Best Practices in Aboveground Storage Tank Maintenance

Posted on Apr 18 2018 - 1:00am by Ceybizlanka

Silver tanks for storageAboveground storage tanks are crucial to storing an array of supplies, from liquid substances like oil, water, and chemical products, to various gas substances. These pieces of equipment are commonly made of metal and are situated aboveground, hence the name.

Its location, alongside other factors, can contribute to these tanks’ quick deterioration. This, however, should not be the case. To ensure that your tanks last up until their maximum lifespan, you must follow these best practices in maintenance.


Maintenance starts with proper labeling, which is under strict government regulation. All aboveground tanks must be properly labeled, using government-established color and symbol designations.

Through proper labeling, tank personnel do not run the risk of misusing, and consequently, compromising existing tanks, such as in cases of mistaken dispensing.


You must consistently check aboveground tanks for rainwater or debris accumulation, which you should eliminate as soon as noticed. This not only prolongs the equipment’s lifespan but also accomplishes safety standards.

Regular inspection.

Even in the presence of an electronic monitoring system, your personnel must still conduct regular inspections if only to address those problems that evade machine detection. Aside from this, another best practice is teaming up with a third-party inspector for unbiased and expert tank checkups.

Accurate record-keeping.

Tank inspection should be governed by a strict schedule. This is where proper and accurate record keeping comes in. Personnel must know which parts should be checked daily, monthly, or quarterly.

Strict subscription to this practice will allow proactive treatment of potential problems that could compromise tank integrity.

Aside from the tips above, aboveground storage tanks personnel must also learn proper vehicle and equipment fueling as well as prescribed outdoor handling of material.

These processes directly affect tank integrity as well. Compliance with these practices will ensure that your storage tanks will perform well and perform for as long as they were designed to.