As the weather starts to get colder with the end of Summer and the start of the heating season approaches now is a good time to check your oil storage tank. It is still important to check your oil tank regularly and carry out any necessary maintenance to ensure that your tank is in the best condition and ready for your next oil delivery. With this in mind, here are some key steps you should take to maintain your oil tank ready for Winter.
Keep your tank up to date
The first step to maintaining your tank is to ensure that it meets all current regulations with regards to oil storage. This includes tank inspection for above ground tanks, testing of underground tanks, and reports of leaks or spills. You should also consider upgrading to a fully bunded plastic oil tank if you don’t already have one. Bunded oil tanks have a design that offers a higher level of safety and security. In the event of a leak or spill, any oil would be safely contained within the tanks ‘outer skin’ to prevent it from escaping into the environment and causing pollution. Most bunded tanks are also lockable to increase your tank security. Upgrading to a bunded tank will give you peace of mind knowing that your oil is stored responsibly and in line with all current legislation.
Consider refilling your tank
Refilling your tank at the end of the Summer and before the main heating season offers a number of great benefits such as:
- You can take advantage of off-season fuel prices and enjoy quick delivery. Fuel prices are lower in summer as the majority of people purchase fuel in the autumn and winter months in preparation for the colder season.
- You will be prepared to heat your home as soon as the weather starts to get colder.
- Having a full tank helps to prevent condensation which can lead to sludge build-up and tank corrosion.
Book an annual maintenance checkup
It is important to schedule an annual maintenance checkup in summer. Your local oil tank technician will check your tank thoroughly and make sure there are no issues with your system. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your tank will remain in good condition over summer. An annual maintenance checkup has a number of additional benefits such as - ensuring that your tank warranty is valid and extending the lifespan of your tank.
Check for signs of damage
It is crucial that you inspect your tank regularly for any signs of damage such as cracks or splits. You should also check for any signs of vandalism or other wear and tear like rust forming on the legs of the tank. If you notice any warning signs, then make sure you take action straight away to prevent these from turning into major issues. Inspecting your tank regularly is a quick and effective way to prevent serious damage to your tank, along with leaks that could result in severe pollution and environmental harm.
Check pipe fittings
As part of inspecting your tank, you should also check that your fittings are secure and in good condition. If you notice any issues, then you should consider repairing or replacing the fittings and pipes. Keep in mind that sludge can build up in old filters leading to blockages in pipes. It is therefore crucial that you inspect your oil pipework to check for any issues.
Get a heating system maintenance plan
You can easily avoid the cost of repairs and tank replacement by getting a heating system maintenance plan. These typically include routine inspections that check for any issues, prevent breakdowns, and improve heating system efficiency. Having a heating system maintenance plan in place will extend the lifespan of your heating system and ensure that your oil tank continues running in excellent condition.
A damaged tank can result in huge costs for repairs, replacement, and even hefty fines for leaks. Keep in mind that even a small oil leak can cause serious damage to the surrounding environment. It is therefore essential that you properly maintain your oil tank, to ensure that your fuel is stored safely and securely at all times. Follow these key steps to ensure that your oil tank remains in top condition and ready for Winter.