If you happen to move into a property with a heating oil tank you may find yourself asking the question, ‘what shall I do with the home heating oil tank?’
You have options available to you in that you could either replace the heating oil tank with a brand new one for complete piece of mind or have the tank checked by an OFTEC qualified engineer. The engineer will then do a full safety check of the lines, breathing holes and check for any potential cracks or leakages to establish whether it is safe to use or not.
You can search for an expert under ‘Environmental and Ecological services’ or by going on to the OFTEC website. This will list local and national firms that will be able to send an engineer to check the domestic heating oil tank. Make sure you ring several companies for quotes because the costs can vary widely for a job of such a nature. If the engineer discovers a problem with the tank then they will be able to either fix it there and then or recommend a suitable solution.
With both underground and aboveground tanks if you see any signs of oil leaking (stained soil etc) you should report it immediately to you local heating oil supplier or local authority and state the problem specifically. Oil is toxic, will harm animals and plants, it puts wildlife habitats under threat and will cause danger to water at the surface and underground.
Heating Oil is a great way to heat your family home. Choosing the right heating oil supplier is an important factor though; check that they are reliable by asking for customer testimonials, how long have they been established for and whether they are an independent supplier.