Does anyone know if there is a mandate for oil tanks to be inspected annually in Ontario. I was asked this yesturday while doing an inspection. Also, would any of you recommend any good websites regarding further information on Oil Tanks and there use in Ontario.
All tanks are required to have annual maintenance, performed by a TSSA certified oil burner technician. This includes visually inspecting for leaks and testing and servicing the unit to ensure that it is operating proberly. It is the owner’s responsibility to arrange / ensure they have yearly maintenance examinations.
In addition, a comprehensive inspection by the Fuel Oil distributor is required at least once every 10 years. This is performed to ascertain compliance with the regulations and code.
Also Some insurance companies will not give insurance to tanks older then 20 years most are 25 years . I do not believe TSSA has set life but most oil suppliers ,( they do the inspection ) recommend they be changed at 25 years . you can still have a buried Oil tank but they need to be inspected more often . .If A person has a buried older tank let them know some insurance companies will not give insurance ,period. The tank can only be removed by a qualified contractor and this can be expensive depending on amount of oil in tank and tank place and condition
Regarding in-ground fuel oil tanks, there is a regulated time-line published by TSSA advising how long these tanks can stay in the ground before having to be removed. For example, tanks that are older than 25 years (or if the age is unknown) had to be removed by October, 2006. Here’s a link that gives more information:
Thanks for the upgrade Joe . I was going from memory .
As I do my report on site I try to be correct .
Another oil tank concern easy to miss is I believe all tanks must be more then then ten feet from the property line .
This can be awkward in some close cottages in many areas.
Yes copper lines must be orange plastic sleeve, and I believe bare copper is permissable below cemment if run in plastic tubing. Copper and cement in contact with one another result in the copper failing over time.
I have a question, my own house has the oil line running across the basement ceiling and never touches cement. It drops down beside the furnace and the filter is just outside the furnace. Bare copper all the way. Would this be classed satisfactory when doing an inspection? I would think so. Chuck