Maintain Your Oil Tank These Three Ways In The Summer

Posted: August 3, 2020

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Heating oil tanks are simple devices, but they still do need a little TLC if you want them to last a while. Here are three things you can do this summer to keep your heating oil tank running reliably heading into heating season 2020/21:

  1. Give it a once-over – Look for obvious problem signs in and around your tank. For example:
    • Look for any signs of rust.
    • Check tank legs and leg brackets to ensure they are not buckled, bent, or separating from the tank.
    • Check the tank platform for cracks or other problems.
    • Run your hands over the tank and connectors to detect dents, weeping or wet spots.
  2. Get a professional inspection – Even the most thorough visual inspection won’t reveal what’s happening on the interior of your tank – but ultrasonic oil tank testing will. Look for contractors who offer this service: many steel tanks corrode from the inside out, often leaving few warning signs of a future leak or tank failure.
  3. Fill your tank – An empty or near-empty oil tank is more prone to a build-up of condensation (water droplets) on its interior walls. This condensation creates two big problems for your heating system: first, moisture encourages bacteria growth in your fuel, which will eventually convert your heating oil to a thick sludge that will jam your fuel lines and reduce your heating system’s efficiency. Second, water will eventually sink to the bottom of your steel oil tank (since water is heavier than oil) and corrode it from the inside out – a problem you won’t see coming until you have a leak.

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