FAQS about Oil Tanks
1. What is a risk assessment form?
A risk assessment form helps to identify several issues that must that must be complied with. It is simply a yes/no questionnaire; if a “yes” is answered then that hazarded must be dealt with.
Whoever you get to quote for the work this form MUST be filled out and you should get a copy.
should you have an illegal tank installation you could have major issues with your insurance company and any future potential sale of your property.
2. What types of tanks to you install?
Click here to find out about our range of tanks…
3. How long will it take to replace my oil tank?
Normally a tank change takes about five hours.
4. Why is there only a mobile number to contact?
We are always on the move (working!) and we do not have the luxury of a office with a secretary (hence our prices reflect this) and therefore it is best to call us on our mobile contact number.
5. Do I need to wait for my oil tank to be empty before you can replace it?
No we can pump out and hold over one thousand litres in a holding tank and then, when your new tank is installed, we can transfer the oil into it.
6. Can you install my new tank in a different position?
Yes we can, but it has to be conditional to the strict regulations and the distance from the tanker delivery point must be considered. It might also be that you original tank position does not fall now within the regulations and therefore a new location will need to be considered.
7. Will you take my old tank away on completion?
Yes. We take your tank away whether a metal or plastic one.
8. Where can I find a copy of the Oil Storage regulations?
The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001, are available from the government website Oil storage regulations.
9. Who are OFTEC?
OFTEC is Oil Firing Technical Association for the Petroleum Industry. They were launched in April 1991 to construct a framework within which oil firing in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland could operate with a greater degree of technical expertise and efficiency. One of their first priorities was to set up a system of training and registration for technicians engaged in commissioning, servicing, installation and plant operation with oil firing equipment. The scope of the scheme has since been extended to cover technicians engaged in oil delivery.
10. Where can I find installation advice?
OFTEC publish ‘Easy Guides’ which can be downloaded from their website or a direct link here http://www.oftec.co.uk/consumers/consumer-home-guides
11. Can I fit the tank myself?
Oil tanks really need to be installed by a person who knows what to do, if you do not use an OFTEC registered installer you will have to contact your local building control.
12. Can I install a tank in a building, garage or shed?
Internal oil storage tanks mustn’t be installed in a lived in area, and must always be contained within an enclosed chamber.
13. What’s an Oil loop such as a ‘Tiger Loop’?
An oil loop is a de-aerator that helps remove any air or gas bubbles from the oil pipe.
14. What’s a remote acting fire valve?
A remote acting fire valve is a safety device required by building regulations. The purpose of the valve is to monitor the temperature of the appliance and isolate the oil supply in the event of a fire or significant rise in temperature due to a fault.
If one is not fitted and the boiler catches fire your insurance company may not pay out.
15. I’ve got water in my oil, what can I do?
Contact an OFTEC engineer…. Give me a ring. We draw off as much water as possible from the bottom of the tank using a vacuum pump and then we dip the oil tank with a water detection paste to test if we’ve removed it all. Read more about water in oil tanks…
16. I want to transport some diesel between sites, what tank do I need?
Give me a ring. You need to use a UN approved container often referred to as an IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container). Depending on how much diesel you have you may need to display orange plates and have safety equipment.
17. What is the process to install a new Oil Tank?
- Transfer the remaining oil in your existing tank to our holding tank.
- Next we remove your old oil tank.
- We install your new tank on either a new base or existing base.
- We reconnect the oil supply pipe and transfer the oil to new tank.
- Finally we make sure your boiler is running for at least 20 minutes.
- We have a good tidy up before driving off with your old tank.