In some parts of the country there are homes that are still heated by oil storage tanks. Like any structure in the home, oil storage tanks must be cared for in order to work properly. Left uncared for, the oil storage tank can become unstable, begin to leak, and cause massive amounts of damage to the environment and surrounding area. When it comes to insuring a home with an oil tank, there has to be regular inspections and care given so the tank remains in top shape or the insurance company will not insure the home.
The tank should be inspected on yearly basis so that it works properly. The first thing to check is the condition of the lines. Look for cracks or evidence of small leaks. If any damage is found, have it repaired by a licensed contractor. Second, make sure the cap and vent are connected and tight. The cap keeps foreign matter from entering the tanks and a clean vent allows pressure to remain equal in the tank to prevent explosion. Also take a look and inspect the stands of which the tank sits. The stands should be in good shape to make sure that it does not fall over.
Tanks should also be kept clean to allow for maximum operation. Keep the outside of the tank free from ice and snow to it can be accessed with ease should the tank need to be worked on or filled. To clean the inside, remove the cap and fill the tank with water and Tri Sodium Phosphate, also known as TSP. Use a hose and air compressor to blow air through the mixture. Allow the process to continue for up to 12 hours. Drain the tank and allow it to dry out. In order to use the tank run one gallon of alcohol through it and drain. Allow the tank to dry and fill with oil when ready.