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Does Your Oil Tank Need to be Replaced? How to Know!

Matt Polsinello - Monday, September 29, 2014

You may not give much thought to your oil tank, but it’s one of the most important systems in your home.

Moisture and sediment get trapped inside your tank as time goes by. These accumulations can cause the tank to start deteriorating from the inside out. Because of this, the tank can appear perfectly fine from the outside, but can actually be corroding on the inside.

When a tank fails, it usually begins as a small pin hole, and you’ll notice a drop of oil beginning to escape. However, there have also been instances of larger scale failures, where a considerable amount of oil has spilled from the tank all at once. If that oil isn’t immediately contained and sinks into the soil, you have the potential for a hazardous waste cleanup situation on your hands, which can be very expensive. Even if your basement floor is concrete and you do contain the spill, the oil can leave a lingering odor and stain that’s tough to deal with. Call Polsinello immediately if you experience this.

If you don’t see leaks and it’s not time to replace the tank, you should know that the tank will have a layer of sludge and sediment in the bottom of it. If you allow the oil level in the tank to get too low, and some of that material is drawn into the fuel lines and into the furnace, you run the risk of clogging the lines, and also potentially damaging the furnace itself.

Call us at Polsinello Fuels to inspect your oil tank and determine if it’s time for a replacement.






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