Checking Your Tank Regularly.
No oil tank whether it’s plastic or steel is completely maintenance free!
The oil company tanker driver should do a visual inspection of your oil tank every time before they fill it to ensure it is fit to be filled and also your heating engineer should check it annually as part of the boiler service, but what do you need to look for and check?
Plastic Oil Tank Check
Look for any cracks in your tank but also any discolouration and bulges.
Steel Oil Tank Check
Check for rust and any sweat marks on your oil tank, touch your oil tank in any areas you are unsure of and smell your fingers, if you can smell any oil you might need to get your oil tank looked at. If you can smell oil on your fingers, it may indicate that your tank is starting to reach the end of its life, but steel oil tanks can sweat for quite a long time don’t panic! But it does need sorting.
Check your pipework
Look out for any brown patches of grass where your oil line could be, look out for any oil on the floor and see if you can smell oil around your tank, these could all be signs that your oil tank or pipework is leaking.
If you have a bund, check your bund doesn’t have any oil in it. If it’s a bunded oil tank, you should have access into the bund from the top of your oil tank, so it’s as well trying to dip it with something just to check. If it’s a single skin tank in an open bund check the open bund is holding water and if need be, get it emptied by a licensed contractor. If it’s not holding water you need to do something about it – if it’s not holding water, it won’t hold oil and if your tank was to leak, so is a complete waste of time!
Ensure any foliage around your oil tank is kept trimmed well back so you can see all around it.
Dip your oil tank for water
We sell special water finding paste you can paint onto the bottom of a stick. As water is heavier than oil, any water in your tank should sink to the bottom and the paste on the bottom of a stick should change colour if there is any water present.
If you do find any water in the bottom of your oil tank, you should try and get this removed as soon as possible because it could freeze and expand and close your oil line off in really cold water, just when you need your heating the most! If this does happen you will be as well contacting a specialist in oil tanks, give us a call on 01772 338892 as we have contacts with many of our counter parts up and down the country.
As a quick fix, if there is only a small amount of water in the bottom of your oil tank you could use a tank sponge which removes a small amount of water from the bottom of your oil tank.
If you find water it is as well checking all the seals and sockets on the top of your oil tank as they can start to fail or you might have a lid missing. We can help you with any replacement parts or fittings for your oil tank, give us a ring and we will be happy to help.
Taking the time now to check your oil tank could potentially save you a lot of time and trouble in the future.
Our helpful, knowledgeable staff are on hand to help. Give us a call on 01772 338892, we have many years of experience and all we do is oil tanks.