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OIL STORAGE TANKS
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DIRECTORY of OIL TANK EXPERTS
FILTERS, OIL on HEATING EQUIPMENT
FIRE SAFETY CONTROLS
FLOATING UP OIL STORAGE or SEPTIC TANKS
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HEATING OIL CLOUD WAX GEL POINT
HEATING OIL EXPOSURE HAZARDS, LIMITS
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HEATING OIL PIPING TROUBLES
HEATING OIL SHELF LIFE
HEATING OIL SLUDGE
HEATING OIL TANKS
HEATING OIL TYPES & PROPERTIES
HEATING OIL USAGE RATE
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HOME BUYERS GUIDE TO OIL TANKS
NOISE CONTROL for HEATING SYSTEMS
NOISES COMING FROM WATER HEATER
ODORS & SMELLS DIAGNOSIS & CURE
ODORS FROM HEATING SYSTEMS
OIL FILTERS on HEATING EQUIPMENT
OIL FUEL TYPES & CHARACTERISTICS
OIL ODORS, LEAKY OIL TANK PIPING
OIL SPILL CLEANUP / PREVENTION
SOOT on OIL FIRED HEATING EQUIPMENT
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING INTERIORS
THERMAL TRACKING & HEAT LOSS
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Indoor oil storage tank inspection guide: advice and example photos for the visual inspection of above ground oil tanks for leaks and damage, improper piping, wrong location, bad fire clearances, including these details: damaged or leaky oil storage tanks, improper oil tank piping, valves, and indoor-type oil tanks located outdoors. Here are photographs & explanation of some important indicators of oil storage tank condition that any home owner or home inspector can examine when an oil storage tank is visible and accessible inside or at a building.
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For fire safety indoor oil storage tanks should not be located too close to oil burners or other heaters. Typical indoor clearance requirements specify that the oil storage tank should be 10 feet from the oil burner. Some communities permit the oil tank to be located closer, just 5 feet away from the nearest oil burner. You can see this design in our sketch at left, provided courtesy of Carson Dunlop.
If you cannot meet this distance requirement your local building officials or fire officials may approve the oil tank installation if you provide a fire barrier between the oil tank and the burner.
Tanks should also be located where they will not be damaged, such as by being struck by a vehicle entering a garage.
In some communities indoor oil storage tanks located in a garage must be protected against possible vehicle damage by steel posts or similar means.
In some communities indoor oil storage tanks must also be secured against possibly falling or tipping over, such as by using angled steel piping set into the floor and ceiling or floor and wall around the oil tank.
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