Five Reasons Your Oil Tank Could Be Leaking

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January 8th, 2021

Fuel tank leaks are a major issue. They can risk your family’s health, cause ecological damage, and increase the cost of your utilities. If your tank has a leak, it’s important that you work with a fuel tank professional immediately to resolve the issue and mitigate the risk of damage. It’s also important to understand the causes of oil tank leaks, so you can not only work to prevent them but recognize the signs of a leak before it becomes a disaster. Here are five of the most common reasons your oil tank may be leaking.

 Your Tank Is Corroded

Corrosion is the biggest cause of oil tank leaks. Oil tanks are made of metal, so water can lead to corrosion. If there is water in the tank or the water table is too high around the tank it can cause corrosion. Corrosion degrades the tank material and the seams, leading to small holes and cracks that the oil can leak out of into the ground.

Your Tank Is Poorly Built

Another factor that may be causing your oil tank to leak is poor quality. Not all tanks are manufactured under the same quality guidelines or with high-quality materials. Sometimes when a tank is poorly made, it reduces the lifespan of the tank and makes it extremely vulnerable to leaks and damage.

Your Tank Has Loose Connections

One of the other biggest culprits of oil tank leaks is loose connections. Oil tanks have a very complex system of input, storage, and output. These require connectors to be secure and in good condition to avoid leaks. If a connector is loose or even degraded, oil leaks can appear. That’s why professional inspectors always do a close examination of connectors when inspecting an oil tank.

 There Is Bacteria In Your Tank

Bacteria can enter your tank a number of ways but are mostly the result of water build up in your tank. No matter how they enter your tank though, bacteria can be very harmful. They can cause corrosion and eat into the metal. This can lead to cracks and holes in the tank that can cause severe leaking over time. Bacterial growth is another reason you must be very vigilant about water entering your fuel tank.

 Your Tank Was Improperly Installed

Finally, if a tank was improperly installed it can cause leaks. Whether the tank was not properly fitted with connections, was installed in an area with too much risk of water damage, or was just simply installed incorrectly; improper installation not only puts you at risk for leaks but can put you at risk for issues that lead to leaks. So when you have your fuel tank installed, it is essential that you work with a qualified professional to avoid leaks down the line.

Regardless of the underlying cause of your fuel tank leak, Meridian Environmental Services Inc. can help. Our expert team will inspect your tank and put together a solution to address the cause of the leak. Give us a call at 1-833-647-4472