If you need to replace your home’s heating oil tank, Atlantic-Pratt Energy is here to help! We’ve been providing quality heating oil delivery and services to homes all over the South Shore for more than 100 years.
We have an ample supply of heating oil tanks, and we can help you select your new tank after discussing your needs with you, remove your old heating oil tank and install your new one.
If your heating oil tank is over 20 years old, it is wise to start considering its replacement. The last thing you want is an unexpected failure that forces you to replace your heating oil tank.
Corrosion poses the greatest threat to your heating oil tank, lurking within its walls. As the empty portion of the tank accumulates condensation, this moisture trickles down and settles at the tank’s base, forming an environment conducive to sediment formation. Over time, this sediment corrodes the tank from the inside, gradually compromising its integrity.
While corrosion occurs inside the tank, there are often external indicators of tank failure. It is, therefore, advisable to regularly inspect your heating oil tank. If you notice any of the following warning signs of corrosion, it is crucial to contact us immediately to initiate the replacement process and mitigate the risk of heating oil tank failure.
Q. What size heating oil tank should I have?
A. The most common heating oil tank sizes are 275 and 330 gallons. These sizes are generally adequate for residential use. In addition to your home’s heating oil needs, another factor to consider is the space allowed for a heating oil tank, especially if you are installing your tank in the basement.
Q. How are today’s heating oil tanks different?
A. Modern heating oil tanks are constructed using high-quality materials and advanced features to ensure leak prevention and overfill protection. Many tanks are double-walled, incorporating a weld-free galvanized steel exterior and a polyethylene interior, specifically engineered to mitigate the risk of leaks. For those seeking a more cost-effective option, single-wall tanks are available for both indoor and outdoor use.
Q. What type of heating oil tank should I install?
A. We highly recommend our customers to consider using aboveground heating oil tanks for several compelling reasons. The foremost advantage is the ability to detect any potential leaks, which is not possible with underground tanks. Moreover, if you have plans of selling your home in the future, having an underground oil tank can complicate the process, as potential buyers are understandably wary of the financial and environmental risks associated with them. Therefore, opting for an aboveground heating oil tank is a prudent choice to ensure safety, convenience and ease of property transactions.
Q. Does my homeowner’s insurance cover heating oil tank failure?
A. Regrettably, the majority of homeowner’s insurance policies do not provide coverage for remediation costs associated with heating oil tank failures. A couple residing near Boston encountered a distressing situation in 2022 when a leak from their basement tank resulted in remediation expenses exceeding $100,000 and nearly caused them to lose their home. We highly recommend getting in touch with your homeowner’s insurance provider to explore the possibility of obtaining separate tank coverage.
Stopping condensation buildup inside your tank is the best way to protect your heating oil tank from corrosion. To prevent condensation in warmer weather, we highly recommend our customers fill their heating oil tanks at the end of the heating season. Reducing the number of bare walls means less condensation develops.
Whether you are in Hull or Halifax, you can enjoy the security of heating oil tank services from Atlantic-Pratt Energy! Contact us today to get started.