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Residential Home Heating Oil Tanks

 

Homeowners   |   Contractors

 

Information for Homeowners:

  • In 2018, 45% 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 VideoVideo to educate homeowners, landlords and local officials on the hazards of having an unprotected oil line installed underground or within concrete basement floors. 


Guidance for Residential Underground Home Heating Oil Tank Leaks
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 storm 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.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Residential Home Heating Oil Tanks
Answers to your questions about underground storage tanks and additional resources that you may find helpful. 

 

Emergency Response and Spill Prevention
DEEP contact information for situations in which there is an immediate threat to public safety, health or the environment.

 

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

Guidance 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.

 

Emergency Response and Spill Prevention
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.

 

Emergency Response and Spill Prevention Contacts
DEEP contact information for situations in which there is an immediate threat to public safety, health or the environment.

Educational Resources for Contractors that Work with Homeowners

 

Yearly Oil Tanks Safety Checklist

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. 

 

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 October 2019