Heating Oil Tank FAQs

Posted: March 27, 2023

Learn more about heating oil tanks

oil tank faq Greenville, ri Keep your Rhode Island home warm, safe and snug with the help of Vaughn Oil’s dependable heating oil delivery. Don’t worry about what winter brings; trust in Vaughn Oil to provide you with an efficient and stress-free solution that will keep every room comfortable all season long!

In order to take advantage of the benefits of heating oil, you’ll need a reliable and dependable heating oil tank. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding these tanks.

What size heating oil tank should I get?

For most residential applications, the two typical sizes of heating oil tanks are 275 and 330 gallons.

How are today’s heating oil tanks different?

Heating oil tanks now come with an assortment of materials and features to guard against leaks or overfilling. Double-walled tanks are one option, built from galvanized steel on the outside and polyethylene inside – meaning no welding required! If you’re looking for something more affordable, single-wall tanks can be placed both indoors and outdoors as well.

Can I install my tank underground?

We highly recommend that our customers use aboveground heating oil tanks for several reasons. Most notably, it is much easier to detect leaks in an aboveground tank than an underground tank one. Underground installation takes longer and is more expensive.

Selling your home in the future may be a difficult undertaking if you have an underground oil tank on the property, as potential buyers are likely to balk at any financial and environmental risk associated with such tanks.

What are the signs my tank is corroding?

We encourage our customers to regularly inspect their heating oil tank. If you see any of these below conditions, contact Vaughn Oil right away so we can take a look at it.

Can corrosion be prevented?

During warmer weather, empty space in your heating oil tank is the most hazardous element for its durability. Condensation forms on the bare walls inside the empty part of the tank. That water eventually drips off the walls and, because water is heavier than heating oil, it sinks to the bottom of the tank.

Consequently, that water is a breeding ground for bacteria and the sediment formed from it begins to corrode your tank, leading to its deterioration.

To avoid the development of condensation during warmer months, our customers should top off their heating oil tank at the end of winter to keep walls fully covered. This will help reduce any chance of moisture accumulating.

Does my homeowner’s insurance cover heating oil tank failure?

Sadly, the majority of homeowner insurance policies do not cover remediation costs in case of a heating oil tank failure.

Heating oil tank failure can be very costly Last year, a family in the Boston area faced losing their home due to remediation costs of over $100,000 incurred as a result of the heating oil tank in their basement failing.

Vaughn Oil helps protect you from that possibility with our Tank Secure tank protection plan.

Contact Vaughn Oil today to learn more about our heating oil tank services and enroll in Tank Secure tank protection!