Renting an oil tank is not easy, especially if it's your first time doing this. This is because there are multiple types of oil tanks available for hire so you must consider some things to ensure you get the right oil tank that will offer you value for your money. Therefore, when looking for an oil tank, here are some things you may need to know first.
Evaluate The Material First
Oil tanks come in three major material options: steel, fibreglass, and plastic. Steel oil tanks are relatively cheaper compared to tanks made from the other materials, which is why they are among the most sought after types of oil tanks. Unfortunately, the major concern of steel oil tanks is that they tend to corrode after some time particularly when installed outdoors. Fibreglass and plastic don't have similar concerns but are usually priced slightly higher. An even better option would be to consider a combination or double-walled tank. With these tanks, the oil will sit inside a plastic tank, which is enclosed in a strong outer wall, usually made from galvanised steel (to minimise the corrosion effects). The strength of steel outside offers extra protection to the tank while being able to resist corrosion.
Think About Where to Install Your Tank
Identify an installation location for your oil tank before hiring one because it may affect the choice of tank you will need. You can install your oil tanks outside or inside. If you prefer an outdoor location, perhaps because you don't have enough space indoors, you can have the tank installed underground or above the ground. Oil tanks that are most likely to be installed underground are those that are most susceptible to deterioration from things such as corrosion. Usually, these are tanks that have been in operation for a considerable number of years. However, underground oil tanks are often not a good idea. This is because detecting leakages and spillages will not be easy. In addition, conducting routine maintenance inspections will be a challenge. In some cases, you may even have to acquire a planning permission to have your oil tank installed underground. To avoid this kind of hassle, an above ground oil tank is preferable. However, remember that outdoor oil tanks are most vulnerable to the elements and even issues of vandalism.
If you have enough space indoors, such as in your garage, basement, or utility room where you can install the oil tank, you will need a secondary containment too. This may even be a requirement by law so make sure you find out from your oil tank rental company. The containment is usually needed to prevent any potential hazards in case of an oil leakage or spillage.Share
19 April 2017
Hello, my name is Richard and I own a medium-sized industrial unit in Sydney, Australia. I only started the business a few months ago, so I am not a professional in any sense of the word. Before I could set the business going, I had to kit out the new factory with equipment. I didn't have a clue where to source the best equipment or how to get the best deal. Thankfully, my brother-in-law is worked in manufacturing for many years. He came along with me when we viewed the equipment and got me the very best stuff. I decided to start this blog to help others who are just starting out.