Oil Storage FAQsTanks are an effective way to store oil, and with proper care, can last a very long time. 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 advise you on replacement options (size, type and installation location for your home).
Q. What should I know about proper tank care?
You can assist in proper tank care 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.
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?
There are several signs that your current oil tank may be leaking. Look carefully for dead vegetation around the tank area, an oil scent in the basement, 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.
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.)
(Many customers feel that aboveground tanks are more practical than underground tanks because they are easier to monitor.)
CARE® Tank Protection Plan
As reliable and sturdy oil storage tanks are, rare releases can happen. It’s best to be prepared in order to protect your property and your wallet from costly cleanups and repairs. With Romanelli’s CARE® Tank Protection Plan, you can stay ahead of any damages caused by a release and rest easy knowing that we’re here to help if one ever occurs.
Click here to learn more and to download the application for CARE®