Simple check of heating oil tanks can protect health, home, environment
October 05, 2004
Spills and leaks from oil tanks contaminate water and land and can be expensive to clean up. A spill which is not properly cleaned up can also lower property values. "That's the bad news; the good news is that preventing this from happening is easy and relatively cheap," said DEC's heating oil spill prevention specialist Bob Fultz.
According to Fultz, DEC relies on homeowners to check their own systems and advises homeowners to inspect their tanks, lines and filters and make needed corrections before colder weather sets in.
With basic care and maintenance, many spills are preventable. When inspecting your heating system check for:
Any spill of oil to land or
water must be reported to DEC. Information on oil spill reporting
is available online.
Some obvious signs of a spill include pooled oil, diesel odor,
areas of darkened soil, dead or absent vegetation, sheens on
ice, and an unusual taste or odor to well water. For additional
information on caring for, inspecting and installing your heating
oil tank click
here. DEC also recommends checking with local city or fire
officials about other requirements they may have.
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