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Inspection Checklist for Above Ground Fuel Storage Tanks

November 26, 2019

Monthly checks on all your fuel tanks is important. Whether these are carried out by yourself or by a professional technician, they ensure that your fuel is clean, and any deficiencies are logged.

Documentation is important for your tank so all inspection documentation should be kept for reference electronically for longevity.

As a basic*, your inspection checklist should cover the following areas:

  • Visual inspection: an examination of the tank system for deterioration including but not limited to the tank and its coating, hoses, fittings, pipes, pumps and drainage mechanism.
  • Dipstick Inspection: Is the mechanical means of measuring the level of fuel in the tank. If the tank is fitted with a Sapphire FMS it will measure and reports on the fuel by digital means (which will feedback to your online portal: ie MCS), whereas the standard dipstick gives you the mechanical measurement.
  • A check of the interstitial space (ie: the space between the walls) of a double-walled tank for accumulation of fuel or water. If you have an interstitial monitor this can be done mechanically also.
  • Confirmation that all drain valves are securely closed when not in use.
  • An inspection for any accumulated debris or water in the containment area
  • A check of the spill containment area to make sure it’s clean and functional.
  • A check of normal and emergency vents for obstructions or restrictions that could interfere with proper operation.
  • A check of auxiliary equipment for operational malfunctions.
  • An investigation of conditions that may pose a fire/safety hazard/or environmental hazard.
  • Check for water in the primary tank using water finding paste.

(*please note this is a simplified list not exhaustive. A list of technicians is available via Google or get in touch with us. Source: Purdue)

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