Installing a home heating oil tank

Home heating oil needs to be stored correctly on your property, but what are the important considerations when installing a home heating oil tank? And how can you be sure to get this right?

What are the important considerations when installing a home heating oil tank?

There are a number of important considerations to take into account when installing a home heating oil tank. These include:

  • The type of tank
  • The positioning of the heating oil tank

Choosing the right type of tank for home heating oil

There are different types of tank available for home heating oil, and these include:

  • Integrally Bunded – these have a secondary containment system, known as a ‘bund,’ built in as an additional safety feature and offering a secondary level of protection if the primary containment system leaks.
  • Double-Skinned – these have two layers of protection against leaks and can usually hold more oil, although they are more expensive.
  • Single Skin – A single-skin tank has only one layer of protection. They are not as common anymore as, although they are less expensive than the alternatives, they are also more likely to leak than other types and are subject to strict regulations.
  • Underground – As the name suggests, these tanks are buried underground. They are more expensive than aboveground tanks but have a number of benefits, including being less likely to leak.

Here at Compass Fuel Oils, we recommend choosing an integrally bunded tank as they are designed to prevent leaks and are the most secure option for your oil.

Positioning the home heating oil tank

When installing a home heating oil tank it is important to determine the best location for it. Consider factors such as the proximity to the furnace or boiler, the availability of electrical outlets, and the distance from any potential hazards (e.g., windows, doors). The tank should also be placed on a level surface and away from any sources of heat or ignition. The legal guidelines say that an oil tank should:

  • Be at least 1.8 metres away from the windows and doors of fire-rated buildings.
  • Be at least 1.8 metres away from non-fire rated structures such as garden chairs.
  • Use a suitable base constructed of concrete or stone to be placed on if it is going to be located near water.

It is best to discuss the individual requirements of location with a professional team like us here at Compass Fuel Oils, to ensure that the safest option has been implemented.

Maintenance for your home heating oil tank

It is important to regularly maintain your home heating oil tank to ensure that it is functioning properly and safely. This may involve cleaning the tank and replacing the fuel filters, as well as checking the fuel lines and electrical connections. It is also a good idea to have the tank inspected annually to ensure that it is in good working condition.

Here at Compass Fuel Oils, we are leading home heating oil and red diesel providers. We work with homes and businesses across the UK, with reliable, high quality delivery options. So, for all your fuel needs, you can count on us. Why not get in touch today?