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Heating oil tank checks

Heating Oil – Tank checks & maintenance

For anyone, whether it’s a household or business, using heating oil for keeping warm in winter then the question of carrying out regular heating oil tank checks will be important.

That’s because heating oil is a valuable commodity and it needs to be securely stored. It’s a good idea to have the boiler and heating oil tank inspected every year by a qualified heating engineer.

Also, owners will need to check their heating oil tanks at least once a month and also before they place an order for a new delivery and they should check that the tank is not leaking or damaged in any way.

Heating oil tank checks

The main point for heating oil tank checks is to look around the tank installation to see whether a leak has occurred or is likely to occur.

The regular oil tank checks will also ensure that there is no overgrowth of vegetation which would hide the tank’s condition, and also cause damage if left unattended. If there are signs of die-back then this probably indicates a leak that’s killing off the vegetation.

The base and supports for the heating oil tank should also be checked for subsidence or cracking and the owner should ensure that the gauge that measures the contents is not only working but if it has a valve then it should be closed.

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Regular heating oil tank checks

The regular heating oil tank checks also need to take into account the condition of all valves and filters for signs of leaks or damage as well as any visible pipework. Check carefully for any stains or dampness, particularly around the joints.

The check should also take into account any drip trays for signs of water or oil and owners should also be wary about how they dispose of waste oil and it’s always best to take this to an approved site for disposal.

Owners who are conducting heating oil tank checks on plastic tanks should also carefully check for splits, cracking and also whitening in the plastic and whether the profile is being deformed or is bulging in any way.

For those owners with metal heating oil tanks they also need to check for rust, blistering paint as well as pitting. If there are signs of oil dampness on the welds and seams, this may indicate a problem.

Carrying out heating oil tank checks

Essentially, for anyone who uses heating oil and their suspicions are aroused when carrying out their heating oil tank checks then they should ask a professional for their opinion to see how serious the problem might be.

For instance, if the tank is made from plastic it’s unlikely that it can be repaired and when it begins to show signs of deterioration then it will need replacing.

Also, the tank oil check should also keep a record of oil levels because if the heating oil use rises unexpectedly then there may be a leak in the pipework or tank. A tank monitoring device may give an early warning for any large drop in oil level.

Other tips for heating oil tank checks:

  • Clean up spills made during delivery
  • Paint and treat metal oil tanks when required
  • Check connections are secure
  • Ensure the lid is fastened securely to stop water entering the tank.