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Is My Oil Tank Safe?

Here is a checklist of items you can easily observe about your oil tank. But, remember to look; please do not touch. Even if you can see rust or an oily patch of wetness on the tank's surface, do not touch your tank. It's best to call Dead River Company and let our licensed technician take care of it.


  1. Are the tank legs unstable or on an uneven foundation?

  2. Do you see rust, weeps, wet spots, or excessive dents on the tank's surface?

  3. Are there any drips or signs of leakage around the oil filter or valves?

  4. Do the oil lines run either under concrete or above ground without being encased in protective tubing?

  5. Are there any threats of snow or ice falling on the oil tank or the filter?

  6. Are there any signs of the tank's vent being clogged or blocked by ice or snow? (Screened vents are available to prevent insect nest problems.)

  7. Are there any signs of spills around the fill pipe?

  8. Is the tank's gauge cracked, stuck or frozen? Do you see oil or staining around it?

  9. Is the age of your tank more than 25 years old?

If you answer YES to any of the questions on this checklist, please contact Dead River Company for a more detailed inspection and corrective measures. Our TankSure® program provides regular monitoring and analysis of your oil tank so you'll know when it's time to replace it.


Resource: Maine Department of Environmental Protection

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