Emergency Removal and Re-installation of Basement Oil Tank

Emergency Removal and Re-installation of Basement Oil Tank

CommTank provided an emergency oil tank replacement for this customer in Salem, NH on the Sunday before the Christmas holiday. Prior to the work being done a permit was obtained from the Salem Fire Department and work was inspected at the job completion.

We removed their original basement oil tank and replaced it with a standard Granby oil storage tank. The vent pipe was located close the exhaust of the dryer which is not recommended because oil fumes can be pulled in through the vent hose when the dryer is off. CommTank technicians moved the vent 2 feet to the left of the dryer vent to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes.

Here are the steps taken to replace the oil tank:

Oil Tank Removal

  • Cut the steel oil tank using a nibbler
  • Removed all pumpable contents and tank bottom
  • Cleaned the inside of the heating oil tank
  • Removed and transported the oil tank and associated piping to a licensed scrap yard  

Granby Oil Tank Installation  

  • Provided and installed a 275-gallon Granby aboveground storage tank
  • Provided and installed new 3/8-inch copper fuel return oil line to the existing boiler
  • Installed new fill and vent piping on top of the tank and painted piping to protect from rust
  • Installed new vent alarm, oil control safety valve, fuel gauge, filter and piping according to NFPA 31, “Standard for the Installation of Oil Burning Equipment”.
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