Three Things You Should Know About Above Ground Oil Tanks in NJ

If you have an oil tank or need an oil tank, there is a lot of information you need to know. The first decision you should make regards the type of oil tank you get: above ground or underground. There is more talk about underground tanks because of their environmental risks, they’re harder to maintain and inspect. However, above ground tanks also run the risk of becoming compromised and causing environmental harm. No matter the case, always do your research. We’re here to help! Here are three things you should know about above ground oil tanks in NJ.

Location is Key

Unlike underground oil tanks, you have two location options with above ground oil tanks: inside or outside. Deciding to put an above ground oil tank outside is risky. It will be exposed to many elements that are out of your control. In fact, it’s exposed to more elements than underground tanks. When a tank is underground, it is protected by the soil around it. Above ground tanks are exposed to water, wind and environmental factors such a tree falling and damaging the tank. This puts them at a much greater risk of being damaged.

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If you decide to put your tank inside, you’re taking away the environment risks but you still need to consider the area in which the tank will be place. A garage? Well then you have to be extra careful with your car and other tools in your garage because any slight damage could cause a big problem for your family or property. A basement? Is the basement used at all? You don’t want family members running around or hanging out near the oil tank. Also, if your basement is used for storage make sure nothing is near the tank that could possibly fall and cause damage. Ideally, an above ground tank should be placed somewhere indoors, cool and dry such as an unused basement.

They’re Easier to Inspect

Obviously any above ground tank is easier to get to than underground oil tanks. They’re also easier to maintain because they are visible to you. If something happens to an above ground tank, you’ll be able to see it and be aware of it probably a lot sooner than you would an underground tank. This will allow you to get the problem taken care of right away while with an underground tank, you may only know of a problem during your annual inspection.

They Affect Your Property

Just like with underground tanks, they affect your property value. As noted above, above ground tanks can still become damaged easily making them a property risk. If oil spills, it’s a big expense and a big clean up so property value and insurance rates take that into consideration. The simplicity of the maintenance does not get taken into consideration. Your insurance rates can be increased due to an above ground oil tank and your property value can be decreased.

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If you’re having an issue with your above ground tank, want to install or remove a tank, T. Slack Environmental Services is here to help. We’ve been specializing in tank services and environmental construction for over 30 years so we know how to keep you and your property safe. When it comes to an above ground oil tank in NJ, don’t take your chances. Call a professional for help with any questions you may have. To get started with any environmental projects, give us a call.

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