You & Your Oil Tank
Did You Know?
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DID YOU KNOW?
If there is an oil spill of any kind, no matter how large or small, that you the owner are responsible for the entire cost of the environmental cleanup? This could cost thousands and thousands of dollars.
THE ASSOCIATION AND MANAGEMENT CANNOT STRESS STRONGLY ENOUGH THE IMPORTANCE OF EVERY OWNER OBTAINING OIL TANK INSURANCE FROM THEIR INSURANCE COMPANY. (Many homeowner policies exclude oil tanks and/or oil spill cleanup, and require a separate policy or an additional rider - check with your agent)
IF A SPILL DOES OCCUR
Accidents happen despite your best efforts to prevent them. In the event of a spill, the main priorities should be to stop the flow of oil at its source and containing the oil that has spilled. This will help minimize the impact to the environment and to the common property. Notify both your oil company carrier and the Management Office immediately. In most cases, the cleanup consists of the removal and disposal of any contaminated soils or other media and repair or replacement of the leaking tank and /or fuel lines.
Any spill of oil that is greater than one gallon to the land or any amount that may enter the water (including ground water) will need to be reported to the DEC and EPA. Fuel deliverers who discover an existing spill or contamination from an owner’s tank are required to report these findings to the owner who is responsible to take the necessary action to rectify.
DID YOU KNOW?
that you are fully responsible for the maintenance and repair of your oil tank and oil tank lines?
that you are permitted to replace your tank simply by completing an Architectural Variance Form and submitting it to the Management Office for prior approval?
that you are permitted to relocate your tank to the interior of your unit (if allowed per permit township code) simply by completing an Architectural Variance Form and submitting it to the Management Office for prior approval?
A WELL MAINTAINED TANK IS A LONG LASTING TANK
Check the condition of your tank and lines. The life of your tank depends on many variables such as the tank construction, soil and ground water conditions, and maintenance of the tank. Inspect your tank for signs of corrosion.
Make sure the fill cap and the vent cap are in place and tightly secured.
Place oil lines between tank and furnace in protective tubing. Check fuel lines for crimps and replace any damaged fuel lines immediately. Use flexible tubing if frost heaving is a problem. Supply line covers are recommended.
Keep all pipe connections clean and tight. Check for drips from the fittings and the filter.
Clear snow, ice, insect nests or other debris from the tank vent to allow the tank to properly breathe.
Look for signs of spillage near the fill and vent pipes. Stained soil or rock or distressed grounds could indicate a fuel spill has occurred.
Water can collect inside a tank from condensation and cause internal corrosion. Trapped water can be controlled by removing the water from a drain plug, using water absorbent socks, or periodically using additives.
For inside tanks, be alert for signs of oil in the sump pump pit and floor drains, and for any oil smell in the basement area.
All indoor tanks should have a vent alarm that alerts the fuel deliverer before the tank is full. When you receive oil, you can ask the deliverer to verify that the whistle is operating.
Vandalism: to reduce vandalism, break off the ears on the butterfly nut on the goldenrod filter. Recommend a metal canister over the filter instead of glass to eliminate any breakage of the glass filter. The glass filter can easily be broken by any object and at any time of the year. The entire contents of the tank will be lost if that occurs.
Place copper fuel line in sheathed-flexible (conduit) line.
It is strongly recommend replacing your fuel tank every 10 years. Corrosion both outside and inside the tank is a huge problem in an outside environment.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors at Highpoint C.A. &
A & R Midstate Management, LLC