Factors to Consider Before Renting an Oil Tank

Are you planning to rent an oil tank so that you can have a supplemental fuel source at your construction site? Read on and discover some of the considerations that you should have in mind as you select and install that rental tank.

Municipal Codes

Your area may have regulations that govern the type of tank that you can install on your property. For instance, there may be regulations prohibiting you from renting an underground tank in case ground water sources are at risk of being polluted by oil tanks in that particular location. It is, therefore, helpful to find out what restrictions exist in your area before you rent an oil tank for your project.


Your choice should also be influenced by accessibility considerations. For instance, you should not select an indoor above-ground tank in case your desired installation site is so confined that it will be hard for you to inspect all the sides of the tank on a regular basis. Similarly, the desired location should allow easy access by the delivery truck at the time when the tank has to be refilled. Delivery hoses should never be moved over obstacles in order to reach the oil tank. The hose can be damaged by the obstacle, such as a high fence. Confined spaces make it hard for the tank to be accessed. Outdoor above-ground or underground tanks may be a better option if better accessibility will be possible.

Your Insurance Company

It is wise to consult your insurance company before you select an oil tank for your project. This is because your insurer may have preferences about the most appropriate type or installation site for your property. Failure to consult your insurer may result in a denial of your claim in case an accident occurs and your other property is damaged during an oil spill or fire.

Desired Capacity

Think about your consumption needs as you select an oil tank to rent. Oil tanks normally have a sticker that stipulates the maximum amount of oil that the tank can contain. A very small tank will be emptied quickly and you will have to refill it frequently. A very large tank will take so long to be emptied that the oil may degrade due to prolonged storage. You should select a tank size that is just right for your needs. For example, the contents of the tank should be used within a few weeks so that fresh material can be delivered.

Discuss the issues above with the oil tank rental company so that their expertise can enable you to select the most appropriate oil tank for your project.