Self Inspection Checklist

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?