Oil Storage FAQsQ. Should I be concerned about my tank?
A. Tanks are an effective way to store oil, and with proper maintenance, can last a very long time. You should not be concerned if both you and Romanelli & Son are taking care of the tank.
Q. When is it time to replace my oil tank?
A. Generally speaking, if your home is between 30 and 50 years old and has its original Oilheat tank, it's time to give Romanelli & Son a call. We can inspect your tank and advise you on replacement options (size, type and installation location for your home).
Q. What should I know about proper tank maintenance?
A. It is important to have your tank inspected periodically. This can be done during your oil burner preventative maintenance check. Your Romanelli service technician should look around the tank; inspect the fittings, the area the tank is in and the tank itself. You can assist in proper tank maintenance by making sure that the tank is away from debris and bushes, and preventing metal objects like ladders, lawn equipment and bicycles from leaning on the tank.
Q. When it comes to my tank, what's the most important thing to be concerned with?
A. The biggest "enemy" of any tank is corrosion or rust. Corrosion can only occur in the presence of water. That is why it is very important to protect the tank from exposure to water inside the tank. An outside tank does not have to be protected from rain (although tank enclosures are available for protection against the elements), but it should be painted, and inspected to ensure that any rusting is only on the surface.
Q. What are some specific signs that my tank may be leaking?
A. There are several signs that your current oil storage tank may be crying for help. Look carefully for dead vegetation around the tank fill area, an oil scent in the basement, spills or overfills around your tank or on the floor, leakage from valves or piping, or a loose fill cap or vent cap. If you have an aboveground tank, make sure the legs are stable and solidly attached to the tank and floor, and look for wet spots, peeling paint or excessive surface dents.
Q. What are my tank replacement options?
A. You can replace an old underground tank with a new, technologically advanced tank made from corrosion-resistant steel and fiberglass that improves tank safety and extends tank life. Or, you can replace an underground tank with an aboveground tank built of durable, corrosion-resistant materials, which can be customized for hard-to-fit places. (Many customers feel that aboveground tanks are more practical than underground tanks because they are easier to monitor.)