There are a lot of decisions you have to make when it’s your first time to install an oil storage tank for your home. And it’s crucial that you understand what you’re doing because oil is a volatile liquid, which means that at a certain temperature called the flash point, it will produce flames. Of course, it won’t explode, but this liquid is nonetheless a tricky substance that you have to contain properly. Oil tanks serve this purpose, with the double shell kind, called bunded oil tanks, being the best one to use in most scenarios.
If you’re new to storage tank installations, there are some questions you need to answer first during the important planning stage: how large is the household you need to supply oil to? Is there a watercourse or manhole near the potential location of the oil tank? Can suitable protection to the oil tank be provided?
The first question is for the capacity of the oil tank you need to get. The average US household needs a tank that can hold around 300 gallons of oil. This tank should never hold less than a fourth of this capacity at any time to avoid hiccups in the boiler’s operation. Also, this size is suitable for a good refueling schedule.
The second question is for safety and environmental concerns. If you’re going to buy a single skin oil tank, be aware that besides damage to the shell, leaks could happen during refueling, caused by the off chance that refuelers would mishandle their equipment and other such incidents. During a spill, it is important for none of the oil to enter a water supply, as this is hazardous to the household and the environment in general.
The third question deals with the issue of theft and damage caused by the elements. Single skin oil tanks are at a disadvantage here, compared to bunded oil tanks that are thicker and also have a secondary containment system that would serve as a failsafe for spills.
For commercial use, bunded oil tanks are the way to go. One can last you about 30 years with proper shade and maintenance, and they are sturdier compared to the competition. They are also great when bought in wholesale. Not just for the discount, but for the similarity in manufacturer specifications, too. Because of this, they are easier to inspect and maintain.
You don’t need to worry so much when you get bunded oil tanks for your oil storage installation, as compared to single skin oil tanks that are easier to damage, to spill, and to steal from. Choosing a bunded tank might not be a question at all if you live in a country or state that requires the use of sturdier and well-protected tanks at a certain capacity.
Sure, bunded oil tanks cost more, but getting them in wholesale would save you some money, especially if you’ll be installing them for a commune. The added longevity and safety from water pollution due to spills are also a plus. These are the reasons why you should consider the use of these heavily protected tanks in your installation. They will cost more, but they will save you a lot of money and trouble in the long run.