Heating Oil Tanks & Protection

Peace of mind about your heating oil tank

Having a heating oil storage tank on your property provides you with an ample supply of heating oil ready for immediate use. And it’s even better when you have a modern heating oil tank. Many new heating oil tanks are designed with double protection to guard against leaks.

Aboveground models have a leak-proof inner lining of plastic or fiberglass and an outer wall of corrosion-resistant steel. Plus, they’re affordable and often come with warranties that are decades long. You can even have them custom made to fit in corners or small spaces in your yard, basement or garage.

Protection for your current heating oil tank

For homeowners with older steel tanks, we offer our ProGuard program. This protection plan gives you coverage and peace of mind in the event of a fuel oil leak. When you’re enrolled in ProGuard, you’re covered for up to $100,000 in remediation costs for an underground tank and $50,000 in remediation costs for an aboveground tank.

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Contact us about our tank protection program.

Don’t skip heating oil tank inspections

It’s always a good idea to get regular, professional inspections of your heating oil tank. You should also do your own visual inspections periodically, because some trouble signs of pending failure can be seen, including:

Other warning signs that your tank may need to be replaced:

To help protect your aboveground heating oil tank, please follow these three tips:

  1. Keep the area around the tank clear of clutter, especially around piping and joints.
  2. Never use the top of the tank as a storage shelf.
  3. Never bang on a tank.

How long do heating oil tanks last?

Heating oil tanks can last for decades, but life spans vary depending on the humidity in the environment, the thickness of the tank’s wall and other factors. When tanks do fail, it’s hard to see it coming, because they generally erode from the inside out.

If your oil tank is more than 30 years old, it’s a good idea to look into your heating oil tank replacement options. Please contact us.

Why do heating oil tanks wear out?

Besides just wearing out due to age, a heating oil tank can fail because of condensation on the inside. When there is a lot of empty space in an oil tank during the spring and summer, condensation can form along the inside walls. This eventually turns into sediment later and, if ignored, can result in corrosion.

To avoid condensation from forming, you should keep your heating oil tank full during the warm-weather months.

How do I read my oil tank gauge?

On top of the heating oil tank, you’ll see a clear glass or plastic cube that is marked with numbers that resemble the gas gauge of your car: F, ¾, ½, ¼. A red marker or float commonly indicates the amount of fuel left in your tank. If the float is at the bottom of the gauge or not visible at all, your tank is empty or nearly empty.

To make sure the gauge is working, carefully remove the outer case and gently press the float down. If it bobs back up to the original position, the gauge is working. If the gauge is not working, contact us. You never want to guess how much oil is left in your tank.

How can I avoid running out?

Ask us to put you on our automatic delivery schedule.

If you still prefer to call for your heating oil, please give us plenty of notice to avoid running out. It’s best to call us for more fuel when your oil tank falls to the one-quarter mark.

Request a delivery.