If you heat your home with oil, you must always make certain that your residential oil tank is in good repair and leak free. An older home oil tank can rust and begin to leak without any visible signs to alert the owner. Before you order your first tank full of fuel for the winter, you should have your current oil tank inspected by a licensed environmental contracting service. With a few simple tests, they can tell you if there are any underground leaks and the extent of the soil contamination. A licensed environmental contractor can also tell you if you are eligible for any grants that can reimburse you for some of the cost of a residential oil tank removal and clean up.
If you are currently using underground oil tanks to store your heating oil, here are five points to seriously consider before your next fill up.
1. Leaking storage tanks are a problem as far as losing expensive oil that could be used to heat your home. Now, some of the new and upgraded environmental laws and regulations make the owner liable for clean up and you could also face possible fines if known problems are ignored or not adequately addressed.
2. Older oil storage tanks can rust and spring leaks that are difficult to detect when they are underground. This could mean that the home owner is not even aware of any problem until substantial soil contamination has occurred which could result in thousands of dollars in clean up fees and.
3. Older oil storage tanks should be inspected by a licensed environmental contractor, regularly, to keep the home owner apprised of any current or potential problems. Regular residential oil tank cleaning can help to prevent or postpone leaks and other problems that can cause a breakdown in adequate oil delivery to the furnace.
4. Underground storage tanks cannot be adequately repaired and should be removed and replaced as soon as a leak is discovered or suspected. Any new residential oil tank installation should be done only by a licensed contractor to ensure that all environmental laws and regulations are being scrupulously followed.
5. New residential oil tanks are now made from Stainless steel, plastic or a combination of the two materials and will not rust or leak like the older versions and your new residential oil tank capacity may exceed the number of gallons in your old tank, meaning you will only need one tank instead of two or require fewer fill ups during the winter months. Residential oil tank prices are also at a very reasonable level at this time to help encourage home owners to have older tanks inspected and replaced if necessary.
It is vital that, if you have not had your residential underground oil tank inspected in the last few years, you do this before you order your next supply of fuel. In New Jersey, ANCO Environmental Services can perform the inspection and testing necessary to provide you with this important information. If your tank or tanks are leaking, ANCO can also provide you with residential oil tank removal, contaminated soil clean up and new tank sales and residential oil tank replacement installation. Because they are a licensed environmental service, they can also help you to qualify for any loans or grants available through State or Federal agencies. This is the time to be pro-active when it comes to taking responsibility for any future environmental problems. Acting now can save you thousands of dollars in the very near future.