Aboveground Tank Installations

Aboveground Tank Installations

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Whether you need to replace a tank or install a new one in your business, CommTank has the knowledge, experience and high-quality products you’re looking for in tank installations in Massachusetts. Fuel oil must be stored and used safely and responsibly, be protected from fire risk, and contained so as to prevent pollution. Aboveground tanks are not only used to store oil for heating systems, but can provide fuel storage for emergency generators, vehicles, and machinery. With years of experience installing tanks in different commercial locations, our staff can answer questions on tank regulations and offer solutions you may not have thought of.

Please refer to these tank product pages to learn about the sizes and accessories that are available.

Safe oil storage solutions

To minimize the risk of an oil spill, commercial oil tanks should have secondary containment. This can either be a tank with an integrated containment wall, or a separate construction around the tank. Either method that is used must be capable of holding 110% of the tanks contents. An aboveground horizontal shelter is one method of securing your tanks contents. Or if space is a concern then vertical double wall tanks are the best method of storing petroleum, chemicals, and hazardous waste. Dike tanks have secondary containment tubs that typically have rain shields when installed outside and provide up to 150% spill containment. Single wall tanks can be installed with concrete secondary containment enclosures, or can be installed around existing tanks to meet new safety requirements. Cylindrical fuel oil tanks are designed for outdoor use or in a crawl space, but can also be installed for indoor use. All enclosures and tanks are UL-142 labeled and meet the NFPA 30 code.

Modern storage tanks come in all shapes and sizes

With improved manufacturing techniques, it’s now possible to build double wall tanks in any size and shape. Advances in technology have resulted in the manufacture of tanks made with corrosion-resistant linings, and tanks with double wall protection provide the ultimate insurance. Rain shields, access ladders, spill containments, and leak detection systems are a few of the accessories available on aboveground tanks. CommTank offers a labor warranty that’s unique in the industry – a two-year warranty that starts on the day of installation. And we give you access to the best tank manufacturers in the business: Highland Tank and Pryco, Inc.

Highland Tanks are constructed and tested in accordance with UL-142 Standard for Steel Aboveground Tanks for Flammable and Combustible liquids. Highland’s aboveground tanks are available in cylindrical, rectangular, single-walled, double-walled, and fire-rated designs. Highland aboveground tanks are designed and engineered to meet the demanding needs of many industries. They provide a sensible and safe solution to the storage of petroleum products and chemicals at bulk plants, transportation facilities, industrial sites, and military and commercial airports.

Pryco manufactures Day Tanks and Sub Base Tanks that are offered in standard and trim models, as well as single or double wall. Certified welders fabricate all Pryco Day Tanks using heavy gauge steel. Pryco’s equipment is used in sophisticated fuel systems for emergency, stand-by, co-generation power systems, and boiler fuel systems.

CommTank’s methodology for fuel tank installations

  • A project manager will visit your location to measure the space where the new tank will be installed, and the distance from the proposed location to the boiler, furnace, or generator. The location for fill and vent pipes will also be measured to the new tank for proper pipe estimating.
  • For aboveground tanks, the floor under the proposed oil tank location must be sufficient to support the weight of the tank. We’ll make sure it complies with ASTM A615 Grade 60 or ASTM A706 Grade 60, and the ACI Standard.
  • Determine whether bollards are required to protect the tank from vehicles.
  • If secondary containment is required a steel or concrete dike can be built on site.
  • We will submit a plan and get it approved by the town or city.
  • Depending on the size, we’ll deliver and place the new tank with a forklift, boom truck, or crane.
  • When large tanks are being installed, we will size the supply and return lines based on the consumption requirements. Boilers and generators are usually installed with steel lines between 3/4 to 2 inches. The city or town fire department may require double wall piping to protect the lines in case of fire or a leak.
  • Install the tank, vent line, overfill protection, and spill containment bucket on the fill pipe if required.
  • Depending on the size, your tank can be ordered with supports such as skids, legs, stabilizers or saddles. Custom legs can be welded to meet elevation requirements.
  • Fuel management systems can be installed if needed. Remote fill ports are also used if access to the tank is in a hard to reach location for the fuel supply truck.

For more examples of our work please see the aboveground tank installations projects section of our web site.

Contact CommTank today for expert aboveground tank installations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire: 1-800-628-8260