February 28, 2020
A significant part of your family’s safety and comfort depends on your oil tank—plus, being aware of your fuel oil tank gives you increased home security, property value, and safety for your family. While oil leaks are rare, it’s important to know the tips below so you can avoid the risk of needing a costly and stressful cleanup. Bookmark these notes so you can keep your New York or Connecticut home safe and sound.
5 Must-Know Oil Tank Safety Tips
Oil Feed Line Safety
Check the tubing that runs from your oil tank to your furnace or boiler heating system. Is it buried in the ground? Is it lacking a protective sleeve? Many NY and CT homeowners are unaware that bare copper buried in concrete can degrade and leak over time. Fortunately, this is a simple and inexpensive upgrade we can help you with.
Bottom-Feed Oil Tanks
Most people have upgraded to bottom-feed oil tanks, but we still occasionally see side-feed oil tanks. If your oil feed line isn’t draining oil from the very bottom of your tank, you’re leaving several inches of storage space for sediment and water to collect. When your side-feed tank is refilled, all of that is stirred up and pumped directly into your heating system—and that’s when complications happen. Contact us if you have a side-feed tank and need an upgrade.
Periodic Visual Inspections
Whenever you think of it, you should take a look at your heating oil tank and check for any wet spots or rusting. Verify that there’s nothing flammable stored near your oil tank, and give it some space to breathe and ventilate. Peek at the legs to make sure they are structurally sound. Any old or extra oil fill pipes should be marked and removed.
Oil Tank Replacement
Oil tanks corrode from the inside out which makes it difficult to tell if they need to be replaced. Dark or wet spots can indicate that the inner walls are thinning, putting your home at risk. If you suspect that your oil tank may need to be replaced, give our experts a call. We’ll be more than happy to pay your tank a visit and perform a safety inspection. If you need an oil tank replacement, we can help.