If your tank is near to a drain, bore hole, river or other watercourse the chances are that you need a bunded tank by law.
An OFTEC registered technician can inspect your installation and any features particular to your property, and advise you on the best course of action to protect yourself and your home.
Oil tanks should be sited in accordance with building regulations, which protects them from a fire that may be started near by. Siting is typically 1.8m from openings into building and 760mm from a combustible boundary. If this can’t be, a fire barrier can be erected between the tank and hazard.
It is your responsibility to maintain any oil tanks on your property and to avoid them failing. Spills and leaks can be extremely costly to clean up and can contaminate ground water supplies and building foundations.
Conduct a quick visual check every six month for any of the following warning signs
A tank inspection should be performed annually at the time of the boiler service.
Your service engineer will check your tank for general condition and check for the presence of water/condensation, which will collect at the bottom. If condensation is, it will be stirred up on oil delivery and may be carried down to the boiler and a breakdown.
An OFTEC registered technicians will provide a report on the condition of your tank detailing observations and any actions you need to take to prevent an oil pollution incident occurring.
If you have any concerns over your oil storage, contact your regular fuel supplier.
Your fuel distributor or service technician has advised you of your tank’s condition, perhaps by attaching a label to your tank or writing to you because they think it is at risk of failure and may need to be replaced.
Replacing your old tank with a new one is normally a straight forward job, and has the benefits of peace of mind and bringing your storage system up to current standards – essential should you sell the property.
Spills and leaks can be extremely costly to clean up and can contaminate ground water supplies and building foundations.
Oil Firing Technical Association
Federation of Petroleum Suppliers
Environment Agency for England
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Natural Resources Wales
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