Storing Heating Oil
Home heating Oil heat is safe. Unlike gas, it isn’t flammable—if you dropped a lit match into a drum of home heating oil the match would go out.
Buried Oil Tank?
Most buried oil tanks are over 20 years of age. If you have one, Marran recommends replacing it with an above ground tank.
Oil Tank Capacity
The average home consumes 1,200 gallons of oil per year and should have a 275-gallon tank. Larger homes, with higher annual consumption, should have a 330 or 550-gallon capacity tank. Homes that are difficult to reach in icy or snowy conditions should consider additional storage.
Single Wall vs. Double Wall
Marran recommends the Roth double-wall polyurethane tank inside a galvanized steel oil tank. The double-wall tank costs more, but lasts longer, ultimately sparing you the cost of repeat maintenance or replacement.
Home Oil Tank Storage
Good — An oil tank against the side of the house is your least best option. If you decide on an outside oil tank, the tank and oil lines should be enclosed in an insulated shed. A properly designed shed can prevent problems with “cold oil,” condensation and tank rust.
Better — The next best location is in an attached garage. It protects your oil tank the same way an insulated shed does. The garage keeps oil temperature up and tank condensation down. If the tank is installed in the garage, crash poles are required, even if you don’t park you car there.
Best — The basement is the optimal place to install an above ground oil tank. Basements stay warm and dry year-round. Problems associated with cold oil are not an issue and crash poles aren’t necessary.
Check your above ground heating oil tank once a month. If you see or smell heating oil, contact Marran’s service department. We can quickly replace it before a bad situation gets even worse.
Marran services Nassau and Suffolk, NY. Call then at (631) 654-2500 for more information.