Signs of Underground Oil Tank Leak

If your property has an underground heating oil tank, you are likely very concerned about tank leakage. Oil tank leakages can be hazardous to people, animals, and the environment.

How do I know if my underground oil tank is leaking?

Unfortunately, without digging up your oil tank, there is no absolute way to know for sure if your tank is leaking.

However, there are some indicators that a tank might be leaking. Here are five signs of an underground oil tank leak:

  • Your Tank Is Over Ten Years Old

If your oil tank is over ten years old, small pinholes have probably developed in the tank, which will cause leakage. Most underground oil tanks are made of steel, which is susceptible to corrosion. Therefore, these tanks will start to erode over time.

  • Your Heating Bill Is Very Expensive

If your heating costs have become prohibitive, it could be because of an oil tank leak. However, it’s essential to review all other options before assuming the tank is leaking. But, if all other possibilities have been ruled out, or you may need to call in a professional.

  • You Find Your Water Has An Oil Sheen

If you notice that your water has an oily sheen to it, it probably means that your tank has been leaking for quite some time. If your groundwater has a sheen, or if the water in your sump pump is oily, your underground oil tank is probably leaking. If this is the case, contact a professional immediately.

  • There Is A Smell Of Oil In Your Home Or Around Your Property

If you detect a pronounced smell of oil in your house or around your yard, you likely have an underground oil tank leak. If you notice a smell of oil, act immediately, you must address the leakage as soon as possible because if an oil smell continues, the health and well-being of you and your family could be in jeopardy. Again, if this occurs, call a professional as soon as possible.

  • You See Stained Spots Or Dead Greenery On Your Property

Another indication of oil tank leakage is if the lawn or shrubbery above or near your oil tank is dying. If you find that the grass in your yard is browning above where your oil tank is located, most likely, you have an oil tank leak.

When your underground oil tank leaks, you may also start finding stained spots around your property. Dark brown circles that smell like fuel oil will seem to appear out of nowhere. These circles mean that oil is leaking from your underground tank, and a professional should be contacted at once.

If you need oil tank services or need help with a potential oil tank leak, please contact All American Environmental today! We can help!

All American Environmental
(973) 663-1680