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Heating Oil Tank Maintenance

 

For homeowners with a heating oil tank, carrying out regular maintenance can help to reduce the costs associated with repair bills, and will ensure that your tank is in full working condition at all times. Heating oil Shropshire can give unrivalled industry advice and experience when it comes to checking your fuel tank. 

Here are some of the main checks to perform on your heating oil tank inspection.

Signs of Damage

When performing your visual inspection of the fuel tank, look for any large dents, cracks, discolouration, bulges or rust patches. These signs of damage require immediate attention as they could easily develop into much bigger issues such as an oil spill. 

Leaks

Carefully check for any external oil leaks around the seams of your tank, valves and pipework in order to prevent a costly and extremely dangerous oil spill. 

Fuel tanks are usually required to have protection around them, this is to minimise the impact of any unexpected leakages, and the level of protection used (such as a bund, secondary containment) can vary depending on the area you are in. 

You should also have an oil spill kit on hand; containing items such as sorbent materials, leak-sealing putty and drain blockers. This kit is only going to be a temporary solution whilst you wait for the professionals to arrive, but it will go a long way to minimise any potential damage resulting from the leak. 

Blockages

To prevent blockages around your fuel tank, make sure that the surrounding area is clear of plants and other vegetation. Ensure that the access points, vents and gauges are sealed and closed to prevent any debris, rainwater or insects getting in and clogging up the system. 

Any external protection used for your fuel tank should also be clear of plants, rubbish and water. 

Getting water or sludge into your fuel tank can damage your heating system; and as a direct result this could reduce the efficiency of your domestic heating oil. 

Tank Components

Regularly checking the key components of your fuel tank is crucial; this includes the alarms and gauges. If you suspect that part of your tank has an issue, getting in touch with the professionals as quickly as possible is the best course of action. 

If in the unfortunate event you suffer from a leak from your home heating fuel tank, there are key steps you need to take in order to begin dealing with the problem. 

#1 – Turn off your tap

If it is possible, and depending on the scale of the oil spill; turn off the tap at your tank to make sure no more oil can flow from the original source. 

#2 – Seek professional advice

Seek professional advice on how to tackle your oil spill. Contact the relevant government departments and they will be able to best advise you on how to proceed. 

#3 – Protect surrounding water sources

If your tank is located near to groundwater, a river or a drain; you should place some earth or sand in the area around your tank in order to absorb the oil and to prevent it flowing further. 

#4 – Block the seal

As a temporary fix to the problem, soap can be rubbed into the broken seal if you have a plastic heating oil tank. 

#5 – Don’t attempt to clean up the spill yourself

You could end up making the problem a lot worse, it is always best to leave the clean up of oil spills to the professionals.

#6 – Contact your heating oil provider

Get in contact with your heating oil provider to see if they would be able to come and remove any other fuel from the property that might be likely to leak.

 

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