Preventing Leaks and Spills

Q: What can I do to prevent oil leak and spills?

A: The average cost of an oil leak can range from $20,000 to $50,000, with some costing even more, so you're right to be concerned. Fortunately, there are several things that can be done to ensure the integrity of your system.

Each year, you should visually inspect your tank, piping and oil delivery line. If you find a leak, notify us immediately. In addition, every year you should have us tune-up your heating system and repair or replace any damaged parts. A well-maintained heating system means lower oil bills and cleaner emissions. Furthermore, when fall comes around, we should inspect the vent pipe to ensure that it is free of obstructions and that an audible signal (whistle) is on the vent. Our technicians listen for the whistle to help avoid overfills.

Last but certainly not least, whenever appropriate remove abandoned fill and vent pipes, clearly mark the location of the tank's fill pipe, and install an oil safety valve or replace the oil delivery line with one encased in a protective sleeve. 

Remember, the older your heating system gets, the more vulnerable it becomes. Thus, the best way to prevent leaks and spills is to upgrade to a modern, fuel-efficient system. 

Oil Delivery Lines

Q: How do I know if I should replace my oil delivery lines?

A: Your oil delivery line, which is made of copper, transports oil from your tank to your oil burner. If it’s in contact with concrete or is located below ground, it may deteriorate and result in an oil leak. To avoid this potentially costly problem, we suggest that you contact us to have your oil delivery lines inspected and replaced with a sleeved line if necessary.