The main concern that customers have regarding their oil tank:
- Is my oil tank in compliance with industry standards?
- What are the standards for an oil tank?
Prevention is the best way to avoid an eventual oil leak from an oil tank or from the oil line that runs from the tank to the oil heating equipment (furnace, boiler or oil-fired water heater).
Here are the items to check:
- An oil tank that is over 20 years old should be replaced. Since the late 1990’s, the age (year) of the tank is disclosed on the identification plaque
- No identification plaque indicates that the oil tank is over 20 years old
- An oil tank installed outdoors presents a higher risk of a leak as it is exposed to temperature variations with freezing and thawing cycles
- The presence of humid areas or sweating at the base (underneath) is a sign of an eventual problem
- A persistent smell of heating oil indicates an oil leak is on the horizon
- Signs of corrosion is also an imminent sign of an oil leak
- An oil tank left empty during summer season leads to humidity and corrosion build up inside the tank. It is recommended to fill up the oil tank in the spring to avoid this scenario. It is also important to mention that in case of a claim for an oil tank leak; most home insurance companies will not insure homes with indoor oil tanks that are older than 20 years or outdoor tanks older than 10 years, unless it is a fiberglass tank.
Please take note that the heating oil industry urges customers to be proactive in replacing their oil tank to avoid potential leaks that could lead to expensive decontamination costs. Norco has the right to refuse an oil delivery to a tank that presents a risk. In that context, we will propose oil tank replacement options.
For more information, contact us at 514 486-9000 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please consult the following link (available in French only) for the industry standards regarding oil tanks: http://www.cmmtq.org/docs/Documents/Actalitesenbref/Guide-des-reservoirs-residentiels-au-mazout.pdf