Keep Your Tank in Tip Top Shape
Having your supply of heating oil safely stored on your property is one of the many benefits that come with using Oilheat to fuel your home heating system. Whether your oil storage tank sits quietly in your basement or outdoors alongside your home, it isn’t immune to normal wear and tear! Oil storage tanks are built to last for years, but it’s always a good idea to keep an eye out for any indications that your tank is worse off than it seems. Here are some things to take note of – even now when that the heating season is over:
- Nearby trees or shrubs dying, which might indicate contamination
- Cracking or sinking of the tank base and supports
- Broken, cracked or missing gauges
- Dampness or staining around joints of all visible pipework, valves and filters
- Cracking, splitting, bulging of paint, and oil around seams and weld locations for metal tanks
Another thing to remember is to make sure your tank is always full – yes, even though the winter is over and especially through the warmer months! This will help prevent sludge buildup that can occur when the space inside your tank allows for water to accumulate and mix with the remaining oil.
If you believe your tank is close to or is experiencing a release, remember to contact your heating oil dealer. And if you’re a HEAT USA member, talk to us about our tank protection program, which provides proactive tank replacement when recommended, as well as up to $50,000 in the event of an aboveground tank release.