Can you imagine how inconvenient it would feel if your oil tank stopped working in the middle of winter? Well, it happens, and this is primarily due to poor maintenance. You must look after all your home appliances properly so that they will keep working optimally.

Heating oil tanks need to be looked after regularly. Luckily, you don’t have to be an expert to take care of your tank. Here are some steps to prevent your home’s heating system from being compromised.

  • Learn about your oil tank

Oil tanks come in different sizes and materials. So, to maintain your oil tank, you have to learn how it is designed for use. For example, some oil tanks are to be used indoors, while others can be used outdoors. If you misuse your oil tank, it could become rusty, leaky, or badly damaged.

  • Clean your oil tank regularly.

Over time, tanks begin to accumulate dirt. This is usually a combination of water and oil residue. This sludge can contaminate your oil tank and make your heating system less efficient than it should be. So, you should clean the insides of your oil tanks at least once in four to five years. 

  • Look out for leaks

Oil spills are not only messy, but they are also pretty risky. The easiest way to prevent an oil spill is to look out for leaks periodically. Of course, this is easier when the oil tank is installed on the surface and not underground. Still, you should inspect the fittings, supply lines, vents, valves, and the body of your tank.

  • Prevent water contamination

Another disadvantage of leaks is that they can give access to water to seep into your oil tank. To prevent water contamination, you should ensure that all your tank fittings, such as the vents and valves, are adequately sealed. Unfortunately, water contamination is not always easy to detect, so you must watch your oil tank closely and its fittings.

  • Install anti-theft measures

As you may already know, heating oil is quite valuable. So, outdoor oil tanks may be at risk of theft. You can install CCTV cameras to ward off potential thieves. In addition, it helps to have good lighting in the area where your tank is installed. This will help to increase the safety of your property.

Contact Interstate Gas & Oil

Oil tank maintenance is quite delicate. If done poorly, it could result in oil spills, pollution, or poor heating for your home or business. Interstate Gas & Oil has a team of heating oil experts who provide professional services for heating oil systems. When proper maintenance is done, it ensures that your oil tank remains durable and efficient. Give us a call today or fill out our online contact form to start caring for your oil tank! 

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