Self Inspection Checklist for Basement and Backyard
Aboveground Home Heating Oil Tanks
If you answer “YES” to any of the following questions, call your oil burner technician for a more detailed inspection and corrective measures. This is a list of items that you can easily observe. But remember, look, don’t touch. Even if you can see rust or an oily area, don’t touch. It’s best to call a licensed oil technician, and let a professional take care of it.
- Are the tank legs unstable or on a precarious foundation?
- Are there any signs of rust, weeps, wet spots, or excessive dents on the tank’s surface?
- Are there any drips or signs of leakage around the filter or valves?
- Do the oil lines between the tank and the furnace run either under concrete or aboveground without being encased in protective tubing?
- Is there danger of snow or ice falling on the tank?
- Is the tank vent clogged or restricted because of ice, snow, or insect nests? (Screened vents can be used to prevent insect nest problems.)
- Is the overfill whistle silent when the tank is being filled? (Ask your delivery person.)
- Are there signs of spills around the fill pipe or the vent pipe?
- Is the fuel-level gauge cracked, stuck, or frozen… or are there signs of oil around it?
- Are you using more oil than normal?