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May 28, 2013

Carrying out regular maintenance of your heating oil tank could help you go some way to avoiding costly repair bills, and ensure that your tank is working at its optimum level at all times.

Here are just a few checks that home heating oil users can make to help extend the life of their oil tank.

Leaks

Check for any external oil leaks around the seams of your tank, valves and pipes to prevent a costly and dangerous oil spill.

Tanks are normally required to have protection around them, to minimise the impact of leakages, and the level of protection, such as abund (secondary containment); can vary according depending on the area you are in.

You should also have an oil spill kit, containing items such as sorbent materials (absorb), leak-sealing putty and drain blockers on hand to try and stem a spill while you wait for the professionals to arrive.

Blockages

To prevent blockages ensure that the area around your tank is clear of plants and that access points, vents and gaugesare sealed and closed to prevent any debris, rainwater or insects clogging the system.

Any external protection for your oil tank should also be clear of plants, rubbish, water etc.

Water or sludge in your heating oil tank can damage your heating system and as a result reduce the efficiency of your domestic heating oil.

Tank components

Checking the key components of your oil tank on a regular basis, such as alarms and gauges, according to manufacturers’ instructions, is crucial. If you suspect that you may have a problem with any part of your heating system, it may be best to seek professional advice from an Oftec (Oil Firing Technical Association) registered technician.

Signs of damage

Large dents, cracks, discolouration, bulges or rust could all be signs of damage that requires attention, and if your boiler does need replacing then your new tank should meet Oftec standards (OFS T100 for plastic tanks or OFS T200 for steel tanks).


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