Why Should I Top Off My Heating Oil Tank Before Summer?

Protect Your Heating Oil Tank From Sludge And Corrosion!

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Spring is in full swing here in the Delmarva region, and winter is receding from memory.

Like many folks who utilize heating oil in our area, you probably used whatever heating oil was still in your tank to get through the end of winter and plan on getting a heating oil delivery sometime this fall. That’s not exactly a good idea—and for several reasons.

Top off your heating oil tank now, and you’ll be protecting both your heating oil tank and your home.

Stop Condensation

Condensation is the beginning of big trouble for your heating oil tank.

When you leave empty space in your heating oil tank, it’s an invitation for condensation to develop on the bare interior walls of your tank. Eventually, that condensation drips off and sinks to the bottom of the tank. That creates an ideal environment for the development of bacteria and sediment, which cause corrosion. That corrosion can lead to tank failure, which comes with a lot of hassle and expense.

Prevent Sludge

Sludge is another problem that gets its start from condensation. When sludge develops along with the bacteria and sediment, it can clog your fuel lines, reduce the efficiency of your heating system, and, if the lines are fully clogged, your furnace or boiler won’t get fuel and your heating system will break down.

Stay Ahead Of The Game

Often, a cold snap can happen early in the fall. But if you only have the leftover heating oil from last winter, you may not have enough to keep your home safe and warm through that cold snap.

By filling your heating oil tank now, you can be ready to turn on your furnace or boiler whenever you need to and take advantage of off-season heating oil prices to boot!

Take care of your heating oil tank and save yourself from any headaches. Contact us today to schedule a heating oil fill-up!