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Heating Oil Tanks

Upgrading to a new aboveground oil storage tank

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If your heating oil tank needs repairs, service or maintenance or you’re interested in a heating oil tank installation, Scott Williams is here to help you.

Oil storage tanks can last for many years, but they eventually do give out. Life spans vary depending on conditions such as the humidity and the thickness of a tank’s steel. When tanks fail, it’s hard to see it coming, because they generally erode from the inside out.

To avoid the headaches that accompany a tank failure, it’s a good idea to investigate your options in new aboveground tanks ahead of time.

What you should know about new oil storage tanks

Today’s oil storage tanks are light-years ahead of old models. They are virtually leak-proof and have features that include:

  • sleek designs
  • double-walled construction, with an outer tank of corrosion-resistant galvanized steel
  • leak-detection systems
  • long-term warranties

Here’s another great feature: Modern aboveground tanks can generally be installed in small or unusually shaped spaces.

Oil storage tanks: FAQs

Q: What are the different options for aboveground tanks?
A: Today’s aboveground tanks can typically be installed in small or unusually shaped spaces in basements or garages. The most common type is the 275-gallon basement tank. Aboveground tanks can also be kept outdoors and hidden inside an enclosure. These models, like basement tanks, typically hold 275 gallons.

Q: Where can I put my new aboveground tank?
A: Because heating oil is biodegradable and safe to store inside the home, you can put your new leak-proof tank in a basement, a closet or a garage. You can also put it outside, near your house or garage or anywhere in your yard.

Q: What’s the best way to protect an aboveground tank from problems?
A: For a nominal fee, you can enroll in Tank Guard®. This protects against tank corrosion and provides a $2,000 warranty for the complete replacement of the tank—at no additional cost to you! To extend your tank’s life, we place an additive in it to help prevent internal corrosion. Read more.

Q: How long do aboveground tanks last?
A: Most modern oil tanks are built of corrosion-resistant materials, and they can last a long time.

Q: Can I replace my old underground storage tank with a new one?
A: Yes. However, the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) recommends that homeowners replace underground tanks with new leak-proof aboveground models. Even though modern underground tanks are made of double-walled plastic and fiberglass that won’t corrode, there’s still a chance that leaks can develop in the piping if they are not properly installed. Either way, check with your local municipality for regulations regarding tank replacement and/or the decommissioning of underground tanks.

Did you know?

If you’re selling your house and you’re our customer, we will give you a proof-of-contents statement for the amount of oil left in the fuel tank so that you can receive full credit for it from the new buyer.

Contact us today to learn more about your options in new oil tanks.