5 Easy Tips On How To Maintain Your Oil Tank
Your oil tank plays an integral part in keeping your home heating oil secure and your home warm. It is therefore vital to care for it and make sure it is performing at its optimum.
As many oil tanks are hidden away, they are, as a result, out of sight meaning they are also out of mind. This results in many people neglecting to check their tank once a year – a recommendation by tank manufacturers.
Maintaining your tank doesn’t need to be a massive burden but, to help, Super Saver Oil have listed 5 key pointers that will help you keep on top of any issues that may develop.
Look for any external oil leaks around your tank, valves and pipes to avoid a costly and potentially dangerous oil spill. Dead vegetation or a strong smell of fuel may also indicate a leak. Tanks are normally required to have protection around them, to reduce the impact of leakages. However, the level of protection, such as a bund, can differ depending on your local area.
A well-maintained tank will be less likely to suffer an accidental spill and should remain usable for between 10-15 years.
Ensure that the area around your tank is clear of plants and vegetation to prevent blockages and make certain that access points, vents and gauges are sealed and closed to prevent anything clogging the system. Ensure that the cap is securely fitted and that the gauge is kept clear so that the levels are displayed accurately.
Keep your tank clear of any overgrowth as this will hide any possible damage. Any external protection for your oil tank should also be clear of all debris.
- Signs of damage
Inspect your tank for cracks, however small, each month. Large dents, cracks, discolouration, or rust could all be signs of damage that needs urgent attention. Be especially aware of common stress points. For example, the corners around the bottom, as this is where most weight and pressure is felt when the tank is full.
However, if you discover a crack, do not attempt to repair it yourself. Contact a qualified technician, who will advise you on the best course of action.
- Use a registered engineer annually
It is recommended that a registered engineer completes an inspection of your tank at least once a year. This is in addition to your monthly inspection checks. This registered engineer is fully trained to identify and correct faults or potential dangers with your oil tank and often is able to pick up on something you may have missed.
- Keep all important documents safe
It is important to keep important information on your tank near at hand should you ever need to retrieve fast and accurate advice. Place your tank manufacturer details, especially a telephone number, along with the tank name, age, capacity, warranty information and any tank care instructions in a safe place.
Checking the key components of your oil tank regularly, such as alarms and gauges, according to manufacturers’ instructions, is crucial.
Carrying out regular maintenance of your heating oil tank could help you go some way to avoiding costly repair bills, and will help your tank maximise its useful working life and ensure it remains safe for use.
More and more people are realising the benefits of choosing heating oil as their fuel of choice. Contact us at Super Saver Oil for all your home heating oil needs at super-competitive prices.