Setting the standard for service and products for oil tank installations in Massachusetts

Whether you need to replace an old oil tank, or install one in a new home or business, CommTank has the knowledge, experience and high-quality products you’re looking for in oil tank installations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Each installation is performed by a crew of courteous technicians who are readily available to answer all your questions.

CommTank’s approach to oil tank installations

  • We’ll visit your home or business to measure the space where the new oil tank will be installed.
  • We’ll check the distance from the proposed location to both the burner and to the fill and vent pipe.
  • For aboveground tanks, we’ll make sure the floor under the proposed oil tank location is safe.
  • We’ll deliver your new tank, steel vent and fill pipe, and copper lines within protective, continuous, non-metallic sleeves.
  • We’ll install the tank, pitching it forward slightly to prevent buildup of sludge in your tank – limiting the number of service calls you’ll need.
  • We’ll install six-inch steel legs with flanges at the foot of the tank for optimum stability.
  • We’ll add a shutoff valve before the oil filter, so your filter or burner can be isolated while the technician works on it during service calls.
  • To complete the job, we’ll paint the exposed pipes so they are protected from the elements.

We stand behind our work and our products

Advances in technology have resulted in the manufacture of tanks made from corrosion-resistant materials, such as polyethylene and double-wall steel. Now fittings are mounted on tank tops to eliminate the chance of damage to fittings mounted below the fuel level. Properly installed and maintained, today’s average oil tank can last as long as 50 years.

When you choose CommTank for oil tank installations, you know you’re going to get the best service, the best products and the best warranties. Because we never want you to worry about your oil tank. It’s that simple. CommTank offers a labor warranty that’s unique in the industry – a one-year warranty that starts on the day of installation. And we give you access to some of the best tank manufacturers in the business: Roth and Granby.

Example of a Roth Tank installed in a basement.Example of a 275-gallon Roth Tank installed in a basement

  • Roth tanks have a blow-molded seamless inner tank of high-density polyethylene, which is absolutely leak-proof and corrosion-resistant. The outer tank is made of galvanized steel, lock seamed and sealed with an oil and fire-resistant seal. The outer tank protects the inner tank, and offers secondary containment should the inner tank fail. Roth tanks feature a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty on parts and equipment.
  • Granby tanks are time-tested and offer ultra-high performance, featuring proven steel construction with cutting-edge polyurethane-based coating to protect against corrosion and leaks. Granby tanks offer a manufacturer’s warranty on parts and equipment from the date of installation that varies from 10 to 25 years, depending on the model.

Example of Granby Tank installed in a basement.Example of 275-gallon Granby Tank installed in a basement.

Thinking about buying your own tank at a home supply store? Store-bought tanks often don’t last as long (under 10 years) and some tanks are not up to code, so be sure to do your research. We’ll be glad to help determine the best tank for your needs. For examples of our work please see the oil tank installation projects section of our web site.

Heating Oil Tank Sizes

The most common heating oil tank found in homes across New England is the 275-gallon however there are other options. Customers request larger or smaller tanks based on the size of the house they are heating and access to the basement or garage where the tank will be located. Basements with small doorways, sharp turns in stairways or low ceilings require low profile or smaller tanks. Storage capacity can be maintained by linking 2 or more tanks in a daisy chain. Here is the range of sizes currently available in a Roth Tank.

  • 110 gallon
  • 165 gallon
  • 275 gallon
  • 400 gallon

Oil Tank Regulations

Local fire departments require heating oil tank installation permits to ensure work is performed in accordance with either their own code, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) or the International Code Council (ICC). Massachusetts cities and towns charge anywhere from $10-$75 in tank installation permit fees. The fees cover the cost of inspection and record maintenance. After a new tank installation is complete, the Fire Department sends an inspector to verify the tank is installed to code, and signs off on the permit. Many New Hampshire cities and towns require permits for tank installations but do not charge permit fees.

Insurance Coverage

Since 2010, Massachusetts law mandates that insurance companies offer coverage for leaks from oil heat systems. Unfortunately, many homeowners are not aware of the coverage because it is an optional purchase. Coverage includes response action costs and third party claims associated with oil spill remediation. Too apply for the coverage you must meet these requirements:

  • Your property consists of one, two, three or four units
  • Your property is a dwelling used for living and sleeping only, and is not a building of mixed commercial and residential occupancy, such as a building with a retail establishment on the ground floor and an apartment on the second floor.
  • The fuel tank is above ground.
  • The residential property owner supplies proof that the fuel tank has leak-prevention systems (either an oil safety valve or an oil supply line with protective sleeve).

CommTank installs Granby and Roth heating oil tanks using polyethylene-coated copper tube, which meets the leak prevention requirement. If you are going to add this optional insurance we can provide a letter to your insurance company verifying compliance.

Contact CommTank today for expert oil tank installations: 1-800-628-8260