If your home or business relies on a supply of oil for heating, it is essential that your oil storage tank is safe and fit-for-purpose. The consequences if it isn’t safe can be seriously damaging to the environment, your home and your finances.
Anyone who stores oil on their premises, whether a home, farm or business, has a duty to ensure it won’t leak. Heating oil can cause serious problems if it gets into the environment. It can pollute rivers, harm wildlife and contaminate the ground and drinking water.
As an oil tank owner, you are responsible for any environmental clean-up costs. Th..
If your home is among the five per cent of UK homes too remote to connect to the mains sewer system, you will need to invest in your own sewage treatment facility.
There are a number of options available, including cesspools and septic tanks, but sewage treatment plants are the preferred option for most homes, farms and businesses.
Sewage treatment plants, also known as package treatment plants, work by creating an environment which encourages bacteria to grow and break down the sewage.
Sewage treatment plants are clean and eco-friendly and may be your only choice if you plan to disch..
Around 1.6 million households in the UK use oil for central heating and hot water, as they aren’t connected to the national gas network. Oil (usually kerosene) is delivered to the property by an oil tanker, then stored on site in a bunded or single skin tank, ready to be transported to the boiler, where the fuel is ignited to provide the heating and hot water.
If you are wondering whether you need a bunded oil tank to store oil for your home or business, perhaps the first question to ask is – what is a bunded oil tank?
A bunded oil tank employs a double layer ‘tank within a tank’ des..
A bunded tank is essentially a tank within a tank, the idea being that if the oil tank is overfilled or splits, the oil that escapes, as a result, will be contained within the outer skin rather than spilling onto the ground and finding it’s way into the water courses. Once it gets into water or drains, the oil will leave your property and be widely dispersed, invariably leading to contamination and resulting in clean up charges which it is likely you will be liable for. The Environment Agency investigate this sort of situation very thoroughly and will trace the oil loss back to its source. In ..
So you have a smart bunded oil tank in your garden which has a 10-year warranty and is relatively maintenance-free, however, once it has been in situ for a couple of years, there are a few things that you can do to avoid any potential problems during bad weather.
Have your boiler serviced before the winter. It is part of the boiler engineer’s checklist to look over the tank, check the filter and to ensure that the isolation valve works. If there is a problem, he can let you know, and you can get an engineer out to repair it for you in plenty of time – and before everyone else has the same i..
Generally, most companies now offer a 10-year warranty with their steel tanks as well as the plastic models but unlike the plastic tanks, there is an element of maintenance that is required to keep them in top condition.
When you buy your bunded steel tank, it will usually be raised slightly on steel channel to keep the base of the tank off the ground. This is to allow the air to circulate underneath it as if the steel was put straight onto the concrete base, it would rot through in no time. This is why historically steel tanks have always been put on piers – and these piers have been reuse..
When your oil tank needs replacing, what size tank do you need to buy?
The first thing to consider is whether the present bunded oil tank size is still relevant. Some old steel tanks that are being replaced are much larger than is generally required. Back in the day, oil was much cheaper, so filling a large tank was not much of an issue; houses were less insulated and boilers less efficient, so more fuel was used just keeping warm. A better way of looking at the situation is to ask yourself how much oil you actually use during the course of a year. If you have an old 600-gallon metal tank (..
If you want to store oil on your property, then you’ll need a purchase an oil tank that allows you to do this safely, responsibly and in line with all current environmental legislation. There is a huge variety of oil tanks on the market today in all different sizes, styles and materials. For that reason, it’s important to do your research and find the most suitable tank that will best fit your specific needs and requirements. To help you choose the best storage tank for your property, here’s everything you need to know about plastic bunded oil tanks.
What is a bunded oil storage tank?
Whether you’re replacing an old oil tank or installing one for the first time, it’s important to choose a quality tank that will ensure your fuel is stored safely. Bunded oil tanks are widely considered to be the securest storage solution available on the market due to their unique tank-within-a-tank construction. This clever design means that any leaked fuel will be safely contained within the outer tank, where it can then be easily removed without causing any environmental harm. It’s important to be aware that even a small oil leak can cause serious damage to the surrounding environment. For..
You can find a huge selection of oil tanks on the market today - from single skin plastic tanks to fully bunded metal tanks. Each style of oil tank has its advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to find the most suitable one that meets your needs and specifications.
Bunded oil tanks are different from other models due to their unique tank-within-a-tank design. All bunded tanks come with a second outer layer that will contain any oil in the event of a leak or spill. For that reason, bunded tanks are generally considered the safest and most secure way to store fuel, while minimising ..