How do I look after my Heating Oil Tank?

A recent incident, when one of our customers’ tank split during an oil delivery, has highlighted the importance of ensuring that your oil tank is fit for purpose. We immediately looked into what advice is on offer around the storage and maintenance of domestic heating oil tanks.

This split occurred during a normal oil delivery. The weight of the oil within

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How do I look after my Heating Oil Tank?

A recent incident, when one of our customers’ tank split during an oil delivery, has highlighted the importance of ensuring that your oil tank is fit for purpose. We immediately looked into what advice is on offer around the storage and maintenance of domestic heating oil tanks.

This split occurred during a normal oil delivery. The weight of the oil within the tank had turned a microscopic, hairline crack into a gaping hole within seconds. Once the split became apparent, the delivery was stopped, but the fuel had to be pumped out as a matter of urgency due to the threat of pollution and contamination to surrounding areas.

Once an incident like this occurs, the oil then needs to be uplifted from the tank and arrangements made for a new tank installation.

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Who offers advice on maintaining heating oil tanks?

OFTEC (the trade association that represents the interests of oil storage, appliance and supply equipment manufacturers) recently published guidelines and advice on maintaining domestic oil storage tanks.

The advice from OFTEC will help you make the most of your fuel, maintain your home heating appliances and reduce your carbon footprint. The www.OFTEC.org website enables you to locate your nearest registered technicians by postcode entry. If you would rather, we can recommend OFTEC registered engineers too.

What signs of wear and tear should I look for on my heating oil tank?

Regulations will vary slightly depending on where you live, so the following advice is a general guide, aimed at domestic properties using tanks up to 3500 litres.

Along with your annual inspection, we recommend that you do a visual inspection of your tank every 6 months.

What to look for on plastic and steel heating oil tanks;

  • Rust – On steel tanks, this will affect the tank’s integrity over time.
  • Cracks – Even the smallest crack in the plastic can split. On steel tanks cracks can result in leaks.
  • Splits – Any splits should be dealt with immediately.
  • Bulging & discolouration – this is a sign of weakness in the wall of the tank.
  • Subsidence on the base – Over time this will weaken your tank.
  • Tanks overgrown with foliage – Tree branches may damage tanks.
  • Unusual oil smell – Your oil may be leaking and sitting under the tank.
  • Sudden usage increase – Your oil may be seeping out of the tank into the earth.
  • Check seals – Ensure seals are tight and not dripping oil.

Northern Energy offers a Boiler Service. As part of this service, the engineer will inspect your tank and look out for everything listed above.

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What our clients are saying

We had an exceptionally busy period at the pub in summer and ran out of gas from a delivery which would normally have lasted much longer. I rang Northern Energy mid-morning when we discovered our situation and they delivered within 20 minutes! We were all very impressed by the speed and helpfulness of the service which got us out of a potentially very difficult situation. Lunch service went on as normal in our pub.
Thank you, Northern Energy!
Mrs R - Publican
Excellent service , easy to order with polite efficient sales staff. Delivery drivers friendly and reliable, very impressed with all round customer service.  Mrs J
Your telephone is answered quickly and in a friendly manner followed up with call/message of delivery date. Mrs B
My husband and I are very pleased with your overall service and have recommended your service to other people round about. We rate you 10. Many thanks Mrs B
Yes I would recommend you, I score 10. The 'PPP' keeps my tank topped up, no VAT to pay. A very good efficient firm with nice friendly delivery men. Thank you Mr W
Been with you now since 2005 would recommend you to anyone Mr W
Always good service from ring (a day before) to say delivery is on it's way to the tank being filled up, thanks guys! Mr T
Last year I recommended you to my neighbour and he is equally happy with your service. Mrs S
I have just recommended your company to a friend who's just moved into a new home and uses oil. I have given you 10 in ratings. Mr M
We find the whole service really easy & efficient Mrs M
We are new customers, but the one delivery we have had came on time. The driver was very friendly and quick with no mess. Very pleased and no need to go elsewhere! Mrs D
I have always been very happy with the service I've recieved from Northern Energy and in fact have got you 2 more customers in the village. The delivery men are always courteous and I think that goes a long way! Northern Energy get a five star rating from me. Mr C
I am pleased with your automatic top-up system. It saves me worrying about running out and presumably saves you money if you can top up a group of neighbouring customers in one delivery - so win-win. Mr D
We have been very impressed with the service received from Northern Energy. The team are always very friendly and always willing to help in any which way they can. If we are cancelling a delivery there are never any questions asked. Recently we had a new oil tank fitted and the oil was delivered within two days of being ordered (we had allowed up to 5 days). Mr K
As a customer I love the all inclusive package of oil and maintenance that you offer. As a second home owner, we never run out of oil like we do ‘at home’ because you keep us ‘topped up’. Mr C

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