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Best Practices. Best Solutions... for safe oil storage

You want to protect your home, your family and your investment

Whether you’re looking to upgrade from your single-wall steel oil tank, or just want the added peace-of-mind of leak protection technology, talk to your oilheat service professional to learn which modern and safe storage options are right for you.

Best Practices

  1. Choose a modern tank that won’t corrode such as fibreglass or plastic, or choose a leakresistant double bottom steel solution with a leak detection monitoring device.
  2. Install your new tank INDOORS whenever possible such as in the basement, garage or utility room. When it’s not exposed to the extreme outdoor elements, it has greater life expectancy, lower maintenance costs and less chance of a leak.
  3. If your tank must be located outdoors, ensure it is properly supported on a concrete pad or on reinforced patio stones. This will prevent it from shifting, settling, or falling over as seasonal weather conditions can cause ground shifts and frost heaves.
  4. Have your new tank properly installed by a COHA GreenTECHTM Certified technician who has taken advanced training to safely install oil tanks and is familiar with provincial building code requirements.
  5. Never install a used oil tank. You never know what you’re getting.
  6. If your tank is located outdoors, ensure gauge, fitting and line protectors are part of the safe storage system and that all areas around your lines and connections are kept clear of ice and snow.
  7. Whether your tank is located indoors or outdoors, install an oil line protector (and gauge protector if tank is outside) to safeguard against foot traffic, falling debris, etc.
  8. If you can’t upgrade now, consider a drip pan under your indoor tank, as well as under any oil line connections to the burner on your furnace and water heater.
  9. If you’re having a new steel tank installed, NEVER transfer oil from your old tank into your new one. Not only could this void your warranty, it has the potential to prematurely affect the integrity of your new tank. Industry Best Practices firmly recommend the transfer of oil from your old tank to your new tank be avoided, no matter the type of tank you are having installed.
  10. Make sure your tank bears an Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) label, ensuring it is certified to a national standard and as required by the jurisdiction having authority in your area.