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When Should You Invest In A New Oil Tank?


Your oil engineer should inform you as to your tanks condition during his annual service visit, it’s an important part of his inspection. Though the cost of replacing an oil tank can cost over £1,000, this is a small amount when compared to the cost of an oil spillage or you and your families safety.

Costs associated with an oil spillage include:

  • Emergency call-out
  • New tank installation
  • Clear up of oil spillage
  • Damage to neighbourly relations
  • Time spent without heating/hot water (upset family members)
  • Damage to garden


A few signs to look out for are:

  • Rusting (on metal tanks)
  • Overhanging of plastic tank
  • Tank located near flammable materials/road/heating flues


In short, if your tank needs replacing, look to do it sooner rather than later.

Five Things You Can Do To Protect Your Heating Oil From Theft

residential-fuel-tankLocal police authorities have been encouraging owners of oil heating systems to hide their oil storage tanks behind fencing and hedges. Whilst I despise the theft of oil from a persons property, it needs to be noted that erecting a timber fence or trellis goes against OFTEC advice when it comes to protecting your tank from fire.

When erecting a fence or trellis or anything that is intended to hide your oil from unscrupulous so-and-so’s please take into account OFTEC’s  advice, it’s there for a reason.

It’s a dog eat dog world and if someone wants your oil, they will have it. The best thing you can do is make your oil less attractive than others;

  • Site the tank in a position away from sight of the road
  • Add a padlock
  • Add a tank alarm
  • Close gates e.t.c.
  • Go as far as to install CCTV in the area if possible.


Read more on the latest advice from the Suffolk Constabulary.