Top-off Your Tank for Summer

Posted by Laura Bretz on 6/1/15 11:15 AM


oil tank top offWith summer rapidly approaching, the last thing many people think about is their oil tank.  However, ensuring that your oil tank is full before summer begins is extremely important.  If you don’t take the necessary steps, there are costly issues that could arise in the winter.

 


When a tank is not filled, there is a small pocket of air at the top of the tank.  In that enclosed space, water easily condenses.  That condensation creates moisture and is a perfect environment for sludge-producing bacteria to grow.  Sludge is one of the biggest reasons why heating systems fail and breakdown.  Whether your tank is an interior or an exterior tank, condensation cannot be eliminated but it can be reduced.  The best way to handle this is to make sure your oil tank is filled before it’s too late.

Other than preventing sludge, the current price per gallon of oil is low.  Traditionally, the price of crude oil goes up in the summer due to travel.  Getting a delivery before the summer begins has the potential of saving you money.

Another thing to consider is the age of your tank.  If it’s over 20 years old, you may want to consider purchasing a new tank.  With a newer tank, you have less of a risk of issues in the future.

It’s important to take care of your oil tank.  Not having it filled before temperatures begin to climb could be very costly.  Be sure to contact your oil supplier, like Shipley Energy, to get a delivery scheduled.

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Topics: Heating Oil