Being in the business of providing fuel to consumers means you have a direct responsibility to ensure the fuel you have on your property is properly maintained, adequately delivered and appropriately kept. Throughout the years, underground storage tanks (USTs) naturally have a few problems, and eventually, these components will have to be replaced.
Regular maintenance and service from a qualified petro service is important when you are in the fuel provision business, but you also should know how to spot problems with your equipment so you know when replacements and upgrades are necessary. Here is a look at some of the most common signs that your storage tanks should be replaced.
You See Ongoing Discrepancies in Delivered Fuel Versus Fuel Dispensed
Be especially vigilant about monitoring the fuel delivered versus the fuel dispensed at your place of business. When a fuel leak occurs in an underground tank, usually referred to as a release by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), good inventory control methods will point out the problem when physical signs may not be present.
Underground fuel releases are an environmental hazard even in small amounts, and they can be costly to repair and clean up. Maintaining absolute precision with your monitoring methods is crucial for your business and the environment. Plus, you are required by Texas law to keep some of these records in a clear, accessible way.
You can take steps to make sure you have consistent data to survey regarding your fuel inventory. You should:
- Keep detailed delivery records of refueling dates and quantities
- Keep daily records of fuel dispensation
- Keep a record of manual checks of underground fuel tank levels
Having all of this information readily available helps you point out any discrepancies between how much fuel has been put into your tanks and how much fuel was actually dispensed. If you do spot ongoing discrepancies, it could be a sign that your tank is not only leaking but may also need to be replaced.
You Have No Exact Record of the Tank's Installation Date
In 1988, the EPA began a 10-year-long program that required all fuel providers to replace or upgrade their USTs to more functional and leak-preventing designs. During this time, most outdated tanks were phased out, removed or replaced by owners. If you're business is still using an outdated UST, it is a sure sign that changes should be made.
While those gas stations and fuel providers in operation during that time had to coincide with the new EPA regulations, some places were not in business during that time period, so many USTs were left unchanged. If you purchased your business property with the USTs already in place, it is a possibility that you inherited old tanks that must be replaced.
In most cases, a representative from a professional petro service can take a look at your tank, its setup and configuration and give you a good idea of how old the tank is. They will also be able to tell you if the EPA-required revisions have been met. If you have no detailed record of the USTs age, it is wise to have the tank assessed to ensure you are within the guidelines of the EPA.
When you know how to spot a problem with your business's fuel equipment and underground storage tanks, you will be less likely to sustain costly damages or see profit lost because you have a problem. If you would like to know more about servicing your fuel equipment and underground storage tanks, contact us at R & R Petro Services, Inc. We're happy to address your questions.