As we reach the cool seasons on the East End and North Fork of Long Island, many homeowners are getting their homes ready for the frosty weather ahead. While you’re detaching your garden hose and putting your lawnmower into storage, it’s a good idea to take a look at your home’s oil tank.
Many homeowners have never had to replace their heating oil tanks before, but you don’t want to just forget about yours. The experts at Burt’s Reliable can inspect your aging tank and, if necessary, upgrade you to a state-of-the-art replacement.
Typically, aboveground oil tanks (which also include heating oil tanks in a basement) have a lifespan of 25 to 30 years. Underground tanks last much less time, typically in the 15 to 20-year range. If your aboveground tank is approaching the 25-year mark, you’ll want to be on the lookout for signs that it might fail.
The most common cause of heating oil tank failure is corrosion from the inside, most often the result of condensation. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to see internal corrosion, which is, by definition, out of sight. However, there are early warnings, including the following:
Heating oil tank failure can be more than just inconvenient. They can lead to considerable unexpected costs. If your tank fails and causes a heating oil spill, the cleanup and environmental remediation process could cost thousands. But this risk is completely avoidable.
Burt’s Reliable can look at your tank and then repair it (if that’s possible) or arrange a replacement.
If you need a heating oil tank replacement, our team can handle every step of the process. We will transfer any remaining fuel from your old tank and safely remove the empty tank. If you have an old underground tank, we can fill it with sand or foam in accordance with Suffolk County Health Department regulations. You can feel confident that Burt’s Reliable will ensure your new tank complies with all state and local codes.
We know you’ll be happy with our heating oil tank options. They are light years ahead of the last generation of fuel storage tanks, with double-walled construction and special safety features. The Granby Ecogard, for example, is virtually leak-proof, with a warranty of up to 25 years. We’ll take you through your options and help you choose the perfect replacement.
Don’t let a leaking heating oil tank ruin your winter and bust your home budget. Talk to the team at Burt’s Reliable about a new, top-of-the-line oil tank.