Leaking Heating Oil Tanks Can Be Serious

The consequences of a leaky heating oil tank can be quite serious. Some extremes are environmental damage, personal health and safety, fines, and the cost of cleanup.

Homeowners insurance, as you may know, makes homeowners responsible for upkeep and maintenance. Homeowners insurance does not pay for things like worn out roofs, siding, etc… Your heating oil tank is no different. Just like anything in your home, nothing lasts forever. Homeowners insurance is essentially “accident” insurance. Your home heating oil tank is something you should take a peek at several times a year to make sure it looks OK.

A leaky oil tank can cause damage, which most insurance companies will not cover. If an oil leak occurs, you could incur the heavy expense of having the soil surrounding your tank removed and replaced. Oil-soaked dirt is expensive to dispose of. If your leak damages other people’s property or public land, you could be facing legal costs and fines as well as the cost of repairing the damage.

For the most part, this can be avoided with regular tank inspections. If something does not look right to you, it probably is not right. Check the tank legs and make sure they are not missing, rusted, buckled or bent. Make sure the leg brackets are not cracked or coming away from the tank.

Check the platform of the tank, or blocks under the legs, to ensure it isn’t cracked or deformed.

Look for rust on metal tanks. Run your hands over the tank and connectors to detect warps, dents, weeping or wet spots. Statistics show that the bottoms usually leak first. Hillside does offer a heating oil tank warranty, the Tank-Guard program. This program pays for replacement of your heating oil tank if it leaks while enrolled, BUT does not cover any expense related to clean up, etc…

If you suspect a leak call us as soon as possible. We will send a technician out to assess the situation and contain the leak. We can also replace or install your new tank. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call 302-738-4144 or 410-398-2146.

Recent Testimonials from Hillside Customers

Hillside is always proud to boast when our employees receive reviews from customers. Our service department has been busy tuning up and repairing equipment. Here are a few recent testimonials from customers of Hillside’s maintenance, repairs, and installations.

“Mike & Shawn were both great, friendly, informative, and helpful.” – Janet P. from Hockessin 7/20/2017
“Very good service. Techs were friendly & efficient.” -Ann C from Wilmington 5/13/2017
“Mike is the best HVAC person we have ever had. His intern will be good too.” -Mark S. from Elkton 4/14/2017
“Technician was very pleasant and knowledgeable. Highly recomment Hillside for service(Tom)” -Karen D. from Wilmington 3/28/2017
“It was a pleasure to have a friendly, cheerful, and effecient technician service my boiler.” -Joline F. from Landenberg 3/10/2017

If your system is in need of repair, replacement, or maintenance, mention this email and receive $50 off the standard rate of a service call! We promise YOU will be the next Hillside customer writing a positive testimonial.

Give Hillside a call for prices and options: DE: 302-738-4144  or  MD: 410-398-2146

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