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heating oil tank ken county, ct If your oil tank is reaching the end of its lifespan, you need to call a pro to help you remove it. Heating oil tank removal is not a DIY project. It’s not just hard work: There are permits to file, as well as regulations about how the work is done and how to dispose of your tank.

That’s where Casey Energy can help.

We’ve been serving heating oil customers in the Ridgefield, Connecticut, area since 1949, so we know a lot about heating oil tanks and how to remove them safely. We have the training, the permits, and the equipment to get the job done. Got an underground tank? No problem: we work with an EPA-certified subcontractor to handle excavation work.

When to Replace Your Oil Tank

Know the warning signs that your tank is leaking or about to start. If you notice any of these, contact us ASAP!

  1. Damp spots on the tank are the first sign your oil tank is leaking. 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.
  2. Blistering in the paint on the underside of the tank is a sure sign your tank is compromised.
  3. Condensation on the outside of the tank, even after a delivery, is an important warning sign.
  4. Sticky drips like black icicles will form on the underside of the tank if the leak has gone undetected. You may or may not notice an oil smell.
  5. Depending on how long the leak goes undetected, an oil stain will begin to develop on the floor underneath the tank.

How Old Is Too Old?

If your tank is less than 15 years old, you’re probably ok for a few more years. If you don’t know how old your tank is or when it was installed, and your home was built before 2000, it’s probably time to consider a replacement.

Another consideration is how the tank is made. Older tanks are made of steel, which can rust or corrode. But they can be of single- or double-walled construction, and different gauges or thicknesses. Thicker, double walls are better. Also, the location of the connector valve can make a difference. Tanks with connectors at the bottom of the tank (instead of the side) last longer. Newer tanks are made from plastic and fiberglass and are designed to last 50 years or more.

The other thing that can affect the lifespan of an oil tank is maintenance. Tanks left empty over the summer can have condensation build up inside. That can lead to rust. Likewise, sediments at the bottom of the tank can result in corrosion. All that damage happens from the inside out: if you are seeing rust or seepage on the outside of your tank, you need to act fast to avoid a costly leak and spill.

Steel tanks are still available today, but they are built to a much higher standard than in the past. Using alternative construction materials such as fiberglass and polyethylene for the inner lining of double-walled tanks make them virtually leak-proof.

The Bottom Line

There are plenty of other ways to save money. 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 hiring experts.

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.