Protect Your Home From Floodin

Protect Your Home From Floodin

Anchor Fuel Tanks:

Illustration of properly anchored fuel tank

Unanchored fuel tanks can be easily moved by flood waters. These tanks pose serious threats not only to you, your family, and your house, but also to public safety and the environment. An unanchored tank outside your house can be driven into your walls, and it can be swept downstream, where it can damage other houses. When an unanchored tank in your basement is moved by flood waters, the supply line can tear free and your basement can be contaminated by oil. Even a buried tank can be pushed to the surface by the buoyant effect of soil saturated by water.

As shown in the figure, one way to anchor a tank is to attach it to a large concrete slab whose weight is great enough to resist the force of flood waters. This method can be used for all tanks, both inside and outside your house. You can also anchor an outside tank by running straps over it and attaching them to ground anchors.

Tips:

Keep these points in mind when you anchor a fuel tank:

  • If you prefer not to do this work yourself, you can have a handyman or contractor anchor your tank.
  • Extend all filling and ventilation tubes above the 100-year flood level so that flood waters cannot enter the tank.
  • Close all connections when flood warnings are issued.

Estimated Cost:

Anchoring a 1,000-gallon fuel tank to a concrete base will cost you about $300 to $500. Using straps and ground anchors will cost about $300.

Contact Information

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The Jana Caudill Team
Redkey Realty Leaders
503 East Summit St., Suite 2
Crown Point IN 46307
219-661-1256
Fax: 219-663-5949