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New rules for Above Ground Storage Tanks!

New Rules for Aboveground Storage Tanks -

Homeowners will have until July 31, 2020 to schedule their first inspection by their fuel distributor and after the first inspection must have their tanks inspected once every three years.

The red-tag rule will help prevent costly spills of heating oil from aboveground storage tanks. Homeowners whose heating oil tanks are red-tagged may be eligible for up to $2,000 to replace indoor tanks and up to $3,000 for outdoor tanks. The new rule will require all tanks to be inspected at least once every three years.  Systems must also be inspected after a new installation, after first fill of a new installation, and whenever the customer changes fuel distributor.

The following five conditions are considered unsafe and will result in a red tag:

  • Unstable foundation;
  • Uncoated or un-sleeved piping from the tank to the heating appliance, which could corrode if in contact with soil or concrete and cause a release;
  • Unequal fill and vent pipe size, which could lead to over-pressurization of the system;
  • No vent whistle, which could lead to an overfill of a tank because the person delivering fuel cannot be sure when the tank is approaching capacity; and
  • Poor tank condition such as excessive rust, leaks, weeps, drips. These are all signs that a tank needs to be replaced.

If a tank is unsafe to fill, inspectors are required to put a red tag on the tank. The inspector will also notify the owner of the repairs that are necessary to resume fuel delivery.

New tanks and relocated tanks must be placed on a concrete pad or other solid foundation approved by the state.  An existing tank sitting on an unstable foundation must be stabilized but will not require a solid concrete foundation until 2030.

 

Call your provider today –

Barrows and Fisher – 802-254-4574

Cota & Cota 802-254-0000

Dead River – 802-254-6095

Dorr Oil  802-362-1950

Nido's Oil  802-464-8830

Sandri Inc  800-628-1900

 

Suburban Bratt   257-4515/ Benn  442-2745

Hooray Fall is in the air and good news abounds in the Deerfield Valley

Today is the last day of Summer and we're all enjoying the end of season warm temperatures, but also looking forward to Columbus Day festivities (aka: Vermont's Indigenous People's Day.) I've seen some really gorgeous reds and oranges on the trees already. Peak foliage is just around the corner so if you haven't booked your autumnal tour of the Green Mountains, and most especially the Deerfield Valley, now is the time to start planning your trip to the apple orchards, pumpkin fields and corn mazes. Touring properties for sale is another spectacular way to spend the mild days here and ensures you've got plenty of time to close on that amazing Vermont property you've been dreaming about before the snow flies. The next best thing about fall after apple cider donuts is that winter follows! Mount Snow is hard at work finishing up their capital improvements, including the new pump house with increased snow making capacity and a wider Long John trail. If that's not the best news you've heard lately then you've never spent any time on the previously narrow portion of the beginner trail. The excitement will continue to build as winter nears and hopefully in a future post I'll have more happy news about big fluffy snowfalls in the forecast. Until then Happy Fall!

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Fire Safety in Your Home

FIRE Safety in the HOME:

 

Vermont Department of Public Safety ~ Division of Fire Safety

 

The Law requires that a Certification of Compliance is executed by both seller and buyer  at the time of property closing and transfer of ownership. The certification basically states the [...]