Installation And Operating Cost
Although costs vary based on the landscape, it is generally much easier to install a tank above ground than below. Aboveground storage tanks (AST) do not require excavating dirt and backfilling, or paving; typically, it's as simple as mounting the tank on a concrete pad. Labor costs are invariably lower.
Low installation costs are particularly valuable if you think your home or business' fuel needs will grow. If you expect to install additional tanks in the future, it's better to to do this quickly and cheaply. You could install several underground tanks, or a compartmentalized tank, from the start, but then you'll have a high cost that are associated with the underground tank system. Your best bet is to install ASTs as needed.
Checking your AST for leaks or signs of damage is as simple as looking at it each day. You can easily prevent leaks before they happen, or stop them quickly when they occur . This will not only save you money, but it will make your business more profits and safer as fuel leaks are a costly to the environment and a potential fire risk.
By contrast, underground tanks require remote electronic leak detection systems and other expensive equipment to determine whether they’re damaged. If a leak does happen on an underground tank, it is a financial and bureaucratic nightmare. Between paying the remediation costs and filling out all the necessary paperwork to demonstrate that the leak has been fixed, underground fuel leaks are almost impossible to resolve. Unless you are certain that leaks won't be a problem, an AST is the better option.
Complying With Regulations
Consumers often believe there are no regulations on ASTs. In fact, aboveground storage tanks are regulated by both the EPA and most state governments. As they are clearly visible and affect property values, they also fall under the sway of many local zoning laws. Make sure you are aware of all environmental and financial regulations before you install a fuel tank of any kind.
That being said, regulations on ASTs are often looser than those which apply to underground tanks. The EPA requires more frequent testing of underground tanks than of ASTs. Similarly, in many jurisdictions, you only need the team that installs your AST to be certified for environmental protection if the tank holds more than 250 gallons; underground tanks, on the other hand, need certified installation if they hold more than 110 gallons.
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