Your free oil tank maintenance guide

Everyone knows the importance of having your boiler checked and serviced to ensure it stays in good condition and gives you years of use – after all, it’s an expensive appliance to replace or repair if something goes wrong. Not enough people pay the same attention to their oil tank however, and this is just as important as it houses your home heating oil – and what a loss that would be if your tank should be compromised in any way and you were to lose it.

There are also huge environmental implications should it leak, making it extremely important to be aware of any changes to your tank. With these issues in mind, here is your free oil tank maintenance guide so that you have all the information you need to look after your tank properly, and keep your home heating oil where it belongs.

External checks for your oil tank

What should you look out for on your oil tank, and what are the warning signs that something is wrong? If a leak is imminent, you could see the following external symptoms on your oil tank:

  • Your plastic tank has whitening marks, cracks or splits or bulging areas
  • Oil tank legs are rusted, bent or starting to buckle
  • Valves and connectors are warped, dented or damp to touch (i.e. weeping)
  • Pipes dripping or damp to touch
  • Obvious signs of corrosion or rust anywhere on the tank
  • If your tank is metal, paint could be blistering
  • Tank base has cracks or signs of subsidence

If you notice any of these signs, then it’s time to call in the professionals and have it replaced.

Oil tank location & relocation considerations

If you are renovating your property and want to move your oil tank to accommodate the changes, you will need to consider where the best place is to locate it. Consider that the pipes that lead from this to the boiler may need to be moved also (making it a bigger job that initially thought) and that you will need to employ the services of a professional – this isn’t a job you can do yourself. It is estimated that an oil tank has an average life span of around 20 years, so if it’s time to replace yours it’s also a good time to choose a new location for it if the current position isn’t ideal.

Protecting your oil tank

Protect your oil tank from the elements as best you can:

  • Locate it in a shaded part of the garden if possible so that it’s not exposed to direct sunlight
  • After storms or heavy snowfall, check for signs of damage and have these issues repaired straight away
  • Before a heavy frost, make sure to lag any exposed pipes to prevent freezing
  • After a snowfall, brush the snow off the top of the tank to reduce any unnecessary weight
  • After having a heating oil top up, ensure all valves are correctly closed so that no rain water can get into your tank and compromise the integrity of your home heating oil

Making your oil tank secure with a padlock and a monitor will not only deter thieves, but the alarm will alert you if your oil levels drop quickly – from either a theft or a leak.

Handy checklist for your home heating oil delivery

Before your home heating oil delivery arrives, make sure you:

  • Check the tank is easily accessible by your delivery driver and that you have removed the locks
  • Cut back branches or clear away overgrown plants around the tank which could prevent delivery
  • Remember to lock your garden gates afterwards to secure your property again.

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