
- Blowdown Tanks
- Chilled Water Buffer Tanks
- Wastewater Storage
- Fire Suppression/Protection Systems
- Petroleum/Fuel Oil Storage
- Alternative Fuel Systems (E-85 and Biodiesel)
- Emergency Generator Fuel Oil Systems
- Epoxy Lined Storage Tanks
- Expansion Tanks
- Surge Tanks
Underground Storage Tank
An Underground storage tank (UST) is one with at least 10% of it’s stored volume buried underground. Underground fuel tanks being used to store hazardous fuels or materials are regulated and must be registered with the EPA.
Underground fuel tanks represent a great choice for those looking to maximize their property value and/or space. They can be put underneath driveways and lawns, never to be seen. They are also, arguably, safer because they have very little chance of explosion. On the other hand, they also have an increased chance of leaks and of creating pollution because they can’t be inspected as often.
So, if you go with an underground tank, make sure you do it right the first time and install all of the preventative leak-materials.
To rent or install an efficient and environmentally friendly aboveground fuel tank, give us a call today at (954) 974-7055.