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Should I Remove My Heating Oil Tank Myself?

Here’s Why Replacing A Heating Oil Tank Is Not a DIY Project—and How Casey Can Help

oil tank removal There are some people who like to roll up their sleeves and tackle all kinds of projects themselves. For some, it’s about saving some money. For a lot of them, it’s more about getting a little dirty, learning how things work and the pride of doing it themselves. Removing an oil tank is not one of those projects.

Many municipalities require a permit for heating oil tank removals, because there are many regulations about how the work is done, and to ensure it’s done safely. The cost of remediating a spill would quickly cancel any savings from doing the work yourself. An underground tank would require excavation equipment along with all the other challenges and requirements.

There are also rules for disposing of old oil tanks, and often a fee. You can’t just drop it off at the recycling center. Casey has the permits, the equipment and the training to remove your oil tank safely from your basement, and we’ll work with our EPA-certified subcontractor to handle the removal of your underground tank. And, we’ll safely install your new tank.

When to Replace Your Oil Tank

If you don’t know when your tank was installed, and your home was built before 2000, it’s probably time to replace your tank. As your tank approaches the 30-year mark, you should start keeping an eye out for the warning signals that it’s hitting the end of its lifespan.

Here are the telltale signs that your heating oil tank is leaking—or could start soon.

Damp Spots: The first sign your oil tank is leaking is a damp spot on the tank. Usually, they will appear on the underside of your tank or along the seam at the bottom of the tank. As the leak gets worse, oil will travel up the side of the tank.

Paint Problems: Blistering in the paint on the underside of the tank is a sign the tank is compromised. Condensation on the outside of the tank, even after a delivery, is also a warning sign.

Sticky Drips: If the leak goes undetected, black icicle-like deposits or sticky drips will form on the underside of the tank. You may or may not notice an oil smell.

Floor Stains: Reddish black spots will appear on the floor underneath the area. Depending on how long the leak goes undetected, an oil stain will begin to develop on the floor.

The Bottom Line

Rebuilding the engine of a vintage sports car is a great DIY project. Attempting to remove a rusty, old, possibly leaking heating oil tank is a job you need to leave to the pros. The hassle and expense of remediating an oil spill is a lot bigger than the cost of simply replacing an aging tank.

If you think it’s time to replace your tank, the pros at Casey can answer all your questions about expert oil tank removal and replacement–and reliable heating oil deliveries in northern Fairfield County and northern Westchester County. For details, contact us today.