DEEP: Residential Home Heating Oil Tanks

Residential Home Heating Oil Tanks

Information for Homeowners:

  • In 2015, 44% of Connecticut households used fuel oil or other petroleum products as the primary energy source for home heating.  
  • Residential home heating oil tanks can be found:
    • in a home’s basement,
    • outside, above ground near the house or
    • buried in close proximity to the house. 
  • Homeowners should be proactive, educate themselves on home heating oil tank safety, and work with their licensed service provider to prevent oil leaks and spills.
{Yearly Oil Tanks Safety Checklist} Home Heating Oil Tank Maintenance
DEEP recommends that homeowners play an active role in ensuring that their oil system is maintained properly on a yearly basis and gives homeowners helpful tips to help evaluate the heath of their oil system.
 
Video:  Prevent Home Heating Oil Leaks and Spills
{Residential Heating OIl Tranfer LIne Leak Protection Video} Video to educate homeowners, landlords and local officials on the hazards of having an unprotected oil line installed underground or within concrete basement floors. 
 
Information on what to do if you have an oil spill or oil contamination from a heating equipment failure, an oil delivery over-fill, and/or oil-contaminated storms waters. 

{DPH Fact Sheet} Heating Oil Contamination and Your Home
This fact sheet from the Connecticut Department of Health (DPH) provides an overview of how to detect, control and report oil spills within your home.
 
Answers to your questions about underground storage tanks and additional resources that you may find helpful. 
 
DEEP contact information for instances in which there is an immediate threat to public safety, health or the environment.
 
 
 
Underground Storage Tanks Serving Five or More Residential Units
Information to help guide contractors who are installing, maintaining and/or servicing underground storage tanks that serve five or more residential units.

{heating oil tank removal} Guideance for Contractors that Remove Residential Tanks
Guidance from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) that home improvement contractors must comply with to remove underground storage tanks.

Information on what to do if you have a spill or oil contamination from heating equipment failure, an oil delivery over-fill, and/or oil-contaminated storms waters.  There are specific reporting requirements that have to be adhered to.
 
DEEP contact information for instances in which there is an immediate threat to public safety, health or the environment.
 

Educational Resources for Contractors that Work with Homeowners

Video:  Prevent Home Heating Oil Leaks and Spills 
Educates homeowners, landlords and local officials on the hazards of having an unprotected oil line installed underground or within concrete basement floors. 

{Yearly Oil Tanks Safety Checklist} DEEP Yearly Oil Tank Safety Checklist Magnets
There is a limited supply of magnets available for contractors to distribute to their residential customers.  Please contact the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association for magnets.

Heating Oil Contamination and Your Home
This fact sheet from the Connecticut Department of Health (DPH) provides an overview of how to detect, control and report oil spills within your home.

Content last updated September 2017