7 tips to keep your oil tank running smoothly
Submitted by Medway Oil Company, Inc.
- Weeping, which is the staining on the outside of your oil tank, should not happen. Most likely, the oil fill pipe and vent pipe are incorrect sizes. The inside dimension of the vent pipe must be at least equal to, or larger than, the fill pipe. This will allow the air pressure to escape. Weeping can be an early warning sign of a potential tank rupture.
- Never store items on top of or under the oil storage tank. By pressing a container against a weak spot, you could cause a leak.
- Tune up your oil burner annually for maximum efficiency.
- Central air conditioning needs to be inspected and tuned annually to make sure your home is kept cool during the hot summer months.
- Insects nesting in your vent pipe are a dangerous hazard. During fueling, the nest will impede air escaping from your tank and cause undue stress on your tank welds.
- The area around the boiler/furnace should be clear of all items. Flammable materials too close to the oil burner could be problematic and dangerous.
- Keep shrubs trimmed and away from the oil fill pipe.
According to Massachusetts state law, all oil lines must be compliant by Sept. 30, 2011. If your oil line comes in contact with cement, dirt or other material, it must be enclosed in a non-metallic protective sleeve, or you must have an oil safety valve.
Medway Oil Company, Inc., of Medway, Mass., is committed to providing customers with superior service and products while striving for a safe, environmentally friendly and professional work environment.
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