Residential heating oil storage tanks have been installed and used in Canada for over 60 years. There are two types: above ground tanks (typically found in basements or outside of homes) and underground tanks (buried). Many of these tanks are now abandoned or unused, as alternative heating sources – such as natural gas, propane, and electricity – have become available.
Oil tanks are metal, and as such, must be recycled once they are safely decommissioned.
Before starting to remove an old home heating oil tank, or installation a new tank, contact your local fire department to inquire about any permits and/or inspections required. It is also recommended to contact your home insurance company to inquire about the processes and requirements.
Hire a professional – this is not a do-it yourself job.
Note: 2012 BC Fire Code, section 4.3.16 (1) says is that underground home heating oil tanks shall be removed, abandoned in place, disposed or temporary taking out of service in conformance with good engineering practices. Some local governments require full removal.
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