Underground Tank Installation: The Straight Scoop

Underground tanks offer many benefits for those who need to store large quantities of liquids. They are less likely to leak, and they utilize space better than above-ground tanks. However, you should know a few things before installing an underground tank.

Here are some frequently asked questions about underground tank installation.

How Long Does It Take to Install an Underground Tank?

The time it takes to install an underground tank depends on the tank size and the soil conditions. Tank sizes can range from a few hundred to several thousand gallons. The bigger the size, the longer it will take to install. A bigger tank will need to be buried deeper underground, so more time will be spent excavating the hole.

But excavation isn't the only thing that'll take time. Tank installation also involves putting in a concrete foundation and backfill. The backfill is the process of filling in the hole around the tank. This is important because it prevents the tank from shifting and sinking, so a bigger tank will likely take up more time.

As for soil conditions, it's important to know what the ground is made of before installation. Different soils have different properties, and some soils are more difficult to work with than others. For example, soft soil is easier to excavate, but it's also more likely to collapse. The tank installation expert might need more time to reinforce the tank if it's installed in soft soil.

Harder soils, however, are more difficult to excavate but offer better support for the tank. Here, the contractor might take longer to excavate since the process is more labor-intensive. But it'll be worth it in the end because the tank will be installed on a firmer foundation.

Where Should You Place Your Tank?

When it comes to tank installation, placement is key. The tank needs to be installed in an area that won't be disturbed and where there's enough space for excavation. It's also important to make sure the tank is installed at a safe distance from any buildings or trees. This is because the excavation process can damage nearby structures, and tree roots can grow into the tank and damage the tank.

The tank also needs to be installed on a level surface. This is important for a few reasons. First, it helps to prevent the tank from shifting and sinking. A level surface also makes it easier to fill and empty the tank. Second, a level surface is much easier to excavate than an uneven one, so there won't be many delays during installation.

It's also important to make sure the tank is installed in an area with good drainage. This helps prevent water from seeping into the tank and damaging it. Finally, the tank needs to be installed in an area that's accessible for maintenance and repairs. Underground tanks will occasionally need to be cleaned or repaired, so it helps to have easy access to the tank. 

Contact a company like Eaton Sales & Service to learn more.