If you use fuel or heating oil to heat your Baltimore area home, your first priority should be to avoid leaks from the oil tank or lines. Either a long-term or sudden oil leak can severely damage your home and property, and require an extensive and costly cleanup. To recognize risk factors and prevent this from happening, however, it’s important to understand the causes of oil tank leaks, both in buried and aboveground tanks.

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Common Causes of Oil Tank Leaks

Internal corrosion – The presence of water inside the tank can lead to rusting and eventual perforations in the tank. With heating oil, this corrosion can be exacerbated by water reacting with sulfur in the fuel, bacterial reactions or other factors.
External rusting – This is usually unrelated to rust inside the tank and can happen as a result of damage to the tank or the connection with the pipe.
Corrosive soil – Certain types of soil can react with the storage tank, making it rust sooner, with leaking the eventual result. Damage to the tank during its burial underground also can hasten corrosion over time.
Leaks from pipe connections or during delivery – Unfortunately, these are relatively common causes of oil tank leaks. For example, if a spill occurs around the oil tank fill pipe, it can be very serious and may require soil removal and cleanup.
Fill or vent pipe isn’t wide enough – Since oil tanks are filled under pressure, a rusted, damaged or otherwise faulty oil storage tank may not withstand the pressure during filling and may result in a bad leak.

For more information on causes of oil tank leaks, please contact us at Griffith Energy Services, Inc., serving Baltimore and the Mid-Atlantic region. With a dozen outlets in Maryland, Northern Virginia, Delaware, Washington, D.C. and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, we’re only a short drive away when you need residential oil or propane delivery.

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At this time, when the news is dominated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency around the world, we wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure your safety and the safety of our team.

We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to develop and take necessary measures as needed. Our focus is to ensure that we meet customer needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our communities safe.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Everyone on our team has received enhanced training and protocol briefings. We will continue to evolve and adjust these protocols as needed.
  • We are implementing telecommuting options for positions where applicable.
  • Non-essential work travel is currently on hold for all employees.
  • We are conducting enhanced cleaning practices at our locations and are instructing employees to continually sanitize their work stations and vehicles.
  • We are also urging all employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing.

Information for you:
If you have an existing service appointment, we look forward to seeing you and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure service experience.

During this challenging time, if you are experiencing symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus or have been exposed to it, in order to protect our team and all the customers we serve, we encourage you to please reschedule your service appointment, by calling us at 888-474-3391.

Your safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team and our company.

Best regards,
Griffith Energy Services

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