Water in heating oil?


Old 04-28-09, 07:02 AM
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Water in heating oil?

Hi, is there any way to remove water from heating oil? I have about 50 or more gallons of oil in my tank and there is quite a lot of water in it. I don't know how it got in there as I only just bought this place. Is there any way I can filter it out?

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Old 04-28-09, 09:37 AM
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Maybe I'm just old, but the old glass bowl filters used to be an easy way to sopt and remove any water in a fuel system. A quick google seemed to indicate they are still in use, so might be a good long term fix. The real heating guys will be along to correct if needed.

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buy or borrow a small marine hand bilge pump, jury rig a piece of copper tubing or any plastic tubing or pipe any way you can,
it's only temporary, get the pipe/tubing to the bottom of the tank, and try to pump and get the the water/oil into any container s you can manage. at first it should be all water, that should be easy to dispose of, the rest, sludge/oil can be taken to anyplace that takes used oil or some communities have "hazmat" days or events where that can be disposed of.
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I probably should have said to buy a hand marine oil change pump, that might work better. If you can get to the bottom drain, if it is an indoor tank and get some kind of a bucket under it that may be easier. What ever way you use it's going to be potentially messy and today oil spills are a BIG deal, so be carefull.
Old 05-02-09, 01:50 PM
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Water in oil tank

With only 50 gallons in the tank, my suggestion is to get rid of the whole mess, tank & all. Having been in the business for over 20 years I can tell you that you will be ahead of the game to do so. Getting all the water out of a tank is next to impossible, not to mention the probable rust & sludge.
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