Fuel storage tanks in Michigan
Oil storage tanks can last for many years, but they eventually do give out. Life spans vary depending on the humidity, the thickness of the steel and more. And when tanks do fail, it’s hard to see it coming because they generally erode from the inside out.
To avoid the headaches that will come if your tank fails, it’s a good idea to check out the new aboveground tank options that are available. Today’s fuel storage tanks are light-years ahead of old models because they are virtually leak-proof and have features that include:
- sleek designs
- double-wall construction that includes an outer tank of corrosion-resistant galvanized steel
- leak-detection system
- long-term warranties
Here’s another great feature: Modern aboveground tanks generally can be installed in small or unusually shaped spaces.
Storage tank installation
As with oil boilers and furnaces, periodic storage tank maintenance can help you ward off problems with your fuel storage system and extend its life. But eventually there will come a time when it makes sense to upgrade with a new storage tank installation.
Beyond vast improvements in fuel quality, you should know that there have been many advances in oil heating equipment, including oil storage tanks. Designed with corrosion-resistant materials, today’s tanks can last for decades. Plus, new technology allows for remote monitoring to protect against the rare event of a leak and guarantees that you will always have a sufficient supply of heating oil on hand.
If your oil tank is more than 30 years old, it’s a good idea to speak with your local Michigan oilheat dealer about your replacement options. Ask about details on getting a $400 rebate for an oil tank upgrade.
Storage tank maintenance
If you see any of these problems with your aboveground tank, please alert your Michigan oilheat company.
- leaks from tank fittings, filters, piping or the tank gauge
- signs of oil spills around the tank, fill pipe or vent lines
- signs of corrosion
- sagging tank “legs”—the tank’s “belly” should not be touching the ground
- clogs or restrictions in fill cap and vent cap
Note: Basement and outside oil tanks are required to have a working vent alarm, which prevents spills by letting the driver know when the tank is full. Contact your oilheat company if you have questions about your vent alarm.