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Above-Ground vs. Below-Ground Tanks

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The specifics of your site or city regulations present one of the most important aspects behind the decision-making process of “should we install an above-ground or a below-ground storage unit for this project?”. We’re here to provide you with a few things to consider when choosing an above or below-ground storage unit.

Below Ground

An ideal option for water storage, a below-ground tank is a space-saving alternative when you’re working in tight proximity. This is particularly helpful if you’re installing a water tank for a home in a city or a more densely populated area where space is limited. Below-ground tanks are more secure and sheltered underground, meaning they won’t have to contend with extreme weather, heat or cold which can extend the life of the tank. An underground tank is much less likely to be damaged or tampered with. However, installation and inspections can be more costly for these tanks as there is more work involved, such as plumbing or the need for a pump. Repairs and maintenance become more expensive and difficult because the tank is under the earth and access can be challenging. 

Above Ground

Above-ground tanks are simple and easy to install and require less equipment, such as pumps and other plumbing accessories, and are accessible for repairs, maintenance and inspections. You can also use gravity to your advantage for draining the tanks and transferring liquids, saving you some change where an electric pump may have been needed to move the water, or other substances, from underground. Because you’re not installing it directly into a hole in the ground, above-ground tanks can be quickly transported or moved on location and you can save a ton of money you would have otherwise spent on digging. What an above-ground tank will contend with is damage from the sun, weather and wind. Insulation may need to be replaced to keep the contents from freezing and a protective coat against UV rays may need to be reapplied. The initial costs of an above-ground tank are lower than a below-ground tank, but keep in mind that there may be restrictions from fire codes or other regulations when it comes to keeping an above-ground tank on your property.

If you’re unsure which storage option is right for you, get in touch with us and we’d be happy to give you some insight! We’re here to help you find the best solution to your storage needs, one fiberglass reinforced tank at a time!

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