Cold, long winters means that having a warm home is of utmost priority. So, if you have an above ground oil tank as a source for heating your home, you need it to be working effectively. What are some simple checks you can do to make sure it is not damaged or leaking in any place? Check for the following signs:
The first thing to do if you are concerned there may be a leak is to have good look at the area surrounding the oil tank. Can you smell a strong smell of oil? If it is sitting on grass or vegetation of some type, is it discolored or dead? These would be some obvious signs that the tank is leaking.
Another simple check is to give the tank itself a thorough check to observe any sign of damage of deterioration. Do you observe any metal patches that appear discolored or does it look like the tank has been repaired and patched up in the past? What do the legs supporting the tank look like? Are they rusting or look uneven? An oil tank is extremely heavy so its important that it has proper support. Its also good to be aware of the damage that could be caused by the above ground tank being subjected to all types of weather extremes. Try to avoid further damage and make sure that water, ice or snow is not constantly falling or dripping on it.
It is extremely important to maintain your above ground oil tank. Check any disconnected fuel lines for signs of nests or insects etc. These could easily cause a blockage. Remember also that a leaking oil tank is not only a problem for you as the home owner, but it can also create problems environmentally.
George Adair, Certified Professional Home Inspector
I provide a wide range of home inspection and home inspection related services in the following areas of southern Manitoba: Winnipeg, Selkirk , Lockport,Steinbach,
Stony Mountain, Elie, Rosser, Lorette Sanford, East St. Paul, West St. Paul, Oak Bank,
Oak Bluff, Landmark,
St. Anne, Saint Andrews,
La Salle, Richer, Niverville and Warren.
Our extended area also includes: Lac Du Bonnet, Beausejour, Libeau, Gimli, Pinawa, Falcon Beach, Winnipeg Beach, Grand Marais, Saint Laurent, and Pine Falls