Millions of homeowners throughout  Maryland and Pennsylvania rely on heating oil to keep their homes cozy and warm during the coldest times of the year. Beyond heating oil’s affordable price and efficiency, many of those homeowners also love using fuel oil because heating oil storage tank maintenance is so simple. Stover Energy is here to help maintain your heating oil storage tank with quality fuels designed to maximize performance.

What Are the Signs of a Leaking Tank?

One of the most critical parts of heating oil storage tank maintenance is ensuring that there are no leaks. Leaking is particularly hard to detect in below-ground fuel oil tanks, so regular inspections are important. The signs of a tank leak include:

  • Visible corrosion, particularly where the pipe enters the body of the tank
  • Vapors from the furnace
  • Dead vegetation by the tank
  • Stains on the floor, walls or ground surrounding the tank
  • Oily residue in drainage areas, lawns or streams around the tank

If you notice any signs of leaking, you should contact a professional as soon as possible to inspect the heating oil storage tank and determine if repairs or replacement should occur.

What Exterior Heating Oil Storage Tank Maintenance Should I Do?

Next, if you have an exterior heating oil storage tank, you should make sure it is protected from wind, ice, snow, and harsh weather as much as possible. Many companies produce innovative devices like stability brackets and fill gauge protectors that can reduce the risk of damage and ensure the longevity of your fuel oil tank. If your fuel tank manufacturer recommends doing so, you can also paint the legs and body of the tank with rust-proof paint to guard against moisture damage to the exterior.

How Can I Check the Body of the Heating Tank for Damage?

Finally, you should take a walk around your heating oil storage tank. Look over the body for any signs of dents, tilting, staining or rust. All of these can indicate a need for heating oil storage tank maintenance or repair. The legs of the tank should be on solid ground. If there is cracking or settling underneath the fuel oil tank, the tank is at a higher risk of falling over and cracking or leaking. All fuel oil tanks that are outdoors and above ground should be placed on a flat, stable surface like a concrete slab on compacted earth. Tanks that are indoors should be securely mounted to a concrete slab or hard ground.

Heating Oil Storage Tank Maintenance Help from Stover Energy

We are proud to be the preferred heating oil provider of hundreds of families throughout Dauphin County and the surrounding communities. To schedule a delivery or learn more about Stover Energy, call us today at (717) 297-8497.