Oil Tank Replacement in Delaware

There are so many advantages to heating your Delaware home with oil, including a high degree of safety and efficiency. With an onsite oil tank, your fuel source is readily available—keeping you prepared for whatever weather comes your way. But is there a downside to this technology? Unfortunately, oil tanks aren’t built to last forever, and if you own your home long enough, the day will come when you’re in need of an oil tank replacement. The good news is, Peninsula has been in the home heating oil business since 1935, and we’re here to help with oil tank replacement throughout Delaware.

Out With the Old, In With the New

The age of your tank is the largest determining factor in oil tank replacement, as materials begin to deteriorate, and leaks and spillage can occur. Older tanks have a life expectancy between 15 and 20 years, but newer models, when properly maintained, can provide between 20 and 30 years of service. It’s imperative that you replace your older model tank before leaks occur—left untreated, even a small leak can quickly contaminate groundwater and soil, and cost thousands of dollars to treat.

Signs You Need an Oil Tank Replacement for Your Delaware Home

Call the experts at Peninsula for a new tank installation if you see, or suspect any of the following:

  • The oil tank vent alarm is missing or damaged.
  • Rust, wet spots, denting, or weeping are visible on the tanks exterior.
  • There is weather damage, from ice, snow or storm activity.
  • The legs, or foundation the tank is resting on, is unsteady.
  • Pipes are clogged, or partially obstructed.
  • Oil lines are inadequately protected, whether above, or underground.
  • There is an unexplained increase in oil usage.
  • Your oil tank is greater than 20 years old.
  • You see visible signs of spillage.
  • There is a whistling noise from the tank vent while it is being filled.
  • The fuel gauge is damaged, frozen, or stuck and/or oil is visible around the gauge.

Call the Experts in Delaware

If you’re uncertain as to the condition of you current tank, call Peninsula to have your tank inspected. We’ll check for any signs of defect, damage, leaks, rust or spillage, and provide you with a number of options for oil tank replacement if needed. Our replacement service is all inclusive, from permits to cleanup, and everything in between.

An Ounce of Prevention

Future oil leaks can be prevented by taking the following precautions:

  • Consider investing in a composite metal/plastic, double-walled, fiberglass, lined, or stainless steel oil tank, all of which tend to last longer than single wall construction.
  • Schedule a routine annual inspection and service of your heating system, including your oil tank, to ensure tank lines and filter are clean and clear, and there are no visible signs of leakage or spillage on or around your oil tank.
  • Check for signs of odor around your tank, particularly after a fill up, as that’s the time when a spill is most likely to occur.
  • Ensure tank levels are topped up for the duration of the summer months. This habit minimizes the formation of condensation inside the tank, which can lead to rust, and ultimately, leakage.

To learn more about oil tank replacement, or to schedule an inspection throughout the state of Delaware, contact Peninsula today!


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