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Spring clean your heating oil tank

We’ve had some bitterly cold weather of late but now spring is just around the corner. When you start giving your home a good spring clean it’s worth giving your oil tank some attention as well.

What should I look for?
You should look for anything on or around your tank installation that could indicate a leak is likely to happen, or oil has been lost to the environment. You should:
• make sure that the tank installation isn’t becoming over grown with vegetation that would hide the condition of the tank
• check the tank base or supports for cracking or subsidence
• ensure the tank has a working contents gauge; if this has a valve make sure it’s closed
• check all visible pipework, valves and filters for damage and signs of leaks, such as dampness or staining, especially around joints
• check vegetation around the tank for signs of die-back
• check secondary containment (tank bunds) for liquid or rubbish
• check that drip trays for remote fill pipes haven’t got any oil or water in them, check the waste oil information for how to dispose of any liquid

Cracking on a plastic tank
If you have a plastic tank you also need to check for:
• whitening, cracking and splits in the plastic
• bulging or deformation of the tank profile

Rust and oil staining on a metal tank
If you have a metal tank you also need to check for:
• signs of rust, pitting and blistering of paint
• oil dampness on seams and welds

If you see anything you’re worried about or that’s changed since you last looked you should take advice from a qualified oil heating professional. A plastic oil tank can’t be repaired; if it’s starting to show signs that it’s deteriorating you are likely to need a replacement tank.
If your oil use suddenly increases unexpectedly, you should check your tank and pipework immediately for leaks. Tank monitoring devices are available that give early warning of a rapid drop in oil level

Annual checks
Make sure your oil storage tanks and oil supply pipes are checked by a competent person at least annually; usually at the same time as your annual boiler service.

Source: Oil Care

Whether you require a totally new storage tank installation on your premises, the replacement of an existing tank or simply the safe removal and licensed disposal of a disused tank and/or its fuel contents, Barton Petroleum can help.