QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT
YOUR OIL TANK
- What is Sludge ?
- Sludge is water condensation and
iol mixture. This dangerous mixture can cause burner nozzel foul outs, puff backs, soot damage, premature part wear,
oil tank rot and is responsible for 75% of all no heat calls.
- Do Oil Tanks Collect Condensation?
- Yes , like a cave your oil tank is
always at a temperature of 52 degrees. The air pocket in your tank will collect condensation over time and will fall
to the bottom and become harmful sludge. Like a bottle of salad dressing, the fuel oil and the water condensation does
not mix, however on a fuel delivery your oil tank will shake up and mix sludge and clean fuel oil for several hours.
During this time your burner can have a puff back or can cause a burner break down
Does Condensation Enter My Tank?
- All tanks must vent outdoors. Air enters
through the vent pipe to replace the oil being used and escapes during the fill up. This vent opening can allow condensation
to form and collect on the inside walls of your tank
Can Be Done To Prevent This?
Keeping a full
tank of oil in the summer can cut condensation in half. summer months have the highest humidity levels and the
biggest temperature differentials : less exposed surface area means less area for condensation to collect and form on
the inside walls. By maintaining a regular maintenance schedule, your oil tank can last for many years trouble free.
- Is There New Technology To Prevent Corrosion?
- The awnser is yes. Zinc balls these are made from Zinc anodes and dropped into the tank after
each cleaning for good metal to metal contact. It is an electrochemical device that continuously applies a voltage
charge to the inside walls of the steel oil tank to counteract corrosion. "Zinc Tank Protectors"
do stop 100% of corrosion caused by moisture, acid, and localized electrolysis. These metal balls must be upgraded every
two years to maintain 100% protection. Cathodic Protection is mandated by the EPA to be used on all bulk oil storage
tanks. Cathodic Protection is familiar to most people through the use of zinc anodes on boat propellars.
- How Much Does This New Technology Cost?
Protectors" for a 275 gal basement or inground oil tank costs $19.95, 550 gal oil tank costs $29.95 and
a 1000 gal tank costs $39.95. For all tanks over 1000 gallons please call for prices