Is it time to check your heating oil storage tank?
If you are one of the 1.5 million homes in the UK using kerosene as an efficient and cost-effective way of heating your home, providing
hot water or fuelling your oil range cooker, it has never been more important
to check your oil tank.
Heating oil can cause serious problems if lost to the
environment. It can pollute rivers, harm wildlife and contaminate ground and
The clean-up costs could also be large and are not always
covered by household insurance policies.
That is why it is recommended that you check your home
heating oil tank is in good working order at least once a month, and each time
before placing an order. With warmer weather upon us, why not take this
opportunity to give your heating oil tank a once over.
sure that your heating oil tank and the area giving access to it is not
becoming overgrown with vegetation and is clear of rubbish and clutter. Not
only will your delivery driver need clear access to make your heating oil
delivery, but he will also need to make a visual inspection to ensure the tank
is fit for purpose and can safely hold its contents.
the heating oil tank and surrounding area are clear, check the tank’s base or
supports for cracking or subsidence. Your heating oil tank should be based on a
solid, level surface that will support its weight when full. Also, think about
how the delivery driver will fill your tank - if he must use a ladder, is there
a solid surface that is big enough to safely place the ladder on?
all visible pipework, valves and filters for damage and signs of leaks, such as
dampness or staining, especially around joints.
vegetation for signs of dieback, this is a good indication that heating oil has
been lost to the environment.
your heating oil tank is plastic, look for any whitening, cracking, splits or
a metal tank, you should check for signs of rust, blistering of paint and oil
dampness on the joints.
If you see anything you are worried about or anything that
has changed since you last looked, you should take advice from a qualified oil
heating professional. Our customer service
team will happily recommend someone in your area.
If your home heating oil usage suddenly increases
unexpectedly, you should check your tank and pipework immediately for leaks. To
report an oil spill or leak, contact the Environment Agency’s
hotline on 0800 807060.
If your tank needs a top-up of heating oil, click here for a quote today.