I need advice on what to do with my buried oil tank.
I have a 1000 gal buried oil tank that was installed when the house was
built in 1987. We bought the house in '95. The house is a slab house so we
have no basement for a tank to be placed. The tank was installed with a 15
I like having a big tank because I get substantial discounts when I make
my annual oil purchase. We use about 750 gallons/year.
Because the time period for the anode is more than over, I wanted to be
responsible by replacing the tank. Of course the new tanks are double
walled, fiberglass, with double walled flexible lines coming into the
house, and with monitoring capability.
I haven't yet gotten the proposal for the job of replacement but I know
it's not going to be small. While I'm waiting for the estimate, I asked
them for a breakout 3 different ways:
1. I want to know the cost for 1000 vs 2000 gallons. If I can fill up once
every two years, the price will decrease even more substantially.
2. I want to know the cost of placing the new tank in the ground covered
in peastone, vs putting it in its own underground house, i.e., floor, four
walls, and a roof cover.
3. I want to find out the cost of an automatic monitoring system vs the
cost of a manual monitoring system. The automatic systems check for leaks
and provide for notification. If it's allowed I want to see if a manual
system can be allowed by my town.
Those three questions should yield six different costs. Then in addition,
it occurs to me that I should also be able to dig up the top of the old
tank and see about simply replacing the anode.
So that's my story, and I'd really like to get people's feedback on what
sort of thoughts people have. What should I do? Is it crazy to talk about
just anode replacement? Is the 2000 gal tank a mistake?
I appreciate your input.