Heating Oil Tank Summer Care Tips

oil tank care marylandYour heating oil tank is built to last 15 to 20 years, or even more (depending on how it’s built) – especially if it is regularly maintained by a qualified heating professional. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some basic tasks for your heating oil tank that you can’t perform yourself.

Here are five things you can do to keep your oil storage tank healthy and happy heading into next heating season.

  1. Fill it – An empty oil tank is prone to a build-up of condensation (water) on its interior tank walls; that water will eventually sink to the bottom of your tank (since it’s heavier than oil) and corrode it from the inside-out. A damp tank interior will also encourage the growth of bacteria in your fuel, which will slowly turn your heating oil into a thick sludge that clogs your fuel lines. If your tank is half full or less, we highly recommend you schedule a heating oil delivery soon to avoid problems down the road. Off-season oil prices tend to be lower than in-season prices, so you might also save a few bucks on your fill-up.
  2. Watch for leaks – Periodically examine the tank, fuel delivery and vent lines, valves, supply and return lines and all fittings. Look for signs of oil or rust that might indicate a leak or some other problem.
  3. Check your tank supports – Check your oil tank’s feet for problems that could make the tank less stable. Make sure your tank is on a level surface – preferably on a concrete pad or level basement floor. If the tank legs are compromised, contact us right away.
  4. Look for damage – Examine your heating oil tank for obvious dents, oil stains and any signs of wear, settling or tilting, which could lead to problems later. 
  5. Keep it clear – Keep your oil tank’s fill pipe accessible for heating oil deliveries year-round; if the path to the fill pipe is overgrown, clear it so that your heating oil delivery team can reach it easily.

A properly maintained heating oil storage tank could last two decades or more, so it pays to make the effort to keep it leak-free and healthy. If your heating oil tank is on its last legs, don’t wait to replace it – install a new oil tank in PA today, before you have a leak on your hands!

Contact Bedford Valley Petroleum today to learn more about heating oil tank installations in Bedford County, PA, and nearby areas.