There are two key aspects to today’s improved heating oil. First, the sulfur component has been virtually eliminated to create a product known as Ultra Low Sulfur Heating Oil (ULSHO). Second, a bio component (biodiesel) made from renewable resources can be blended with ULSHO to create a product branded as Bioheat®.
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Typical steel home heating oil tanks are strong and durable but they don’t last forever. So, like most components of your house, you need to be mindful of your oil tank. It’s a good idea to check your tank periodically. Here’s a list of things to look for.
Placing a leak containment tray under your oil tank is one of the easiest safety measures you can take around your home. A typical containment tray is made of Dura Vinyl. It is about 74” long by 15” wide and will hold about 15 gallons of oil. In most cases it will easily slip under an existing tank.
Cold weather has always been the bane of home heating oil that is stored outside in either aboveground or underground tanks. The typical problem is blockage of the oil supply due to gelling, wax accumulation on filters and strainers, or ice forming in the supply line or filter.