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Using oil to heat your home, is a clean, safe, reliable option, that’s been around for years. Domestic oil tanks allow Maryland homeowners to conveniently store heating oil within easy reach, for immediate use as needed. When professionally installed, and maintained, an oil tank can provide years of service—just how many depends on a number of factors, including installation, configuration and tank material, but regardless of life expectancy, the time will come when you’ll need an oil tank replacement. Read on for some great tips on how to know when the time is right, and how Peninsula can help make the process simpler.
Reasons for Damaged Oil Tanks
Oil leaks can cause lasting damage to the environment, and your health, and should be avoided at all costs. As a homeowner, the responsibility for any consequences associated with a leak or spill may be yours, and even a small one can amount to thousands of dollars in cleanup. The main causes of damage are:
- Substandard installation
- Incorrect refueling practices
- Interior tank corrosion
- Compromised fuel lines
Signs You Need an Oil Tank Replacement
Age is the number one consideration for oil tank replacement, and if yours is nearing the 20 year mark, it’s closing in on the end of its lifespan. Tanks manufactured and installed prior to the late 1990’s, typically last between 15 and 20 years, while newer models can last up to 30 years or longer, if properly maintained. Aside from age, other signs you need an oil tank replacement include:
- An absence of protective tubing around oil lines, regardless of whether they run below the concrete, or above ground.
- Your tank is exposed to the elements, and could be damaged by ice or snow.
- Visible signs of dents, rust, weeping or wet spots on the exterior surface.
- Oil consumption has increased
- The legs of the tank, or the foundation it is situated on, are unstable.
- The vent pipe is partially blocked, or clogged due to ice, snow or pests.
- The vent alarm is broken or missing.
- The fuel gauge is inoperable, and/or shows signs of oil on or around the gauge.
- As the tank is being refilled, the tank vent emits a whistling noise.
Replacing Your Maryland Home’s Oil Tank with Peninsula
Oil tank replacement is no small undertaking, but we make it our business to simplify the process, to cause the least amount of disruption to your family, and your home. Once we’ve inspected your existing tank to verify it needs replacing, we’ll start by explaining your options for a new one, and help you make all the necessary decisions, including:
- Tank placement. Will your new tank be installed above, or below ground? Most tanks are built from weather, and corrosion resistant materials making an above ground installation a viable option.
- New or used? This is a trick question, since you should avoid buying a used or rebuilt tank, instead opting for a new, ULC-approved tank.
- The size of tank you choose will depend on the size of your home, storage availability, and personal preference. A good rule of thumb is to get a tank a little bigger than what your home requires to ensure you always have a supply on hand, and take advantage of any downturns in the price of oil.
- The most common types of oil tanks are a composite fiberglass/steel combination, stainless steel, or fiberglass. Double-walled construction has an initially higher cost than a single-walled unit, but pays for itself over time with an extended lifespan.
Count on Peninsula for all your oil tank replacement needs across the state of Maryland. Contact us today to learn more.
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