Abandoned Oil Tank
Abandoned Oil Tank carrying by crane truck

Heating systems are considered vital for cold areas like the state of New Jersey. To ensure an effective heating system, especially during the winter, residential and commercial property owners invest in oil tanks that serve as storage for their oil supply. However, one common problem that owners are faced with while maintaining an oil tank is the potential of corrosion. 

Corrosion often happens from the inside, while outside surfaces seemingly remain untouched, which is why property owners are often late in making essential repairs, consequently requiring a more complex oil tank removal Newark service. Because of this, experts have identified three main factors commonly affecting the life of oil tanks. In order to maintain an optimal heating system at home, you might want to check in on these factors from time to time:

THE MATERIALS USED. One of the major factors that can affect an oil tank’s lifespan is the materials it was made with. The majority of oil tanks are either made from 12- or 14-gauge steel. The latter is less thick and is said to have an average longevity of 10-15 years when placed outdoors, regardless of whether it is installed above-ground or underground. Meanwhile, oil tanks made from 12-gauge steel last roughly five years longer if installed outdoors and tack on an additional 5 years if installed indoors. 

Newer oil tank models that have been introduced to the market utilize fiberglass or plastic in place of steel, and, with proper care and maintenance, can last up to 50 years. 

THE INSTALLATION. The second major factor affecting an oil tank’s lifespan involves the quality of its installation. More often than not, common corrosion in underground oil tanks stems from structural tank damage sustained during the installation process, especially if the tank’s lines and vents were poorly welded and sealed.

The use of heavy machinery required during installation can cause additional damage. There is a significantly higher likelihood of damage while installing a unit underground instead of aboveground. 

THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS. Even aboveground oil tanks installed indoors can experience untimely corrosion due to temperature instability. The inevitable condensation on the oil tank’s interior can produce water that corrodes the steel material, therefore compromising the unit. It should be noted that outdoor oil tanks are more susceptible to such damage.  

Leaks caused by corrosion, regardless of their severity, must be immediately reported to an oil tank removal company in order to avoid serious hazards including fire and other damage. Even small leaks will require oil tank removal to avoid contamination and carry out necessary repairs or replacements. In the case of underground oil tanks, soil testing may be required to detect potential contamination. These are services that only skilled professionals like us in ____ can provide. 

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