Looking Out for Your Fuel Storage Tank During Winter
Outdoor heating oil storage tanks are susceptible to damage from their exposure to the elements, but it’s important to help protect your tank in order to continue enjoying a steady supply of fuel and readily available comfort!
With this in mind, here are a few safety precautions you can take to keep your heating oil storage tank in good shape:
- After snowfall, use a broom to brush all sitting snow off of the surface of the tank to prevent water from getting into your tank.
- If you spot any icicles that could potentially fall onto your oil storage tank, safely remove them from wherever they’re hanging using a pole, broom, rake or another long-reaching tool. Do not climb any ladders in snowy and icy conditions!
- Be sure to clear a path to ensure easy and safe access for our drivers and service technicians to the tank. Please only do so if you’re able to – do not risk your own health!
- Check for signs of cracking, denting or other damage that may have occurred over time. If you notice damage, call us right away!
While you’re inspecting your tank for damage, keep an eye out for these indications of portential underlying issues:
- Rust and Dents – Corrosion and dent marks indicate something is wrong with how the tank is operating.
- Wet Spots – The presence of wet spots, either underneath the tank or on its surface, is an indicator of trouble.
- Unstable Legs – In many cases, problems with a fuel tank will be the result of faulty installation. If the legs are uneven, the tank would have trouble functioning at its full capacity.
- Unprotected Lines – If the rubber tubing that protects the lines that carry fuel between the tank and the home is split or cracked at any points, call right away.
If you have any concerns about the integrity of your fuel storage tank, or you’re in need of any other home heating services, don’t hesitate to call or contact us online for any assistance!