It’s the time of the year when Cape Cod’s weather is “just right.” From Barnstable to Provincetown, families are reveling in perfect temperatures, sea breezes and blue skies. The last thing on your mind is the heating oil tank in your basement.
We don’t want to interrupt your good vibes, but there are precautions you need to take during summer regarding your heating oil storage. The Cape Cod Oil & Propane team works hard all year (especially in the summer) to prevent oil sludge from forming in tanks.
The sludge that forms in heating oil tanks is composed of dirt, rust and oxidized fuel. This mixture settles on the floor of your tank. The leading cause is condensation forming on the inner walls, which travels to the bottom and mixes with oxidized heating oil.
Tank sludge can be a significant problem if it’s left to fester. Bacteria will thrive in this mix of water, grit and old fuel. If the sludge enters your fuel lines and heating equipment, it can cause damage and clogs. This will lower your heating system’s efficiency and might cause it to fail. Repairing sludge-related issues can get pricy.
Oil-powered systems are designed to prevent sludge damage. The pick-up line leading from your tank to your boiler or furnace is positioned a few inches above the bottom of the tank to avoid sludge infiltration. But an oil delivery can unsettle the sludge and send it down the line.
Luckily, preventing oil sludge formation is not tricky, and we can help you do it:
We’re the company for you if you’re looking for top-quality heating fuel, dependable delivery and fair prices. Our automatic delivery ensures that you’re never low on heating oil. This will keep your tank free of sludge and your heating system functioning at peak performance!
Let’s work together to keep your home comfortable. Become a customer today.