Oil storage solutions have changed dramatically over the past 70 years. The standard single-walled tank is no longer viable and is being replaced with double walled, double bottomed and fibreglass solutions. The Fuel oil code was updated in January of 2013 and is quite clear on the requirements. The code states that steel oil storage tanks must be equipped with a double bottom which consists of the tank shell and double contained heads and must have coverage of at least 50 mm above the bottom of the tank, along with a space between the walls (known as interstitial) and a monitoring device placed above the highest level of the fuel; alternatives to this would be secondary containment devices or a minimum of 300º secondary containment with interstitial space monitoring.
If your oil storage tank is older than 10 years, it will have to be upgraded before you sell your home or in some cases when you renew your insurance, due to the new regulation standards.
Residential oil storage options include double bottom steel, fiberglass and double walled plastic/galvanized steel.
Steel tanks are generally the least expensive option, and offer double bottom leak protection and containment system. This can help eliminate leakage risks. A quality brand to consider is the Granby Ecogard.
Vilco fiberglass tanks are 100% frost, impact, fire and weather resistant. They are typically available in a variety of shapes and sizes and are easy to install. They can be installed indoors, outdoors, vertically or horizontally. With fiberglass tanks, you don’t have to worry about interior or exterior corrosion.
Roth double wall tanks offer the highest level of protection against odors and leaks. These oil storage tanks are made with blow-moulded, high-density polyethylene inside a galvanized steel exterior shell. This ensures that they are corrosion-resistant and leak-proof.
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