Do you have an oil tank buried under your backyard? Concerns about older (pre-1990) tank rupturing and leakage have made underground oil tanks a huge liability, especially if you are planning on buying or selling a home (basically, tanks made 20 years ago were not made with the same safety precautions as newer tanks, meaning they are far more susceptible to hazardous conditions present under the soil).
If you have an underground oil tank in your backyard, call James A. Wheat & Sons! Although we can’t remove an underground tank, we can install an indoor or above ground oil tank for you.
Above ground tanks are generally preferred to underground oil tanks because they are much safer – there are numerous risks associated with underground oil tanks, including:
Degradation: while oil tanks are designed to last about 30 years, shifting soil, water and electrical charges in the ground can all speed up the degradation process. In addition, any leaks or cracks in your underground oil tank will cause oil to seep directly into the soil (and they will be much more difficult to detect!).
Water: not only is there a risk of oil leaking out of your tank, there is also a risk of water leaking INTO your tank. While many underground oil tanks have water traps below the oil to catch water that sinks, there is still a serious risk of water getting into the tank and then freezing, impairing your oil tank’s operation.
If you have an underground oil tank in your backyard, and you want to replace it with a new above ground oil tank, call James A. Wheat & Sons today! We can make sure that your new above ground oil tank is installed properly and safely.