Heating Oil Tank Safety Information

Keep your home and heating oil supply safe!

heating oil tanks

You likely don’t pay much attention to your heating oil tank. It sits in the basement, or outside, supplying your furnace or boiler with the heating oil it needs.

Today’s heating oil tanks are light-years ahead of tanks from years ago. Advances including double walls, weld-free construction and anti-corrosion treatments make them much safer and more durable.

When should I replace my heating oil tank?

If your heating oil tank is more than 20 years old, now is the time to begin thinking about a new one. The last thing you want is to have to replace it tank because it has failed.

The failure of your heating oil tank can cost you thousands of dollars, because not only do you need to remove your new tank, buy a new one and install it, you also have the expense of cleaning up leaked oil and doing any needed environmental remediation.

The biggest threat to your heating oil tank lies inside it: corrosion. Condensation builds up on the walls of the empty part of your tank. It then drips off and, being heavier than the heating oil, sinks to the bottom. That water creates an ideal environment for the development of sediment, which corrodes your tank from the inside out.

Condensation develops more easily in warmer weather. That is why we recommend that you fill your heating oil tank ahead of the summer. A full tank gives no space for condensation to form.

While this corrosion happens inside the tank, there are often signs of tank failure that are visible from the outside. We recommend that you regularly inspect your heating oil tank. Reach out to us right away so that we can start the replacement process if you observe any of the following warning signs of corrosion. Tank failure is an imminent risk if you see:

Do you need a new heating oil tank? Contact Snedeker Energy today to get started!

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