Four Signs You Need an Oil Tank Replacement

Owning a Cape Cod home or business comes with a high level of responsibility, one of which is the monthly maintenance of an oil tank. Part of that maintenance includes checking the site, control mechanisms, the integrity of the tank, and making sure the actual tank hasn’t been harmed from the elements of Massachusetts. When you are conducting your monthly check on an oil tank, here are four signs that may suggest you will need an oil tank replacement.

1. Rust

When metal interacts with water and air, it can turn into rust, and rust thins the wall between the oil and the outside world. Not only can rust ruin an oil tank on Cape Cod, but it can also clog the fuel lines and filter, which will prevent a heating system from operating properly.

If you find one or two spots outside of an oil tank, it may be an indication that there’s more inside. Dents on the outside of the tank can also indicate a more serious problem on the inside.

2. Wet Spots

Another way to check if an oil tank may need to be replaced are wet spots on the tank or the tank’s site. Wet spots are a sign the tank may be leaking, which is an enormous hazard to you, your family, and the environment.

If a person or child comes into contact with oil, it could potentially result in coughing, choking, lung irritation, pneumonia, and even death. So, it is important to schedule a tank check with Falmouth Energy as soon as you see wet spots appear.

3. Location

If your tank is above ground and in an area that gets the brunt of Massachusetts’ winters, there is a greater chance the tank site could be weakened or damaged by the elements. Therefore, you may want to consider building a shelter to shield it from the Cape Cod weather or have your tank moved to another spot on your property where it won’t be directly exposed to harsh weather.

4. Weak or Unstable Legs

Finally, weak or unstable legs can also be a sign a tank needs to be replaced because it could lead to a leaning tank. A leaning tank could easily result in falling, and a fallen tank is not only time-consuming to care of but expensive. In addition to replacing the tank, you will have to clean up the oil and care for any damages caused by the oil.

If you find yourself with unstable legs, it is possible to replace just the legs. But much of the time it’s more cost-effective to simply replace the entire oil tank. Feel free to contact Falmouth Energy’s customer service representatives at 508–548–3200 to see how your needs can be met and learn more about who we service.