If your home or business has an above-ground heating oil tank system, you want to make sure it lasts a lifetime. Like with any other part of your home or business, careful maintenance, routine inspections, and a tune-up can add years and even decades of life to your heating oil tank. In this article, we will cover the importance of maintenance for your heating oil tank, as well as when to get an inspection. 

How Do I Take Care Of My Above Ground Oil Tank

Whether your oil tank is indoors or outdoors, you should make sure you are monitoring it carefully. Not paying attention to your tank can cause some real problems. You should routinely do a visual inspection for any signs of corrosion around the tank. Rust on the outside of a tank usually indicates that there is rust and corrosion on the inside of the tank as well. Check under the tank for any signs of staining or odors; if your tank is leaking, that needs to be repaired immediately. Some homeowners and business owners use a non-corrosive paint & primer combination. However, before you do this, you should contact a team that specializes in oil tank maintenance to make sure that this is right for your specific model of tank. Always ensure that vents and other openings are properly capped to prevent water from getting inside the tank. 

Should I Hire an Inspector To Look At My Oil Tank? 

Nothing beats the eye of a professional. Whether you are hiring an electrician to inspect your electrical system, a plumber to troubleshoot a leak, or an oil maintenance technician to help check your tank, you can never be too safe. The two best reasons to hire a professional for an inspection are that you have noticed something concerning (stains under the tank, signs of rust, etc.) or that it has been a while. For example, if you buy a home that has an oil tank or it has been a few years since someone has professionally tuned up your tank, we would recommend calling a professional to come to take a look. A professional can inspect your tank inside and out for any signs of damage and handle any repairs or tuning-up that needs to be done.

Get Your Oil Tank Tuned Up & Inspected 

If you have an oil tank, the Arlex Oil team would be happy to help with routine maintenance, tuning up, and other services. Give us a call today or fill out our online contact form for more information on tuning and services.