Leak Detection

Varec is an industry leader, providing comprehensive environmental compliance solutions.

We have vast experience testing USTs, ASTs and buried pipeline systems. Our alliance partnerships (Praxair, Mass Technologies, Vista Research, HansaConsult NA and FCI) allow customers to take full advantage of our negotiated pricing while receiving the latest technology for leak detection. FuelsManager® SCADA and leak detection features, in conjunction with automatic tank gauging and other monitoring devices, provide a cost effective leak detection system that has been used extensively by the U.S. Department of Defense.



How We Work

Certified Varec consultants will survey the facility to understand leak monitoring needs and provide recommendations for a leak detection solution based on individual requirements.

Upon customer approval, we install the leak detection equipment in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and provide certified commissioning and calibration. If requested, we can also conduct monthly or periodic monitoring according to federal, state or local directives and provide annual re-certification and calibration.

Our customers have the peace of mind knowing their facility is operating to local, state or federal regulations and have access to our 24/7 technical support center and on-site maintenance as needed.

EPA Tank & Pipeline Monitoring Requirements

Companies that own or operate underground storage tanks (UST) must provide a system to detect a possible product release (leak) based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) performance requirements set forth in 40 CFR Part 280, Subpart D, Section 280.43 or 280.44.

These regulations require that facilities equip themselves to detect a leak from any portion of the tank and the connected underground piping that routinely contains product. They also require any system to be installed, calibrated, operated and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, including routine maintenance and service checks for daily operation and servicing.

Systems and methods used must be capable of detecting the following leak rate or quantity with a probability of detection (Pd) of 0.95 and probability of false alarm (Pfa) of 0.05:

  • Tank Tightness Testing – 0.1 gallons per hour
  • Automatic Tank Gauging – 0.2 gallons per hour
  • Vapor Monitoring – Any significant increase in concentrations above background
  • Automatic Line Leak Detectors – 3 gallons per hour
  • Line Tightness Testing – 0.1 gallons per hour

What are Your Options

To comply with these regulations, you have two options: install and manage monitoring systems while conducting the required leak detection testing and maintaining the documentation yourself or have highly-qualified, cost effective environmental technicians provide professional installation of nationally approved leak detection equipment and provide sound management and maintenance of your leak detection program.