The Problem With Underground Storage Tanks
While both tanks are designed to store fluid material, underground storage tanks have more associated problems and a higher cost of operation. Underground storage tanks are subject to shifting and can suffer from the settling of the soil, which can lead to cracks in the tanks. When you're underground tank has a crack, it can be difficult to detect and can cause the leaking of hazardous chemicals into the soil. In addition, the risk of pollution runoff grows to a larger scale if the riser lid isn't properly installed. Simply put, an underground storage tank requires additional equipment to inspect the device as well as clean it.
Aboveground storage tanks offer several advantages over underground storage. The following AST advantages are all money-saving benefits.
Ease Of Monitoring
One of the biggest advantages is the inspection and ease of monitoring. Instead of having to spend money for remote electronic leak detecting and various other testing equipment, aboveground storage tanks alleviate these scenarios. With the ability to simply glance over at the AST installation, facility managers can easily feel at ease. In addition to the piece of mind, AST avoids all of the remediation costs and compliance headaches.
Costs Savings Of AST
When you install an underground storage container, you will pay more because of the installation, maintenance, and removal costs associated with the tank. In addition, underground storage containers require pumping, while ASTs can operate on the flow of gravity. While your cost of installing an AST can vary depending on your landscape, ASTs are generally easier to install than underground tanks. ASTs don't require backfilling, paving, & excavating dirt with the removal of overburden. Installing an AST is as simple as installing the tank on a concrete pad. As a result, the costs of labor are considerably lower, too.
Designed For Expansion
If you feel the fuel needs of your business will grow, you will especially find the low installation costs of an AST to be valuable. If you have an underground tank installation and need to expand, you will have a higher cost associated with the digging and installation. On the other hand, you can install ASTs as you go and avoid the seemingly exponential costs associated with underground tanks.
Although there are benefits to installing an underground storage tank, aboveground tanks seemingly offer several more benefits. If you are in the market for a storage container, contact Glen or Ted at Innovative Fueling Services for a free and professional consultation.