April 15, 2020
Having heating oil delivered directly to your Cape Cod home is the ideal way to stay prepared, regardless of events or circumstance. Professional, automatic heating oil delivery is fast, and removes the onus of keeping an eye on your supply by placing it on a trained professional with the tools, knowledge, and experience needed to get the job done right.
But! There are some ways to make your oil delivery go even smoother. If you prepare appropriately, you’ll never even know the delivery team was there at all. You will not interact with the delivery team at all, and will simply get a report when the job is done. Continue reading the blog post from Hall Oil Gas and Electric to learn how to best prepare your home or property for your next heating oil delivery.
Top 5 Tips to Prepare for Home Heating Oil Deliveries:
Make Certain Your Address is Easy to See
This is an often forgotten step in preparation! In order to deliver your heating oil, the delivery team needs to know exactly what home to stop at. This can be made difficult if the address number of your home is obscured by plants, fallen leaves, or isn’t illuminated during evening hours. Make the address easy to spot, and you’ll never get an interruptive call asking for landmarks, nor will you feel the need to flag the driver down. Your pizza delivery drivers will thank you, too!
Keep Gates and Fences Open
Make sure any gates or fences are open, or unlocked, that need to be accessed in order to deliver your heating oil. If a delivery team member encounters a locked gate or door, they are obligated to contact you directly in order to have the door or gate opened. We can’t simply go around or over it, meaning you have to come do it yourself or we might get in trouble.
Please Be Mindful of Your Pets
We all love our family dogs and cats, but they can complicate a delivery in no time. Even if the pet is well-mannered, it adds another aspect that the driver has to manage, needing to be careful of how they drive, and needing to keep an eye out for a runaway pup looking to get out of the fence or gate. Please keep your pets indoors, or away from the delivery area, for their safety and the safety of your oil delivery company!
Maintain a Clear Path
A hefty presence of branches, rocks, snow, or even leaves can make getting to your fill pipe nearly impossible. At best, this means extra time needed to perform the oil delivery. More commonly, the delivery will have to be put on hold until these things are moved—this can even result in your delivery getting postponed, which is something no one wants. Be sure that driveways, walkways, and the path to the fill area are free of debris.
Clearly Indicate the In-Use Fill Pipe
In some older homes there may be more than one fill pipe present. Usually the second pipe is no longer in use, and thus sealed off. But sometimes the pipe didn’t get sealed, or isn’t clearly indicated as a no longer used pipe. This can create serious complications and confusion! If your out of use pipe isn’t clearly sealed, tag the in use pipe so that it’s obvious which fill pipe needs to be connected to. Doing so will remove the need for the delivery driver to contact you or knock on your door to ask you a question.
Contact Hall Oil Gas and Electric for Heating Oil Delivery on Cape Cod!
For over a century, Hall Oil Gas and Electric’s oil delivery teams have been keeping homes on Cape Cod and in the surrounding communities prepared for any weather. We specialize in automatic heating oil delivery, but our sister company, Oil Peddler, can also help you with will-call, or one-time, heating oil deliveries.
How does automatic oil delivery work? Hall Oil will track your energy usage and daily weather conditions to anticipate when you’re due for your next heating oil delivery. We will schedule an oil refill when your fuel tank reaches about ¼ full to avoid any risk of a run out. Our oil delivery team will arrive and fill your oil tank, with no need for you to be home or to come into contact with us! We will also consider important factors, like personal heating preference and household size, to accurately estimate your heating oil delivery needs.