TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR OIL TANK IN TOP SHAPE
Many homes with oil heating have their boilers serviced regularly; however, inspecting the oil tank is something that is easily forgotten. Overlooking this could result in complicated and costly problems, something that no oil customer ever wants to have to deal with. We here at HeatingOilApp.com have compiled some oil tank inspection tips to help you avoid leaks, spills and theft.
- Schedule an annual oil tank inspection by a registered engineer.
- Assess your oil levels frequently, so that you know how much you are consuming and can spot sudden drops that may be the result of a leak or theft. Keeping an eye on your levels will also help to ensure that you don’t run out of oil unexpectedly.
- Check your tank and pipes for any signs of corrosion, oil stains, cracks, or other types of physical damage.
- Check the area around the tank and pipes for any signs of leaks.
- Check your oil tank for any signs of bulging. This can signify a weakness and should be dealt with promptly to prevent further issues.
- If you have a bunded tank, make sure the bund is secure and could contain an oil spill if it had to.
- Remove any trash, leaves, or other outdoor waste from the bund, and check to be sure it is not full of water or oil.
- If you use a tank gauge, check to be sure it is operating properly. For electrical gauges, this may mean checking the batteries or for mechanical gauges, physically moving the parts to be sure it is still working.
- Check the supporting base for your oil tank for signs of damage, cracks, etc.
- Check to be sure that any locks on your tank are still secure, and that there is no rust or difficulty in using a key.
- Inspect any security lighting you may have around the tank to make sure it is still working. Be aware that you may not have seen it operate for a while over the summer when the evenings were lighter.
- Make sure that weeds, shrubs, or trees haven’t grown near the tank and are blocking access. Clear anything away that may be causing obstruction.
- Check that the paths used by your oil company are clear and free of large holes or deep mud which could be hazardous.
- Purchase a spill kit, so that you can deal with any emergency quickly.
- Inspect your oil tank vent to ensure that it is free from any debris, vegetation, or other items that may cause obstruction.
- Be sure you know how to isolate your oil tank and label the valves on your tank, so that it is clear to others.