The heating oil tank in your yard is a necessary evil. Over the years, that tank can begin to look horrible and eventually need to be replaced. If the oil tank can make it a few more years, it's time to consider utilizing a bit of creativity to hide it. If it's unsafe to be used, it's time to replace it. Here, you will find a few ideas that can help you creatively hide your tank and tips for knowing when it's time to replace it.
Does Your Tank Need To Be Replaced?
Start by performing a complete inspection of the tank. Signs that the tank needs to be replaced include dents and excessive rust, wet spots on the surface or below the tank, unstable legs, inoperable vent alarm, insect nests in or around the pipes. If you notice any of these issues, contact your local oil tank repair and removal expert to have it properly inspected. If the tank is no longer safe to use, you can work with him or her to create a plan of removal and replacement.
How Can You Hide Your Oil Tank?
Creativity is key when it comes to taking on projects such as this. You don't need big extravagant designs to get the job done – you just need the right plan.
The easiest and most common enclosure for oil tanks is a lattice surround. All that is required for this type of enclosure is a few sheets of lattice and some treated 2x4 lumber. Build a frame around the tank using the lumber and finish it using the lattice. Remember, your oil supplier will need access to the tank, so make sure that at least one of the panels near the fill valve will need to be removable.
A more decorative option is to create a faux wall and window. This is a great option for those of you with the tank relatively close to the house, garage or other structure. Find some salvage materials, such as fencing panels, old windows and recycled building materials to save on the cost of the project. Build a wall to extend the wall of the structure and install the window. Use a bit of mirrored film so that the window will no longer be clear. Add some décor and/or flower boxes to finish it and it will blend in nicely, rather than stand out.
Don't hide an oil tank that is failing. If you have any doubt about how safe the tank is to continue using, talk with professionals, like those at A & A Oil Recovery Co, to avoid disasters, leaks and loss of your oil.Share
20 October 2017
Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Heather, and a few years ago, my partner and I got a very cheap property up in the mountains practically in the middle of nowhere. I knew we had to build, but there were many elements that I overlooked. I never even considered the idea that we wouldn't be connected to a town sewer system for example. However, I learned quickly as we built our septic tank. Through the process, I also researched a lot of alternatives to ensure we got the perfect septic system for our needs. If you are building on a new property and you don't have the option of sewer, this blog has everything you need to know about septic systems. I truly love to help others, and I hope these posts help you.