Whether the tank is in your home or outside, fuel spills can be very expensive both in damage to the water table, streams, rivers, soil, property and buildings but also in liability. Not to mention health and safety implications for you, your family, pets, livestock and wildlife. You really don’t want to have to endure a fuel spill.
At South Easthope Mutual, our insurable installation requirements are in addition to current TSSA Code. The best protection against a leaking fuel tank is to have your heating system and tank serviced annually by a licensed technician. If you are considering installing a new oil tank or have any questions about your current tank, please contact your South Easthope Mutual agent or broker to discuss our current installation guidelines.
Here are some common sense tips to help you with interior and exterior tanks:
General Oil Tanks Loss Prevention Tips
- Ensure the tank is CSA/ULC certified.
- All equipment needs to meet the TSSA code.
- Schedule a yearly maintenance inspection by a certified technician.
- Inspect your tank looking for corrosion, leaks, weakness or bleeding through.
- Do not install used tanks.
- Do not use 2nd hand oil.
- Fuel should be delivered by a qualified fuel oil supplier.
- The tank thickness needs to be a minimum 12 gauge and must be double walled or double bottomed or a single wall fiberglass (TSSA – 14 gauge tanks can no longer be installed as of January 1, 2013). If you have questions about this, contact your certified technician.
- Interior tanks need to be less than 20 years old.
- The tank should be a safe distance away from sewer, septic, sump pits and drains.
- Your tank should be installed on a solid concrete slab base.
- Make sure the vent whistle is working.
- Keep a clear space around your tank and ensure there are no items on or around the tank that could damage it or the lines.
Exterior Tank Specific Loss Prevention Tips
Make sure no grass, weeds or plants are growing under the tank.
- The tank should be:
- A safe distance away from filter beds, septic systems, streams and other water.
- Protected from ice and vehicle impact.
- Less than 15 years old.
- Protected to prevent damage from falling ice or vehicle impact.