Winter Heating Oil Tank Maintenance Tips To Follow
Now that the weather is getting colder, it’s important that your water heater is in working order. Maintaining the water heater can keep your home safe and ensure that you are warm in the winter. Below we list a few winter heating oil tank maintenance tips to follow.
Here are a few things to look for to determine if your water heater needs repairs. Water heaters can take up a considerable amount of energy, so conserving heat is a must in the winter. There are also things you can do to make sure your water heater stays in working order all winter long.
Check Your Oil Storage Tank and Pressure
Take a good look at your oil storage tank and test the TPR value of the water heater. This helps avoid explosions. Water heaters don’t explode often, and there are safety devices within the heaters that help to prevent this. The temperature and pressure relief valve must be working well to keep the water heater from combusting.
Check the value by opening the metal lever on the heater. If the water comes pouring out, this means the TPR valve is working. It’s time to replace the valve if there are only a few drops of water or no water at all.
It’s also a good idea to check your oil storage tank at least once a month, especially during the winter. Look at all the pipes, valves and filters around the tank to ensure there are no leaks. The drip trays shouldn’t be filled with oil or water; this is also a sign of a leak. If there are plants or other vegetation around the oil storage tank, this could also be a signal that the tank needs to be repaired.
Home Oil Tank Cleaning Services
Flushing your tank is a huge part of cleaning your oil tank. When water comes into your home, the water is filled with minerals, sediment, and other elements. These substances often get caught in the bottom of the tank. The buildup can also cause rust, which makes it easier for bacteria to form in the water.
Flushing the water annually will remove rust from the inside of the tank. The anode rod also has to be replaced so that rust won’t form on the water heater again. The anode rod should be replaced every five years.
Oil Tank Cleaning Procedure
The cleaning process for your heating oil tank depends on the type of tank and when it was last cleaned. All the oil that is still in the tank should be drained before the tank is cleaned. The tank also has to be ventilated to make sure all gases and excess oil are removed. Once water, oil, and sediment are removed, the tank is air cleaned with sawdust.
Copper tools are then used to reduce corrosion and remove rust. If heating oil tank filter replacement is necessary, your contractor will give you more information about the replacement process.
For Winter Heating Oil Tank Maintenance
At All American Environmental, we are committed to providing the tools, equipment, and services to keep your oil tank functioning at its best. If needed we can also remove old tanks and install new ones safely on your property.
Contact All American Environmental to learn more about winter heating oil tank maintenance and to see if your location is within our NJ service area. Our office is located in Lake Hopatcong, NJ.
Winter Heating Oil Tank Maintenance Counties Where We Provide Oil Tank Cleanings
We provide cleaning winter heating oil tank maintenance to Morris County, Warren County, Bergen County, Union County, Essex County, Sussex County, Somerset County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Passaic County, Ocean County, Mercer County, Middlesex County and Monmouth County, New Jersey