– Disconnect and drain all outdoor hoses,
– Turn off the water supply to outdoor spigots,
– Stow away the deck furniture,
– Clean out gutters to prevent ice dams,
– Put on winter tires,
– Winterize the boat…
But, there is one important protective measure that is commonly overlooked – Inspect Your Heating Oil Tank !!
December and January are the busiest time of year for heating oil deliveries and, not surprisingly, the time of year for the most home heating oil spills. As a public service, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) has published a handy Fact Sheet (Tips for Residential Tank Owners) with somewhat easy Self-Inspection Checklists for basement and backyard above-ground heating oil tanks, as well as underground tanks. (We don’t recommend “out of sight is out of mind…”).
Take the time to inspect your tank and associated piping and fittings. Or have your heating oil delivery company do it. And if you see minor drips, or corrosion of the tank legs, deal with it now. Don’t put it off for later. Believe us, small indications of problems can become very large headaches before you know it. We know, because we’ve cleaned a lot of them up after the spill. And they’re usually not covered by Homeowner’s Insurance.
So, inspect your tank – and have a happy, warm, and spill-free holiday season.
From your trusted friends at Brickhouse Environmental