5 Things to Know about Heating Oil Tanks
Today’s heating oil tanks are a far cry from the metal behemoths in your grandmother’s basement. If you’re on the fence about replacing your older heating oil tank, or just want to make a more informed decision about the next one you purchase, here are five things you should know before you take the plunge.
- There are two basic types – Residential tanks are made for either aboveground or underground use. Typically aboveground tanks hold about 250 gallons of heating oil; significantly larger underground tanks can hold 1000 gallons or more.
- They’re extremely well made – Today’s polyurethane and fiberglass underground tanks are far more corrosion resistant and have a longer lifespan than old, heavy metal models. So do today’s double-walled plastic and steel aboveground tanks. High-tech design makes the risk of leaks extremely low – on average only about .06 percent of tanks will have a leak problem.
- They offer flexible storage solutions – Today’s tanks are available in many sizes, styles, and configurations. They can be made to fit in tight spaces, or even hidden in a decorative outdoor tank enclosure.
- They’ll give you control for the long winter ahead – With an oil storage tank you’ll always have fuel on-site, and you’ll pay only for the fuel you’re delivered, with no estimates and no questions (which is especially convenient if you take advantage of automatic delivery).
- They will probably require testing if you want to sell your property – It’s common to have a tank test conducted on an underground tank during the transaction of an oil-heated home so it’s important to know what’s involved. Three things to keep in mind if you have to test your tank:
- Make sure that a certified tank testing company conducts the test – If you need a referral, contact your local oil heat expert.
- Know what kind of tests will be conducted – Several types of tests are possible, including a test on the tank itself and a soil test. Knowing which one has been requested can help you prepare.
- Remember that tank tests cannot test the life expectancy of a tank – Tests can only provide information about the integrity of the tank itself; they cannot predict how long the tank will last.
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