Protect Your Fuel Storage Tank During the Winter
Outdoor and aboveground fuel storage tanks are susceptible to damage from their exposure to the elements. While utilizing enclosures is a great way to prevent some damage, it’s not always effective or possible – so here are a few safety precautions you can take to keep your tank in good shape through the winter:
Remove Snow: After snowfall, use a broom to brush all sitting snow off of the surface of the tank to prevent water from getting into your tank.
Remove Overhanging Icicles: If you spot any icicles that could potentially fall onto your oil storage tank, safely remove them from wherever they’re hanging.
Clear a Maintenance Pathway: In case you need to call for maintenance (and especially for fuel deliveries!), be sure to clear a path to ensure easy and safe access to the tank. Please only do so if you’re able to – do not risk your own health!
Inspect for Damage: Check for signs of cracking, denting or other damage that may have occurred over time. If you notice damage, call us right away!
While you’re inspecting your tank for damage, it’s important to know what you’re looking for! Here are a few specific things to look out for during your DIY tank inspection:
- Rust and Dents – Corrosion and dent marks indicate something is wrong with how the tank is operating.
- Wet Spots – The presence of wet spots, either underneath the tank or on its surface, is an indicator of trouble.
- Unstable Legs – In many cases, problems with a fuel tank will be the result of faulty installation. If the legs are uneven, the tank would have trouble functioning at its full capacity.
- Unprotected Lines – If the rubber tubing that protects the lines that carry fuel between the tank and the home is split or cracked at any points, call right away.
If you have any concerns about the integrity of your fuel storage tank, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a call!