February 19th, 2021
Properly installed and maintained, depending on the type of oil tank, they can last up to 50 years. Caring for your tank can save you thousands of dollars in both utility expenditures and replacement costs. One of the best things you can do to ensure you get the full longevity out of your oil tank is to have it inspected whenever there are signs of damage. A professional inspection will catch any issues early and repair them before they become expensive problems. Here are four signs that you need to have your oil tank inspected as soon as possible.
You Can Smell Oil
Oil tanks are designed to not only store oil but block oil vapors. Oil vapors have a very distinct smell. If you smell the oil on your property, whether in your home or outside, it is a sign that the vapors are escaping the tank. This could be a sign of a number of problems from oil tank leaks to filtration issues to pump failures. Further, oil vapors are flammable, so it is extremely important you have your tank inspected to keep your family and home safe.
Your Grass Is Dying
Oil is extremely toxic to vegetation. When it comes into contact with plants, it will kill them immediately. If your grass is dying, it could be a sign of an oil leak, especially if the grass is dying around where your oil tank is located. Another sign is an oily shine that floats on top of pooling water. So if your grass is dying and you water it, look for signs of an oil sheen.
Your Water Is Cold
If your oil tank provides the energy for your hot water heater, a good way to determine if your tank is failing is to monitor your water temperature. If your water is taking longer to heat or becomes colder than normal, it could be a problem with your oil tank. An inspector will check the performance of your tank and the associated pumps and electrical lines, to make sure that it is probably heating your water.
Your Energy Bill Is Going Up
When your oil tank is not properly functioning, it can increase your energy bill. Oil tank problems usually build up over time. So the best way to monitor this is to look at your energy costs over time. If you find that your bill is steadily increasing, it may be a sign that you need to have your oil tank inspected.
If you notice any of these four signs, it’s a good idea to call an inspector to come out and take a look. They’ll assess the situation, investigate any problems, and make recommendations for repairs if needed. Regular inspections will keep your tank in great condition for its full lifetime. To learn more about how to care for your tank or if you need someone to inspect your tank, give Contact us at Meridian Environmental Services Inc. We’ll be happy to answer any questions and schedule an appointment right away.