Increasing the Life Expectancy of Your Oil Storage Tank

Storage Tanks

There are several ways to reduce the risks of an oil tank leak or a failure caused by mechanical damage, corrosion or rust. Below are recommendations to extend your API 650 tank construction, whether it is for buried, underground and aboveground oil storage tanks:

Examine the oil tank

Check for recognizable proofs of leakage at the tank bottom and steams. This is because oil tanks usually fail due to corrosion in areas where water could reside. If your tank already has physical signs of breakage, is old, drips, seeps or experiences perforation, then you should probably replace it.

Get rid of oil tank water

Determine if there is water in the tank and remove it by pumping it out if you already see more than an inch or so. Use an oil tank additive to disperse small amounts of water. Keep in mind that water in your tank is a huge contributor to tank internal corrosion.

Eliminate oil tank sludge

High amounts of sludge in your oil storage tank could cause failures in your oil burner, filter and piping, which could cause loss plenty of heat. You can manage small levels of sludge by enhancing the size of your oil filter and using dispersants.

Otherwise, you can hire the services of professionals to remove sludge from oil storage tanks.

Moreover, you need to paint and protect aboveground oil tanks from water and mechanical damage. You also have to protect underground oil tanks from corrosion and water, as well as, set up oil tank leak detectors and overfill prevention devices within the tanks.

Remember the above suggestions to extend the life span of your oil storage tank. Save your finances from the stresses of getting a new one by knowing how to take care of your old one properly.


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