For exterior tanks, be sure that you look at the area surrounding the tank. Oil seepage can spread quickly in the ground. Look for signs of leakage, such as:
- A significant increase in your fuel consumption.
- Vegetation near the tank is dying due to oil seeping into the soil resulting from a leak in your oil tank that is connected to a heating system currently in use.
- Oil has seeped into the soil and contaminated a portion of your land.
What you can do for outside tanks: on your property
- Locate the tank away from any domestic water source.
- If you have a tank installed outside, be sure to protect it from snow and ice, falling debris from roof tops and trees, and any impact with a vehicle.
- Level outdoor tanks on a stable surface such as a concrete block.
- Outdoor tanks should be equipped with a vent alarm system. This device is installed on your tank where the air is vented. The alarm emits a noise while your tank is being filled; when the tank reaches its maximum volume, the alarm shuts off. This tells your delivery person that the tank is full.
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