If you have an oil tank on your property, one of the things you need to watch out for is oil leaks. A leak can contaminate the soil, contaminate the groundwater, and harm wildlife and plants in any nearby streams or ponds. As a responsible homeowner, you need to be on the lookout for the following signs of an oil leak, and contact a repair company to come fix or replace your tank at the first sign of a leak.
Dramatic increase in fuel consumption
Once you've been in your home for a while, you should get a sense of how quickly you consume oil. If your consumption rises dramatically, this may be a sign of a leak. Keep a close eye on the fill dial in your oil tank so that you spot any increase in consumption promptly.
If you've just moved into a home and are not sure whether your fuel consumption is normal or not, try contacting the realtor who sold you the home. They should be able to get in touch with the previous owner, who can give you an idea of their fuel consumption when they were in the home. Your consumption might differ from theirs somewhat, but if it's drastically greater, you should have your tank checked out.
Oily residues in drains or low spots
Whenever it rains, take a look at any puddles that form in low spots around your yard. If they have an oily sheen on the top of them, this is a sign of an oil leak. You can also look at any outdoor or basement drains you have. If they have an oily sheen -- or water flowing towards them seems to have a sheen -- this is also a sign of a leak.
The next time you have your oil tank filled, make sure you're present when the technician is on site. Take note of how the air smells after the tank gets filled. This is the smell of oil. If you smell it any time other than just after your oil tank has been filled, you probably have a leak.
Corrosion or rust on the tank
A little bit of surface rust is not a huge cause for concern. If you paint over it with some rust-proof paint, the problem should be solved. But if you see any rust or corrosion that seems to have made the tank thinner at certain points, you should just assume the tank is leaking -- because if it isn't, it will be very soon. Have this issue looked over by a qualified oil tank repair person. You will probably need to have the tank replaced entirely by a company like Capital City Tank Services Inc, though patches can be used for small spots of corrosion in certain areas.
9 May 2016
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