About six million homes in the U.S. rely on oil heating, with residential heating oil tanks either installed inside the home, outside above ground next to the home or buried outside in the front or back yards with fuel lines that lead into the furnace. And much like any other component of a home, heating oil tanks can deteriorate or get damaged, leading to leaks.
When Your Oil Tank Leaks
The appropriate response to a leaking oil tank depends on where it’s installed. Detecting a leak is as easy as noticing an oil puddle on the floor beneath your tank, but handling an indoor leak is actually different from an outdoor one. For instance, an oil leak from an outdoor tank won’t easily be detected unless it contaminates your neighbor’s water supply depending on where it’s located.
With regular checks on your sump pump (if you have one), you’ll also be able to see if you have a leak in your heating oil tank. You really won’t know for sure unless you notice traces of heating oil in your pump. You can also have it checked by a certified heating oil and delivery technician for a better peace of mind.
How it Can Be Fixed
Oil is a combustible material, so no matter where your heating oil tank is located, you’ll have to contact your local fire department immediately. If it’s inside your home, open your windows to ventilate the area. Make sure you prevent anyone from coming near the leak before the fire officials arrive.
You or some of your family members may also have a bad reaction to the oil leak and its vapors, such as dizziness, nausea or headaches. You’ll have to consider moving your family to a hotel or a relative’s home until the leak has been fixed; otherwise, you’ll be at risk of long-term health damage due to exposure.
For all your heating oil needs, Burch Oil is the expert to call. As your best choice for heating oil and other HVAC services, we have experience and expertise you need to guarantee the results you’re looking for. To get started, call us at (301) 373-2131 or fill out our convenient contact form. Talk to us today!