A layer of Environmental Protection Agency mandated backfill that is placed in the excavated area where an underground storage tank and the associated pipe system is being placed.  Oil Tank Bedding or Backfill is composed of crushed stone, pea gravel, or sand. It is used for groundwater disbursement and protection for the tank.

Oil tank bedding is the material that is used to fill the excavation space around an installed fuel tank and its access pipe system.  Typical backfilling is done with crushed stone, absorbent sand, and pea gravel.

Oil tank bedding is the material that surrounds an underground fuel tank as it is being installed.  The Environmental Protection Agency or EPA has a lot to say regarding the exact size, shape, and material that backfill can be.  It is crushed stone, absorbent sand, and pea gravel.  The EPA gets even more specific stating that the material has to be clean sand, or pea gravel no larger than one-quarter inch in diameter.  They also state that material excavated from the installation site cannot be used.

Bedding for underground storage tanks is a specialized material that cannot be anything other than what is designated by the EPA because a bathtub effect might happen.

Oil tank installation engineers and oil tank construction companies are well versed in installation and compliance requirements for underground fuel tanks.  They will know how to deal with local stone and gravel companies to get the exact mixture that is required for underground oil tank installations or for bringing an older tank up to a compliance level.

Why all the fuss about the gravel that surrounds an oil tank?

It all has to do with the weight of the tank, groundwater, and the possibility that the tank could be lifted and displaced, crumbling under its own weight or worse… floating.  Oil tank bedding helps keep the tank in check.

The weight and absorbent capabilities of the bedding need to be able to hold the tank in check should rising waters try to displace it.

In many parts of the country,  high groundwater levels are common.  Installation engineers working with oil tank construction companies can put in a system that will account for this condition by calculating the buoyancy and adding countermeasures against rising waters.  The Backfill along with anchoring are two measures to take.

Oil tank bedding
oil tank bedding
oil tanks with bedding
Oil Tanks with Bedding