Hazards from Underground Storage Tanks

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Question #1: Do you have an underground storage tank in your property? If you do, are you sure that it is not leaking?

Question #2: Are you buying a new home or property that has a storage tank buried somewhere? Did the previous owner or real estate agent tell you about this?

If you have a buried storage tank at home, make sure to have it tested by a tank specialist. If best you should have it removed. Do you know that an underground tank is a potential economical and environmental hazard?

When you are shopping for a new home or property, make sure to ask the owner or real estate agent about any buried storage tanks. If there is, don’t proceed to buy the property unless they have it removed. It is their responsibility to have the tank removed. You wouldn’t want to face potential financial and environmental headaches, do you?

Underground Storage Tanks: The Dangers Underneath

There have been many cases of people who had faced the dilemma of leaking and contaminated underground tanks in their property. It did not only contaminate groundwater supply and damage their neighbours’ property, but it also emptied their pockets. The extent of the contamination, the damage and the cleanup pose a great financial crisis to the tank owner.

Are you aware of the oil spills that took place around the world? It does not only happen on open water, but on land too.

Many Underground Storage Tanks are made of bare steel and are buried without protection. These tanks happened to store hazardous liquids, petroleum products primarily such as diesel, gasoline and kerosene. When the tanks get corroded, its contents begin to leak. If you know the effects oil spills brought on bodies of water, you get the idea how oil leakages in land can destroy soil.

As it leaks out of the tank, the petroleum will sink through the unsaturated soil and enter the groundwater sources. There, the chemical will eventually vaporise and bubble up through the ground surface. The groundwater supply is then contaminated, but the disaster is just only the beginning.

You know petroleum products are highly flammable liquids. Leaking oil presents the risk of fire and explosion. There is one case in Manila, Philippines, where the oil pipes leaked under a condominium building. The fumes were collected at the underground basement. Because of the risk of a fire or explosion, the occupants had to be evacuated.

The BTEX compounds (benzene, toluene, ethlybenzene and xylenes) are hazardous chemicals found in petroleum products. They make the air dangerous to breathe, and it is dangerous to drink water contaminated with such compounds. They cause damage to the kidneys, liver and the central nervous system.

If you are an owner of a leaking tank, you have no choice but to have your tank tested and removed if found contaminated. Of course, you will be the one who will defray expenses for the cleanup. You will also have to pay for the damages your leaking tank cause on neighbours’ property. Your financial woes will add if your insurance company refuses to cover domestic oil damage.

Underground Storage Tanks are regulated but many of these tanks were buried many years ago before regulations were enacted. As they remained underneath the ground, they have become an environmental hazard, a risk to public health and safety and a financial headache. Are you safe from such problems?



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Cody Hartung is a Tank Installation Consultant form Australia and currently writing some artile about his niche'd. To learn more about him please visit Underground Tank Removal and also try to visit www.ancfoster.com.au

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This article was published on 2012/02/24