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Oil Tank Guidelines

Fuel oil is still a fairly common way to heat your home, mainly in rural areas. It is important to maintain your fuel oil tank and keep it up to code. The result of an oil spill can cause major problems and headaches for a wide variety of people directly and indirectly involved. It’s a serious environmental hazard that affects your property, neighbouring properties, wildlife, and water sources in the area. A fuel oil spill is very expensive and can cost hundreds of thousands to even millions of dollars in some severe cases. Please consider the following guidelines when installing a new tank or inspecting a tank currently in place.

Oil Tank Guidelines 2015

Our insurance installation requirements are in addition to CURRENT TSSA code. Please have your heating system serviced annually by a licensed technician.  This is your single biggest protection against a leaking fuel tank and it is law.   When you schedule your tank for inspection by a certified technician, please advise them that we require current TSSA code guidelines be applied and our Company guidelines.  If considering installing a new oil tank, please contact your Company Agent/Broker for the insurable installation criteria guidelines.

Interior

  • No installation of used tanks or use of 2nd hand oil
  • Ensure there is a yearly maintenance inspection by a certified technician
  • Interior tank to be less than 20yrs old
  • Ensure there are no items on, around or have any items that may fall onto and damage your tank or tank lines.
  • Entire tank visible for inspection, a clear space around your tank
  • Confirm working vent whistle on tank
  • No corrosion on tank
  • Loop in feed line at the tank and the appliance
  • Feed line to be incased in a protective rubber casing to prevent puncture
  • Feed line cannot be concealed or cemented in floor
  • Tank should be CSA/ULC Certified
  • Filter ULC approved
  • Tank thickness minimum 12 Gauge and must be Double wall or Double bottoms or Single wall Fiberglass (TSSA – 14 gauge tanks can no longer be installed as of January 1, 2013)
  • No visible signs of leakage/weakness or bleeding through the oil tank
  • Tank to be installed on a solid concrete slab base
  • A safe distance away from sewer, septic, sump pits & drains
  • Fuel delivered by a qualified Fuel Oil Supplier
  • No visible signs of spill – spills must be reported
  • All fittings MUST meet the TSSA code

 

Exterior

  • No installation of used tanks or 2nd hand oil
  • Ensure there is a yearly maintenance inspection by a certified technician
  • Exterior tank to be less than 15yrs old
  • Ensure there are no items on, around or have any items that may fall onto and damage your tank or tank lines.
  • Entire tank visible for inspection, a clear space around your tank
  • Confirm working vent whistle on tank
  • No corrosion on tank
  • Loop in feed line at the tank and the appliance
  • Feed line to be incased in a protective rubber casing to prevent puncture
  • Feed line cannot be concealed or cemented in floor
  • Tank should be CSA/ULC Certified
  • Filter ULC approved.  If exterior tank, filter to be located inside building
  • Tank thickness minimum 12 Gauge and must be Double wall or Double bottoms or Single wall Fiberglass (TSSA – 14 gauge tanks can no longer be installed as of January 1, 2013)
  • No visible signs of leakage/weakness or bleeding through the oil tank
  • Tank to be installed on a solid concrete slab base
  • Exterior Tank - Ensure no grass, weeds, plants growing under the tank
  • A safe distance away from filter beds, streams and other water course 
  • Fuel delivered by a qualified Fuel Oil Supplier
  • Must have protection from ice and vehicle impact
  • No visible signs of spill – spills must be reported
  • All fittings MUST meet the TSSA code

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