What are your underground oil tank replacement options?
If you are replacing your underground oil tank because you are selling your home or want to take advantage of oil tank programs that are may be available in your state, you will have 2 options to remain an oil heat customer. Check out our oil tank removal section to get tips on removing an oil tank.
Replace oil tank with above ground tank inside the home
Basement oil tanks:
Many homeowners replace their underground tank with an above ground tank in the basement of the home. Check with your building department to learn their specific requirements as to where the tank can be safely placed inside.
A typical oil tank installed inside the home holds 275 gallons. Many of our clients opt for a 330 gallon tank so that they have the extra capacity for COD oil purchases.
Installing vent & fill pipes are standard procedure. It’s critical that an alarm is placed inside the vent pipe which prevents the fuel delivery company from overfilling the tank. If oil spills into the home, it can be a catastrophic event to clean it up & remove the odors.
Replacing your oil tank with a plastic tank is good option to consider. Plastic tanks do not rust & galvanized steel surrounds an inner lining that is polyethylene plastic. A steel tank inside the home can begin to rust over time. We’ve seen cases where the metal legs supporting the tank deteriorate and cause the tank to tip over causing oil to leak out.
Double wall tanks:
You should consider replacing the oil tank with a tank that has a double wall to prevent oil spills. These tanks usually have a protective outer liner constructed of galvanized steel and are fastened with an oil based fire-resistant seal. Other tanks have an inner wall made of plastic.
Replace oil tank with an oil tank outside the home
The outside oil tank should have an enclosure so that the tank structure does not come in contact with outside elements e.g. snow, rain etc. The enclosure will also help the oil maintain a stable temperature.
The fuel lines should connect to the top of the outside tank not the bottom. Water and sludge can build up and sit at the bottom of a tank. Fuel lines connected at the lower part of the tank draw fuel from the bottom of the tank and can bring these substances into your furnace. Sometimes water freezes and clogs the tank. If the line is at the bottom, you can’t get fuel to pass through the line. If the fuel lines are connected at the tank top, most of these problems can be avoided.
If the tank is replaced with one in the garage, it’s a good idea to install a crash barrier. Most townships require these barriers as part of the building code and it’s an added expense homeowners should anticipate when placing a tank in the basement.
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