Get Tanked Up this Winter with

22nd August 2009
Harlequin 1450BCT Basic Bunded Oil TankAt the heart of any oil heating installation is an oil storage tank. And with Autumn just around the corner, there's never been a better time for homeowners and householders to check their tank, ahead of the Winter months.
To help, online has published a series of useful tips to help homeowners and householders ensure their tank remains in tip top condition, all Winter long.

1. Has your oil heating system been serviced recently by a professional technician? If it hasn't, then make arrangements with a suitably competent technician, such as a member of the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) or Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors' (APHC) Competent Persons' Scheme. For details of your nearest registered Technician, visit the OFTEC or APHC websites.
2. Is your tank manufactured from steel? If so, be sure and check for signs of corrosion - remembering  steel tanks often rust from the 'inside out'. So no matter how good your Oil Tank might look on the outside, it could be days from failure on the inside. Why not upgrade to a low maintenance, Bunded Plastic Oil Tank instead?


3. If you have an Oil Tank Contents Gauge fitted, is it working? If not arrange to have it replaced or repaired.
4. Check pipe work and ancillary components (e.g. sight gauges, filters, isolation valves etc.) for signs of damage, corrosion or leakage. Even the smallest leaks can often be detected by an increase in, heating oil consumption; a strong smell of heating oil; or by a 'rainbow' sheen from any affected component on a rainy day. If you think you may have a leak, isolate the supply of fuel from the tank and make immediate arrangements to have it remedied.
5. Water and oil don't mix - so don't allow them to. Ensure all inspection points and fill points fitted to your Oil Tank are firmly shut and vent covers are correctly affixed.
6. Remember there are strict regulations in place for the installation of new and replacement Oil Tanks. Even at residential installations, most new and replacement Oil Storage Tanks should be Bunded. A Bunded Oil Tank consists of a 'tank within a tank'. Bunded Oil Tanks are proven to dramatically reduce the risk of oil pollution in the event of a spillage.
7. Check the level of fuel remaining inside your Oil Tank regularly. There's nothing worse than running out of fuel in the middle of a cold snap. can supply the Apollo and Watchman Electronic Oil Tank Contents Gauge, which allows you to monitor your tank from the warmth and convenience of your own home!
8. Make sure your tank is correctly supported. Plastic Oil Tanks in particular must be fully supported across their entire base and good practice requires that the base should extend 300mm beyond the widest point of the tank. Failure to properly support a tank will almost invariably result in premature product failure.
9. If you have a Bunded Oil Tank fitted with a Bund Warning Alarmwhen was the last time you checked it? In the event that the alarm indicates there is liquid present inside the bunded area, contact your fuel supplier or local competent Oil Storage Technician.
10. Finally, make sure your home insurance covers homes with oil heating installations. Many home insurance policies do, but some don't. Your insurance broker or insurance company will be able to advise.
For more information on environmentally responsible oil storage, visit online; contact your local fuel supplier; speak with your local Building Control Department or Envionmntal Authority; or, better still... arrange to have your Oil Storage System inspected by your local OFTEC or APHC Registered Technician.


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Article Last Updated 22nd August 2009
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