How to maintain your oil tank
All you need to know about your oil tank!
Oil is toxic and harmful to the environment – prevention is better than cure, and keeping your oil tank in good condition is important. The Environment Agency, together with OFTEC and the FPS (the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers), has produced a guide to looking after your above-ground oil storage tank and avoiding polution. Click here to download their PDF guide.
Tanks come in many shapes and sizes and are usually manufactured from steel or plastic.
A damaged tank can present you with huge costs for repairs, replacement, and even fines for spillages and leaks. A small amount of domestic heating oil can cause a huge amount of damage to the environment, which can threaten wildlife and their habitat, or even human life.
At Northern Energy, we take our responsibility to make sure we deliver a greener energy very seriously. One of our engineers would be happy to come and check your tank if you have any concerns, or our drivers can offer you advice when they deliver your domestic heating oil. However, it is important you check your tank regularly – we would recommend once a month, and each time you order your fuel.
Simple steps to take care of your tank:
- Inspect your tank regularly for corrosion, damage, interference or for signs of a leak. Check for bulges, deep scratches, cracks, discolouration or rust – remember if your tank is metal, it can rust from the inside out. Look for any oil that may be leaking from pipes, valves and seams.
- Check regularly to make sure the lid is tightly closed to stop water getting in.
- Make sure the tank is accessible for delivery drivers, maintenance and repairs. Cutting back branches and removing obstacles will help to prevent your tank from getting damaged.
- Check the tank base for cracks or signs of subsidence.
- If your tank is bunded, check the bund for liquid or rubbish.
Our Boiler Servicing package includes an annual check of your tank.
If you have a metal tank consider changing to a plastic tank as they are more robust and won’t corrode, causing a leak.
Do not replace a tank yourself – this is a skilled and complicated process which needs to be carried out by a fully qualified OFTEC registered engineer. If you need any help or advice, please call the Northern Energy team on 01423 770 666.
There are strict rules and regulations regarding oil storage, which are enforced by the Environment Agency. For more information please click here
Need to replace your tank?
We can put you in touch with a qualified OFTEC engineer who will provide you with a free site survey and quotation for installation of a new tank, and removal of the old one.
Please call our sales team on 01423 770 666 for more information.
The Fuel Storage Regulations are there to protect the environment and to protect you and your home.
Here are a few common questions answered:
Q. What regulations affect domestic fuel storage?
The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001.
Q. To which sites do they apply?
Private dwellings storing over 3500 litres but it should be noted that Building Regulations reduce this to 2500 litres.
Q. What is the timescale?
The timescale for The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 was 1st September 2005, whereby all relevant domestic installations affected must be bunded.
Q. How can I ensure that a bund complies with the regulations?
Install an integrally bunded tank (OFST100). Alternatively, you could build a masonry or concrete bund that complies with the stringent requirements of the Pollution Prevention Guidance notes PPG 2 (above ground oil storage tanks) and PPG 26 (oil drum storage) issued by the Environment Agency. Masonry and concrete bunds are covered by Ciria Report 163.
The Titan Environmental bunded range of EcoSafe tanks will meet all your regulatory needs in one easy step.
Q. If I install the wrong type of tank now, must it be changed?
Yes. It must be replaced with a bunded tank, or be bunded straight away.
Q. Where else should a bunded tank be installed?
When on completion of the OFTEC form TI/133 (risk assessment) by an OFTEC qualified engineer, your tank is deemed to need bunding. See the checks below:
- Tank capacity in excess of 2500 litres
- Tank within 10 metres of controlled water
- Tank located where a spillage could run into an open drain or to a loose fitting manhole cover
- Tank within 50 metres of a borehole or spring
- Tank over hard ground or hard-surfaced ground that could enable spillage run-off to reach controlled water
- Tank located in a position where the vent pipe outlet is not visible from the fill point
- Tank supplying heating oil to a building other than a single family dwelling
Looking after our customers is what we do best.
Please contact our sales team with any queries on 01423 770 666, or visit the Titan website if you would like to be put in touch with a Titan Accredited Installer for an oil storage tank inspection. For more information about tanks and regulations go to: www.titanenv.com