The TankSure® Program enables you to replace your aboveground tank preemptively, so that you never experience an accidental release, providing you with the security you need to know that your tank is problem-free. The TankSure® Program includes a visual inspection and ultrasonic test of aboveground residential fuel oil storage tanks. The test uses an EPA-approved technology to determine the integrity of the tank. TankSure® Trained Service Providers conduct the test which only takes about ten minutes. The test is normally conducted during an annual tune-up of the heating system. Qualified tanks will be protected with at least a $1,000 proactive tank replacement warranty. The TankSure® Program's benefits include:
For more information or to enroll in the TankSure® Program, call or contact Service Energy today!
Many homeowners have questions about their storage tanks. Here are some frequently asked questions:
Q. Should I be concerned about my tank?
A. No. Tanks are an effective and convenient way to store oil, and with proper maintenance, can last for an extremely long time. With proper attention from you and Service Energy, there is no reason to be concerned.
Q. I have an underground tank — how do I know it's safe?
A. Although leaks do occur in residential underground storage tanks (UST), they are rare. The National Oilheat Research Alliance has developed a simple evaluation procedure for underground tanks. The rate of corrosion for UST is affected by the type of soil the tank is in, how often it rains, whether there are rocks or leftover construction waste near the tank. People have reported tanks in good condition that are many decades old. However, and unfortunately, some tanks have failed earlier. If you're concerned about possible underground leakage, Service Energy can properly fill and close off the tank and install a new aboveground tank.
Q. What should I know about proper tank maintenance?
A. It is important to have your tank inspected periodically. A Service Energy technician will look around the tank and inspect the fittings, the area the tank is in and the tank itself. You can assist in proper tank maintenance by ensuring that your aboveground tank is away from debris and bushes, and by preventing metal objects from leaning on the tank.
Q. When it comes to my tank, what's the most important thing to be concerned with?
A. Corrosion or rust is the biggest "enemy" of storage tanks. Corrosion can only occur in the presence of water, which is why it is very important to protect the inside of the tank from exposure to water. An outside tank does not have to be protected from rain although there are tank enclosures available for protection against the elements. An outside aboveground tank should be painted, and inspected to ensure that any rusting is only on the surface.
Q. What are some specific signs that my tank may be leaking?
A. There are several signs that your current oil storage tank may be crying for help. Look carefully for excessive water, dead vegetation around the tank fill area, an oil scent in the basement, spills or overfills around your tank or on the floor, leakage from valves or piping, or a loose fill cap or vent cap. With an aboveground tank, make sure the legs are stable and solidly attached to the tank and floor, and look for wet spots, peeling paint or excessive surface dents.
Q. What else can I do to protect my tank?
A. Service Energy offers affordable tank protection from TankSure®. Please see above for more information or contact us.
If your home is between 30 and 50 years old and has its original tank, it's time to give Service Energy a call. We can visually inspect your tank and advise you on replacement options based on the size, type and installation location for your home.
If your aboveground tank experiences an accidental release, you can replace it with a new aboveground tank made from corrosion-resistant steel and fiberglass that improves tank safety and extends tank life. Aboveground tanks can be customized for those hard-to-fit places.
If your current aboveground Oilheat storage tank needs to be replaced, call or contact Service Energy!