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GAS TANK BURIAL

Advantages of Gas Tank Burial

Aside from the obvious reason that underground storage tanks (USTs) are easier on the eyes, you may also choose to have your gas tank buried because USTs are usually less susceptible to fire or explosion, and they may have less complicated venting requirements than aboveground tanks. USTs are also used when on-site fuel blending is needed, which can help to conserve fossil fuels and reduce gas emissions.

Gas tanks are usually buried deep enough that the top of the tank is no less than about 20 inches beneath the surface of the soil, but an access panel will still be visible above ground. This small panel is used for filling the gas tank, inspections, and general maintenance. Newer tanks are also coated to prevent damage from rust or plants that can compromise the tank, resulting in gas contaminating the ground.

 

Things to Consider

If your home already has a buried gas tank, there are a few things you should consider. First, unlike newer tanks, tanks that were used up until the mid-80s were not coated. If you have one of these bare steel tanks, corrosion could be a problem, which allows gas to leak into the environment. This can create hazardous fire and explosion risks and could also contaminate ground water. Home owners with older tanks need to have the tank inspected, and if necessary removed and replaced. Failure to do so could result in fines and remediation levied by the Environmental Protection Agency to restore the health of the ground surrounding the tank.

Other problems, like poor maintenance and improper usage, could lead to leaks in USTs, so if you have not had your existing underground tank inspected, we recommend that you do that immediately.

If you have questions or concerns about your existing tank, of if you are considering a new gas tank burial, give us a call. Once of our certified technicians can perform an inspection and make recommendations for the most efficient gas tank burial options for your Myrtle Beach home or business.

Gas Tank Burial
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