If you’re like most of us, you don’t pay much attention to your home’s heating-oil tank. It probably only crosses your mind when you see it in the basement or outside, or when you go to check how much heating oil is left. (By the way, with Automatic Delivery, you don’t have to do that.)
Your heating-oil tank will definitely get your attention if it begins to fail or, worse, if it fails completely. That is a messy, expensive hassle. First, you must have the tank professionally removed from your property. Then you need to have any leaked heating oil cleaned up. Finally, you need to replace your tank.
Get ahead of that by keeping an eye on your heating-oil tank, giving it a good looking over regularly, and contacting Bedford Valley Petroleum when it is ready to be replaced.
Today’s heating-oil tanks are built for durability and safety, with features like double-walled construction and leak-detection systems.
Bedford Valley Petroleum purchases tanks from Highland Tank, another locally owned and operated business, so you can be assured that your heating-oil tank installation is done correctly and safely. Highland installs heating-oil tanks in sizes of 275, 500 and 1,000 gallons.
Heating-oil tanks last a long time, but not forever. The most common cause of tank failure is corrosion, which destroys your tank from the inside out. Corrosion is started by condensation inside your tank.
Condensation develops in the walls of the empty space of your heating-oil tank, especially in warmer weather. That condensation drips down and sinks to the bottom of the tank, where it creates a perfect environment for the development of sediment. Sediment can lead to corrosion.
The best way to protect your heating-oil tank against corrosion is to keep it full, especially during the summer months, so that condensation doesn’t get a chance to develop.
You can often see signs of heating-oil tank failure before things get bad. Here’s what to look for:
If you see any of these on your tank, get in touch with us right away. When you call, we answer.