Home Heat Tank Management

Who is responsible for home heat tank management?

Home heat tank management is every homeowner’s responsibility. To help prevent a spill before it occurs or detect a spill early homeowner’s should:

  • check the age of your tank
  • check tank connections on a regular basis
  • check for signs of corrosion and leaks
  • check to ensure that installation and inspections are done by a licensed installer
  • check to ensure tank foundation is stable and solid
  • check on winter tank safety procedures
  • check on your insurance coverage 

Signs that your tanks should be replaced immediately include:

  • an unexplained oil-like substance or wet area near your tank
  • a nearby soil stained by petroleum
  • strong and constant smell petroleum near your tank
  • smell or taste of petroleum in you water
  • tank is discoloured or damp on the bottom.

Every person who has reason to believe that petroleum is leaking or has leaked from a home heat tank system shall immediately:

  • notify the owner of the home heat tank system; and
  • report the leak by telephoning one of the numbers below

Who do I call to report an oil spill?

Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM: 1-866-368-5044 (PEI Department of Communities, Land and Environment)
Evenings and weekends: 1-800-565-1633 (Canadian Coast Guard)

Who can I contact for more information?

Steve Townsend (Chief Officer Boiler, Pressure Vessel, LP Gas, Plumbing and Home Heat Tank)
J. Elmer Blanchard Building
31 Gordon Drive
Charlottetown, PE
Telephone: (902) 368-5567
Fax: (902) 368-5526
Email: srtownsend@gov.pe.ca

Published date: 
June 29, 2016
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General Inquiries

Inspection Services
J. Elmer Blanchard Building
31 Gordon Drive
Charlottetown, PE C1A 6B8

Telephone: 902-368-5280
Fax: 902-368-5526

cle@gov.pe.ca