Inspect your heating oil tank
June 21, 2013

Inspecting your heating oil tank at regular intervals is crucial to ensuring that it operates at an optimum level.

The Environment Agency has warned homeowners that failing to carry out basic checks on heating oil tanks, as well as an annual check by an OFTEC registered technician, could lead to spills and leaks that can amount to a large financial and environmental cost.

Jonathan Atkinson, a Groundwater and Contaminated Land Technical Specialist, said: “Oil can be hazardous in the wrong setting and escapes can be harmful to plants and animals and a threat to their habitats, as well as impacting water quality and resources.

“We believe the best way to protect the environment is through pollution prevention. Most leaks can be easily spotted, so we are encouraging people to check around the tank, pipework, taps and gauges, looking particularly for any signs of corrosion, bulging, damage and drips.”

Here are just a number of basic checks you can carry out on your heating oil tank.

Check for signs of degradation or corrosion

Visual signs of corrosion or degradation on your heating oil tank can include discolouration, cracks, rust, oil staining and any signs of bulging. These are all signals that your heating oil tank will need attention, and your heating oil supplier may be able to offer further advice or provide a range of boiler services.

Check for a build-up of debris and vegetation

Your tank vent outlet and tank bund should be free of all debris and vegetation. If you have a rainwater shield or an insect screen this should also be cleared of all dirt and rubbish.

Inspect the area surrounding your heating oil tank

The area surrounding your heating oil tank should also be checked for any signs of changes to the base and supporting structure, such as oil staining.

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