Our hearts go out to all of the people and families affected by the Carbon Monoxide leak at the Walt Whitman mall. This was a sad and unnecessary fiasco. Getting a good CO detector is a no-brainer for a natural gas system. The consequences are too extreme.
Regardless of what type of heating system you have, make sure to have a CO detector on each floor of your house, and change the batteries at a maximum of 1 year (or as needed before 1 year).
For everyone that currently has or is thinking of switching to natural gas, this is a chilling reminder that cost isn’t the only variable.
Carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a silent killer, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that utility gas home heating systems are the leading cause of carbon monoxide deaths in the United States. When utility gas systems malfunction, they produce deadly, invisible, odorless carbon monoxide, giving no warning of any problems before it’s too late. Oilheat systems, on the other hand, produce noticeable odors and visible warning signs if there is ever a problem, alerting the homeowner before the CO reaches dangerous levels in the home.
A big question lately many homeowners are facing is whether or not to abandon their old underground oil tanks and have new tanks installed above ground. If you are looking to move this will certainly be an issue that comes up between you and the new homeowner.
The thing about these tanks… they’re underground! You can’t just have a look to see if they are leaking. You could have a pressure test done at your cost, but that could make any problems worse should you have any. My recommendation is if you have any questions at all, get your tank abandoned and be done with it. If you had sludge problems, a new tank will cure that as well and reduce service calls.
The cost of abandoning tanks depends on the size and location, but generally speaking it costs between $600 – $1200 plus the cost of discarding any waste oil/sludge leftover from the tank. That is usually around $1.00 per gallon to dispose of and typically runs between $30 – $60 extra.
Underground oil tanks have a lifespan of about 50 years, and with environmental regulations being much more strict and penalties being potentially extremely costly, abandoning your tank might be a good idea, especially if you have an older tank and plan on moving. Currently, being able to abandon your tank depends on where you live and the local laws pertaining to abandoning oil tanks. Locations closer to water usually have stricter regulations as well.
Give us a call if you have any questions about installing new oil tanks or abandoning your old underground tank.