Residential oil tanks can be a highly useful way to heat your home. However, as new and improved ways to heat your home arise, the cons of owning property with an oil tank on it are becoming more apparent. Here are some reasons why you may have chosen oil tank removal:
For homeowners worried about aesthetics, residential oil tanks may not be the first option in terms of heating. Whether the oil tank is occupying space in your basement or your backyard, it’s not necessarily the best furniture or landscape addition. If your oil tank is outside, it will also be prone to rusting if not taken care of. This can make an already unsightly appliance, that much more unsightly. Buried oil tanks have the advantage of being hidden from view. However they come with their own negatives. If severe maintenance ever needs to take place on the oil tank, it’s likely your yard will have to be ripped up and re-landscaped following the service. Thus reason number one for oil tank removal.
While the cost of oil tanks themselves may be less expensive than say a gas furnace, the cost of the fuel is not. In fact, the price of oil is fairly expensive, which could be one reason why only 8% of homes in the United States are heated by an oil tank. So save money this year, and enlist professionals for oil tank removal.
The numbers are not quite as staggering in terms of energy efficiency as they are for cost. Yes, gas does still outway oil in the energy efficiency department, but not by as much as you would think. The efficiency rating is known as the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. Gas furnaces have an AFUE of anywhere between 89%- 98%, while oil tanks are more between the 80%- 90% range.
An oil tank can potentially require extensive maintenance, especially if there is a leak, and ESPECIALLY if the oil tank is buried underground. In these scenarios not only does the leak need to be fixed, or the oil tank replaced, but the soil must be remediated as well. If there has been no leak, periodic maintenance is still very insisted upon to ensure the prevention of any sort of leak. Leak gauges must be in working order and oil levels should stay above a minimum.
The idea of extensive maintenance ties in to this idea of potential environmental harm. An issue with your residential oil tank could plague not only the soil you live on, but the air your neighbors breathe, and the water that you drink. That’s a scary thought! Now, it is an idea that can be taken care of and prevented, however there must be a presence of mind about this possibility. If a gas furnace were to stop working, this would not impact anyone besides the homeowner, who could enlist the help of a professional or simply replace the furnace. The process would be much simpler and less dangerous.
Unfortunately because oil tanks involve such a toxic substance, only licensed professionals should be handling the maintenance, repair, or installation of a residential oil tank. There has to be professional and legal documentation regarding your oil tank. And in cases like soil remediation, this is not work a homeowner is legally allowed to handle. Again, licensed professionals must be enlisted to legally ensure that the soil is again safe.
The last reason one may choose oil tank removal is that they want to sell their house in the next couple years, and having an oil tank as a heat source is very unappealing to most home buyers. It comes with added precautions and environmental worries, as well as ESA regulations before the property can even be bought.
If you or someone you know is considering oil tank removal give us a call at Oil Tank Solutions. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and to walk you through our removal process.