What you Need to Know about your Heating Oil Storage Tank

- 10:00 am - December 26th, 2023

One of the benefits of using heating oil is that you can safely store your home fuel right on your property in a heating oil storage tank. While it's a great idea to utilize enclosures to protect your tank, storage tanks are still susceptible to damage from their exposure to the elements, which can lead to corrosion and contamination. It’s important to perform routine inspections to help identify problems early and extend the lifespan of your fuel storage tank.

During your inspection, keep an eye out for:

  • Wet Spots - If you notice any wet spots underneath the tank or on its surface, this is an indicator of trouble; call a professional to have it looked at.
  • Unstable Legs - Unfortunately, some problems that occur with a storage fuel tank are the result of faulty installation. If the legs are uneven and the tank is not level, it will have trouble functioning at its full potential. This is never a problem when Southside Fuel installs your fuel storage tank!
  • Rust and Dents - Corrosion or dent marks along the exterior of the tank are indicators of problems coming from inside the tank.
  • Unprotected Lines - Just like the fuel storage tank itself, the tubing that connects the tank to your home can deteriorate. If you notice any cracks or splits in the rubber tubing, call us right away at 804-231-5798.

Virginia Petroleum Storage Tank Fund

Virginia is a great state for heating oil customers. While tank releases are very rare, every oil tank in the Commonwealth of Virginia is protected under the Virginia Petroleum Storage Tank Fund. Virginia provides FREE and automatic coverage for the cleanup costs of a leak or spill! 


Southside Fuel is your oil storage tank specialist! Contact us here for any questions or concerns involving your storage tanks!

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