Oil storage tanks have pretty long lifespans, often lasting 30 years or more. Many homeowners have never needed to replace one.
But oil tanks wear out eventually, and if you don’t take the time to inspect your tank, you’re asking for trouble. Especially if your tank is over 20 years old, it could be damaged, corroded, and liable to leak. And while heating oil will not combust in liquid form — even if you were to drop a lit match on it — leaks can lead to costly clean-up bills.
We know that families across West Virginia and Maryland are stretching their budgets to the breaking point. It’s much wiser to replace a failing oil tank than pay to clean up a spill (then replace the tank anyway).
Here are a few telltale signs that your oil tank is nearing the end of its life.
What to look for with your old oil storage tank
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell if your tank is deteriorating just by looking at it because most corrosion occurs inside it. But there are some things you can look for that offer clues. These include:
oil on the floor near your tank
oil smells around your tank
condensation and wet spots on your tank
rusting, peeling or bubbling paint
dents on the body of your tank
unstable tank legs
broken vent alarm or fuel gauge
cracking or splitting oil lines
In addition, if you noticed an increase in heating oil use last season even though you didn’t use your heat and hot water more often, it could be because your tank is corroded or malfunctioning.
Don’t delay — call in the pros from Roach Energy
It’s crucial not to wait if you notice any of the warning signs listed above. The experienced, skilled technicians from Roach Energy can inspect your tank, inside and out, and provide options for how to proceed.
Many of the problems above can be repaired, but others mean you’ll need a new oil tank. We’ll work with you to select the right model for your home. Then, we’ll get your new storage tank installed, your oil transferred and your old tank out the door, quickly and safely.
Summer is a great time to make the switch since you don’t have to worry about interruptions in your home heating, and our technicians have more availability to meet your schedule. And you’ll be thrilled with your new tank — modern oil storage tanks are lightyears ahead of the older models. They have amazing features, like galvanized steel bodies, protective coating, double-wall construction and leak detection.
If you suspect your longtime heating oil storage tank has deteriorated, get in touch with us today. We’re ready to help!