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Need-To-Know Info About Heating Oil Tanks For Upper Marlboro, MD Residents

Heating Oil Tanks For Upper Marlboro

Hello, blog readers. Today we are discussing a location in Maryland in Prince George’s County and my favorite topic, of course: heating oil tanks, both underground and aboveground. We’re here to tell you what you need to know about them and how to handle them.

Before we dive in, let’s cover a little bit of the lingo for oil tanks. First, a buried oil tank is called a UST, short for Underground Storage Tank. An aboveground tank is referred to as an AST. The MD State agency that regulates oil tanks is the MDE (Maryland Department of the Environment). Upper Marlboro, MD is in Prince George’s County or PGCO. Now that you’ve got the acronyms, we can really get going.

A Bit Of Background About Upper Marlboro

Upper Marlboro was founded in 1706, but luckily the oil tanks are not that old! As you can guess from the name, the location has historical ties to the tobacco industry. The land that was once used for tobacco farming has now been replaced by residential houses. 

If you are reading this and you are in PGCO this blog will also apply to you since Upper Marlboro is not that large of an area.

What To Know About Above Ground Oil Tanks In Upper Marlboro, MD

 If you have an AST, it’s important to know the age, or approximate age, of the tank. Some new tanks are warrantied for 20, 25 or 30 years, but unless you know for sure your tank is newer, it’s likely older and past its useful life. 

It used to be that you could count on a standard tank lasting 20+ years. That is not the case anymore. A standard tank is one with a basic single layer or “wall” of steel. The tank has a primer coat, and maybe one coat of paint. Older tanks have flat ends with no handles. The common colors of old ASTs are a rusty red color, gray, silver, or black. A prior homeowner could have painted the tank any color, though.

The bottom line is that if you have lived in the property for 10 or 20 years or more and the tank has never been replaced, it’s time to get it replaced. All tanks will leak. It’s not a matter of if but when. Get your old AST removed before it leaks. 

Your tank could be located outside, in the basement, in the crawlspace, or in the garage. It could also be hidden behind a wall or in a closet. When the time comes, the tank needs to be removed by a professional company like GreenTRAX

You do NOT want people on your property or in your house pumping oil out of the tank that do not know what they are doing, because if they spill oil in your basement you will smell it throughout the house. 

What To Know About New Heating Oil Tank Installation

If you are having a new tank installed, GreenTRAX can handle it in as little as a few hours. The most common size residential tank is a 275-gallon size, with a 330-gallon being second. 

GreenTRAX offers new tanks in sizes that start from the small end at 120 or 138 gallons. These are generally for those people who may have electric heat as their primary source but would like to have an oil backup. That way you would have a smaller tank, as you don’t need a larger tank sitting there full of oil all the time. 

The median size tanks are in the range of a 220-gallon, 240-gallon, 275-gallon and 330-gallon. Then on the larger end of the scale would be the 400-gallon, 500-gallon and finally 1,000-gallon tanks. While these larger tanks are not very common for homes, they are an option for those people who may want it. 

GreenTRAX offers new tanks that start with a 1-year warranty with the upgrade options being a 25-year or 30-year warranty. We have double bottom and double wall tanks and tanks that come with insurance against leakage. We replace hundreds of tanks each year and can help you whatever your situation is. 

Why It’s Time To Replace Your Underground Storage Tanks

Now let’s briefly discuss USTs. We can guarantee your buried tank is old and past its useful life. It’s time to have it removed. Period. 

The most common size UST is a 550-gallon tank, while a 300- or 275-gallon tank is also very common. 

GreenTRAX will remove your tank, test the soil, backfill the hole, and spread grass seed and straw. In terms of the time it takes, we’ll complete everything needed in just one day – sometimes in just a few hours. 

If the tank has leaked and created contaminated soil, that is required to be remediated. Before you say anything, no, it’s not going to cost tens of thousands of dollars to clean up. It will cost a few thousand or slightly more depending on the extent of the leak. 

We have been in the tank business for a long time and have removed thousands of tanks and dealt with countless tons of contaminated soil. We have the knowledge, equipment and expertise to handle the entire project for you. 

Residential properties do not get new buried oil tanks installed once the old UST is removed. It is usually cost prohibitive. However, for anyone that wants one we can get commercial grade tanks and install them for you. That said, it’s always better to go aboveground. We have tanks that can be easily “hidden” with bushes, lattice, or a small fencing for those of you concerned about cosmetics. 

Call GreenTRAX Today For Help Dealing With Your Underground Storage Tank In Upper Marlboro

If you have a UST, we can do a removal or an abandonment in place. I will say that it is usually cheaper to do a tank removal, but we can make that decision after discussing your exact situation. We are here to help answer any questions and walk you through the process. 

Give us a call for a quote today at (410) 439-1085, or send us a message through our site here.

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The Maryland Department of the Environment is cancelling the reimbursement fund for homeowners with leaking heating oil tanks!

This cancellation takes effect June 30th, 2024. You need to have your buried oil tank removed NOW, so if the tank is leaking you can get reimbursed for remediation costs before the program goes away. Click here for more information on the reimbursement fund as it operates now.

We urge everyone to contact their representatives in Annapolis and the Governors office and tell them DO NOT cancel the homeowner reimbursement fund for leaking residential oil tanks! They can still renew this program before this year’s legislative session ends.

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