Tips From

Frank the Tank




Although not as common as pressurized piping, suction piping has leak detection requirements if certain conditions are not met. Follow the instructions in the table below.

 SUCTION PIPING                                  


No release detection is required if the following four items can be demonstrated:







The underground piping is operated at less than atmospheric pressure;

 The piping is sloped so that the contents of the pipe will drain back into the tank if suction is released;

 Only one check valve is included in each suction line; and; 

The check valve is located directly below and as close as practical to the suction pump.

 If you cannot answer yes to all of the above, then you must: 

Perform a line tightness test every 3 years


Hire a UST tank tightness tester and do line tightness testing

 Keep a record of the results



Perform Monthly Monitoring


Monitor your vapor, groundwater wells, or interstitial (double walled) piping every 30 days

Monthly SIR may not be used in lieu of tightness testing

 Keep a record of the results

Special requirements must be met if your facility is located in a sensitive area. Contact the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) at 614-752-7938 for these requirements.

Compliance with UST regulations is a pre-requisite for remaining eligible for Fund coverage and claim reimbursement.