How Can I Complete Heating Oil Storage Tank Maintenance This Spring?

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Heating oil is one of the most efficient fuels available, and it’s a cost-effective way to keep your home comfortable throughout the year. Beyond those benefits, heating oil customers also reap the benefits of how simple heating oil storage tank maintenance is. With regular preventative maintenance and quality fuels from Tevis Energy, it’s easy to keep your heating oil storage tank in wonderful condition for winters to come.

Protect Your Above Ground Fuel Oil Tank

If your fuel oil storage tank is outside of your home, ensure that it is properly protected from wind, ice, moisture, and harsh weather. There are numerous affordable devices designed to improve the longevity of your above ground tank, including stability brackets and fill gauge protectors.

Take a walk around the tank to see if any vegetation is growing near the heating oil tank or touching the sides or bottom. Plants making contact with the storage tank can increase the chance of rust and corrosion occurring. Painting the legs and body of the tank with rust-proof paint can also protect the structure from moisture-related damage.

Inspect the Body of the Heating Oil Tank

One of the most simple types of heating oil storage tank maintenance involves examining the body of the tank for signs of rust, dents, tilting, or oil staining. All of these indicate a problem with your oil tank that should be addressed. Look at the fuel tank’s legs and the ground underneath them for signs of rust, cracking or settling. Any fuel oil tank above ground outdoors should be on a stable surface, like a concrete slab on top of the compacted ground. If your oil tank is inside, check the legs to see if they are securely mounted to the concrete floor. Without a sturdy surface underneath your fuel storage tank, it could tip over and become damaged.

Monitor for Leaks

The only heating oil storage tank maintenance task you should perform on a weekly basis is looking for leaks. Check the tank, valves, fuel delivery, and vent lines, fittings, and supply and return lines for any signs of leaking. Look underneath the fuel tank on the ground or floor to see if there are fresh oil stains that indicate a leak that should be repaired.

Complete Your Heating Oil Storage Tank Maintenance with Tevis Energy

If you are out of heating oil and need to request a delivery, contact us today online or by calling (410) 876-6800.  Click here to learn more about our 24/7 Emergency Service.  Tevis Energy is proud to be a family-owned and operated business reliably serving communities throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania with safe, clean-burning diesel and heating oil at a competitive price.

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