Many companies have fuel tanks on site. We understand why. Some companies need backup generators, by choice or by law, while other companies just want to have extra fuel on site for the times they need the generator.
Whatever the case may be, fuel tanks age. Even the best-maintained fuel tank succumbs to gradual decay. EPAC Environmental Services, Inc. can perform all of your fuel tank services today. Read on for tips on what to do if you are thinking about removing your fuel tank.
Do Your Research
Fuel tank removal can be a costly process. It may be a good idea to search for how long your fuel tank is expected to last. Having a good record of when your fuel tank was serviced can also be helpful. If you have a clear idea of what sort of problems you have been having, it can help you decide whether to maintain your fuel tank or remove it.
Sometimes, the problem is not so bad that it requires removing the fuel tank entirely. Certain issues can be fixed. This depends on your specific circumstances, but it is something that you should look into.
Get a Permit
Many cities such as Boca Raton, Aventura, and Miami, require special permits to remove a fuel tank. Some of these permits have further requirements. For example, you may have to attach a sketch of the site, as well as any locations adjacent to the area.
There are many regulations concerning fuel tank removal. They vary depending on the city and county of its location. This is a good opportunity to research what, or who, you will need to assist you in this task. In many locations, an inspector will need to verify that the process has been done according to the rules and regulations upon completion.
Make Sure You are Removing the Fuel Tank Safely
This is closely related to the previous step. Even if there are regulations in place, it may be a good idea to go above and beyond them. Fuel can spill and contaminate your property very quickly. This leads to more expenses to clean up the spillage. Sound methodologies must be used to contain and transfer the fuel carefully. It is entirely possible for the fuel in an old tank to be transferred to your new tank. This will depend on the age of the fuel and if it has been maintained over the years. Transfer can be done using a pump and hoses so that none of the fuel is wasted. This should be done in a controlled manner to avoid any spills on the property.
Hire a Specialist
Fuel tank removal involves plans, permits, paperwork, and logistically can be intricate and very involved, specialized work. You may find it useful to hire a consulting firm for the work. This can take a very serious load off of your plate and will ultimately be profitable for your business.
Fuel Tank Disposal
After the fuel tank has been removed and the fuel emptied, the inside of the tank has to be pressure washed with the wash water taken offsite by a vacuum truck. The old tank can then be disposed of properly in a scrap metal facility.