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How To Extend The Life Of Your Heating Oil Storage Tank

Date: May 27, 2021

oil tank service massachusettsIf you have plenty of heating oil in your storage tank right now, that’s good news. In warm weather, empty space in your oil tank can create problems for both the tank and your heating oil inside.

When there’s a lot of empty space in an oil tank, condensation can form. Water, which is denser than heating oil, drips down from the walls and sinks to the bottom of the tank. That’s where it then gets busy creating a home for bacteria and other microorganisms that eventually become sediment—and eventually, corrosion. This, of course, will then result in tank failure.

A Summer Fill Means You’re All Ready For Fall

You can avoid the problem of condensation simply by going through summer with a full tank of oil. Don’t worry, it won’t spoil if it sits in your tank unused for a couple of months. Knowing that you’re protecting your heating oil storage tank should give you plenty of motivation to get an oil delivery.

But there are other benefits to filling your oil tank now, rather than later:

  • A full tank guarantees that you’ll have fuel for your heating system on hand when you need it. Cold weather can sneak up on us here in Massachusetts, so don’t be caught without enough heating oil to get you through the first surprise cold snap next fall.
  • You’ll have more flexibility for scheduling a home heating oil delivery at your convenience in the summer, rather than waiting until fall—when everyone else is requesting deliveries too. Why wait in line and have to run the risk of an inconvenient—and more expensive—emergency fuel delivery?

Besides filling your tank, it’s a good idea to regularly inspect it, as signs of trouble sometimes become visible. Here are some things you can check yourself on your aboveground oil tank. Look for:

  • blistering, which are dime-sized blisters in the paint, commonly found on the tank’s underside (feel the underside to find it). It can be a sign of pending failure
  • pinhole leaks, which are caused by rusting from corrosion inside the tank
  • condensation on the outside of the tank, long after a heating oil delivery.

If you notice any of these signs, contact your Massachusetts home heating oil service provider.

New Heating Oil Storage Tanks In Massachusetts

There have been some big improvements in heating oil tanks over the years. One of the most important is double-wall construction with an outside layer of corrosion-proof galvanized steel. Other innovations include leak detection systems, long-term warranties and sleek designs that allow the tank to fit in smaller spaces. Read more about new oil storage tanks.

Now is a great time to replace your home heating oil tank. Your Massachusetts heating oil service company is less busy with emergency heating oil deliveries and repairs, and you’ll likely be able to get your replacement scheduled quicker.

You may also qualify for a $200 rebate for upgrading your oil tank. Contact your local Massachusetts heating oil service provider today for more information!