What are the advantages of an above ground fuel storage tank?

When it comes to Above Ground Fuel Storage tanks, safety is of the upmost importance. When choosing the right storage container for your fuel storage needs, whether it is gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel or any other type of fuel, Above Ground Fuel Tanks (AST) are the safest option. They pose far less risk than underground storage tanks (UST), thus why they are recommended worldwide. Having an Above Ground Fuel Storage tank extends beyond safety, however there are advantages of having an above ground fuel storage tank, some of those advantages are listed below.





  • Early Detection of Leaks – The biggest advantage of an Above Ground Fuel Storage Tank is that visual inspections are possible. If you have an underground storage tank, a leak can go undetected for a significant amount of time because it cannot be visually inspected for signs of corrosion or damage. Homeowners and business owners with leaking underground storage tanks usually only catch the leak when they observe that the ground is damp or is emitting a smell at which point a significant amount of contamination has already taken place. With an Above Ground Fuel Storage Tank, you can spot the warning signs of a leak early and address it much sooner.
  • Easy Access for Inspections & Replacement – Since above ground tanks are installed in locations that are easy to access such as parking lots, beside storage buildings and so forth, they can be regularly inspected and replaced easily. The ease of replacement is especially valuable for commercial purposes, as fuel demands for a business can increase as the business expands. With an Above Ground Fuel Storage Tank, you don’t have the large cost of excavation or back filling. Therefore, upgrading to an Above Ground Fuel Storage Tank is significantly less expensive. An Above Ground Fuel Storage Tank can also be easily transported to another location if your business or family moves.
  • Less Expensive Cleanup Costs – Early detection and ease of access mean less expensive cleanup costs if a leak occurs in your tank. When a storage tank leaks, the property owner is liable. You are required to promptly cleanup pollution that has spread to any surface bodies of water, nearby drinking water, and all contaminated soil. You are even responsible for the cost of cleaning up any pollution that has spread to other properties. If you regularly inspect your Above Ground Fuel Storage Tank and act as soon as a potential leak is noticed, the amount of environmental harm and contaminated surface area will be significantly less than that of an underground fuel storage system. Above Ground Fuel Storage Tanks are mounted on a cement slab normally, so this will also help to prevent the quick spread of contamination and reduce the amount of remediation in case of a leak.
  • Longer Lifespan – An additional advantage of an Above Ground Fuel Storage Tank is that it has a longer lifespan than an underground fuel storage tank. Eventually, all storage tanks will begin to corrode and need to be replaced but underground storage tanks are more susceptible to corrosion. The process of corrosion is sped up by moisture in the soil and other factors such as certain types of backfill and the soil’s pH acidity. Above Ground Fuel Storage tanks are not affected by these factors which allows them to have a longer lifespan.


The photo above was a costly removal of a leaking Underground Storage Tank (UST). The EPA was involved and station is still inoperable.

All our Envirosafe Above Ground Fuel Storage Tanks come backed by a 30-year written warranty from The Steel Tank Institute. Envirosafe manufactures gasoline, oil and diesel fuel storage tanks in a variety of sizes to fit your needs. Tanks can be manufactured as a single tank or in split designs for the supply of two different fuel products. We ship worldwide. Call us Toll Free at 1-800-555-4754 for more information or request a free quote.


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