Don't Let Your Basement Become Wasted Space

Answering Two Questions You Might Have About Oil Burning Heating Systems

Heating oil, bought from a company Cash Oil, has long been an effective way of providing a home with enough heat to be comfortable during the cold winters. However, many people have never owned a home that relies on an oil burning furnace, and this means that they may not be very familiar with these systems. If this applies to your situation, you will likely need at least a couple of questions answered to help you know what to do when some routine issues arise. 

What Problems Can A Leaking Storage Tank Cause?

Many individuals may be concerned about the risks posed by a leaking oil storage tank. While this may seem like it would pose a grave danger to your home or property, this is not actually the case. Usually, if you have the problem addressed as soon as possible, the worst problem that will arise is dead grass or other plants around the storage tank.

However, it should be noted that these problems can worsen if you delay having this repair done. In instances where the leak has been allowed to exist for a prolonged period of time, it is possible that the storage tank will suffer corrosion, staining or the ground contamination will spread to encompass a large area around the tank. Due to these concerns, you should make a visual inspection of your tank at least once every few months, and any signs of a leak should be addressed by a trained professional. 

Is It Normal For Residue To Accumulate On The Furnace's Burner?

If you have never owned an oil burning furnace before, you may find it alarming to notice soot and oil residue accumulating on the burner. Fortunately, this is not a sign that your system is malfunctioning, but rather, it is a normal part of the way that these device work. While they are highly efficient at igniting the oil, not all of it will burn, and the oil will accumulate on the burner in the form of this residue. 

A small amount of this substance should be expected, but if it is allowed to accumulate, it can restrict the air and oil flow. When this happens, your unit may struggle to work, and this can lead to dramatically higher energy costs. Therefore, you should clean the burner whenever you notice this residue starting to become excessive. In order to do this, you only need to use a dry cloth to gently wipe it away. 

Using an oil burning furnace can be a great way of providing enough heat to stay warm during cold days, but if you have never used this type of heating system, you are unlikely to be familiar with the problems that these units can encounter. Yet, knowing these two answers about common problems with oil burning heating systems will help you to have these problems addressed when they strike your home. 

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Don't Let Your Basement Become Wasted Space

My wife and I recently had a new home built, and while we had few stressful decisions to make, we greatly enjoyed the process and love our new home. Due to budget concerns, we decided to leave our basement unfinished at first. We figured that since we have so much "stuff" that we need to store, like off-season clothing and seasonal decorations, we would just use it for storage. However, we soon regretted not having it finished and felt like we had "wasted space" in our new house that wasn't being put to good use. We turned it into a "mini apartment" with its own entrance that we now rent out to a friend for a little extra income. I love sharing what we learned during the home building process, so I am excited to share our experiences and tips on our new blog! Come back for more construction tips!

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