Above ground fuel storage

Exploring the Pros and Cons of Above- Ground Fuel Storage

When you are deciding whether to store fuel in above-ground tanks, there are a lot of points to consider. There are pros and cons, along with risks and costs of using above-ground tanks to store your fuel until you need it. Let’s review some of those today!


Costs Incurred With Above-Ground Fuel Storage

Installing and using above-ground tanks is considerably less expensive than installing underground tanks. You do have to allow for esthetic concerns, but the installation process is faster and less expensive. When it’s time for maintenance, having your tank above ground makes that less expensive as well.


The Risks Factors for Leaks and Contamination

It’s easier to spot a leak or other trouble in an above-ground tank and remedy the situation before damage to water, soil, and local ecosystems occur. However, and this may be obvious, the above-ground tank is more likely to be damaged since it is open and above ground.


Threats From Vandalism

Above-ground tanks require more hands-on security than underground tanks. Putting more security systems in place… lighting, video, and alarms will be necessary to protect your fuel supply from vandalism or theft.


Damage From the Elements

Above-ground tanks are more susceptible to damage caused by the elements. This is one of the reasons you will spend more on repairs and maintenance on your above-ground tank. Exposure to the weather may cause your above-ground tanks to wear down and need replacement faster than tanks that are buried underground.


Risks from Fire and Explosion

Although fires and explosions can occur in both types of tanks, the above-ground tank is at a higher risk of this happening. Because of this disadvantage, above-ground tanks are subject to tougher local regulations.

You should outfit your above-ground tanks with a vapor recovery system, which will lessen the risk of explosion and fire. When your tank is exposed to pressure and tension, it is more likely to explode, so these must be regulated.


When It’s Time to Move

Maybe this is too obvious, but if you need to move things around on the site, your above-ground tank will be easier to move than one that you’ve buried underground.

Best Use of Space

If you have limited land with your business, it doesn’t make sense to store excess fuel in above-ground tanks, when it can be stored underground, and free up that space for other purposes.


Is Your Tank Looking Good?

It’s hard to “dress up” your fuel storage tank to make it look appealing. Sure, you can put an enclosure around it, but you will not be able to make it disappear. This is a problem that doesn’t apply to underground tanks.


Which Type of Fuel Storage Tank is Best for You?

Okay, we have exposed some things that you might consider when you are making fuel storage decisions. The ideal tank for you is the one that fits your priorities, based on cost, security, and functionality. If you need help with your decision, please contact us at Clean Fuel Associates, and we will be happy to make a recommendation for you!

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