Inspecting Your Fuel Storage Tank:What to Look for
Outdoor and above-ground fuel storage tanks are an excellent way to safely store your Oilheat on your home's property. Your fuel tank is expertly engineered to last for years, and while issues are rare, a routine inspection will help catch a problem early and extend the lifespan of your fuel storage tank even further.
During your inspection, keep an eye out for:
- Wet Spots - If you notice any wet spots underneath the tank or on its surface, this could be an indicator of trouble.
- Unstable Legs - If the legs are uneven and the tank is not level, it will have trouble functioning at its full potential.
- Rust and Dents - Corrosion or dent marks along the exterior of the tank could be indicators of problems coming from inside the tank.
- Unprotected Lines - The tubing that connects the tank to your home can deteriorate. If you notice any cracks or splits in the rubber tubing, call a professional.
Virginia Petroleum Storage Tank Fund
Tank releases are rare, but as a resident of Virginia, your fuel storage tank is covered in the event of an oil spill or leak for up to $1 million for costs above a $500 deductible for residential clean-ups. This program is free and requires no enrollment.