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Mountain View Fuel Trucks

Fuel Safety & Information

Fuel Safety

Oil tank Inspection Checklist: *number correspond to location on tank diagram


1 - Are the tank legs bent, broken, rusted through, or missing? Are the tank leg support brackets undamaged and still firmly welded to the tank?


1 - Are the legs sitting on a hard surface like concrete or steel and supported by firm compacted ground?


2 - Are there any signs of rust, weeping, wet spots, or dents on the tank?

10 - Is the tank blackened at the low end, around the drain? (This may be an indication of water in the tank, and resultant corrosion inside the tank.)

3&4 - Are there any stains, drips, or signs of leakage around the supply / return lines, filter, valves, or connections?

7&8 - Are there any signs of leakage or spills around the fill pipe or vent pipe?

6 - Vent whistle must sound during delivery. Is the vent whistle silent while the tank is being filled? (As the fuel delivery person.)

9 - Is the fuel-level gauge working properly? Is it cracked, stuck, or frozen? Are there signs of oil around it? (A missing gauge cover will allow water to enter the tank.)


5 - Is there a danger of snow or ice falling on the tank? Are there low hanging branches or yard items nearby, which may fall and strike the tank?

3&4 - Are the lines and filter protected from strikes by yard equipment like mowers and weed eaters?

6 - Can the vent clog or become restricted because of debris, snow, ice, or insect nests? (Screened vents can help prevent insect nest problems, but screens must regularly be inspected for excess corrosion build-up that will diminish the ability to vent.)

5 - If mounted outdoors, is the tank rated for outdoors use? Is the tank located so as to protect it from strong winds?

11 - What is the age of the tank? (Not usually indicated until after 1998.) (Indoor – older than 20-25 yr.? Outdoor – older than 15 years?)

Recommended Practices for Owners of Home Heating Oil Storage Tank Systems

Fuel Tank Diagram
Mountain View Fuel Truck


Fuel Info

Benefits of Using Heating Oil

  • Efficient - modern Oil heat systems perform at 85-95% efficiency or higher. This means that for every dollar you spend on heating oil 85-95 cents worth of heat and hot water is delivered to your home. Oil heat is the efficiency leader.

  • Clean - Today's Oil heat is 95% cleaner than it was in 1970. Modern Oil heat systems create absolutely no soot, dirt, or odors in the home. It is as environmentally friendly as gas.

  • More Popular - 28.6 million Americans depend on the comfort and savings of Oil heat to heat their homes.

  • It's Abundant - No need to worry about world oil supplies. With over 36 oil-producing countries, Mountain View Fuel. maintains a constant supply of heating oil.

  • Safe - heating oil is non-explosive, in fact it will not even burn in a liquid state. Not like other heating sources, which will burst into flames.

  • Cozy and Warmer - an Oil heat flame burns 300 degrees hotter than natural gas, heating your home and water faster than any other heating source ever could.

  • Economical - annual heating costs for Oil heat are consistently lower than natural gas or electricity, especially if your heating supplier offers a price cap or guaranteed price program. The Department of Ecology studies indicate that oil heats 16% more efficiently than natural gas.

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