In line with Building Regulations and OFTEC guidance, tanks under 3,500 litres in size should not be situated within 2.5 feet of a boundary. This must be a clear air space,
If the above requirements are proving challenging to meet – please refer to the guidance above in How Close To My House Can I Install My Oil Tank.
We would strongly advise that further guidance from a professional body is sort.
It is possible to install a tank within garages but generally this is not advisable but, in some cases, unavoidable but would need to comply as above. Due to the fumes which can be emitted, it is not advisable to be in a living space.
The OFTEC regulations with have a capacity below 3,500 litres have a minimum requirement to be fitted a distance of at least 1.8m away from non-fire compliant walls or outlets.
In some cases, due to space limitations, this is unable to be practical and there are further solutions available which include the installation of a fire wall which will provide a minimum of 30 minutes of fire resistance. The standard which relates to this is the BS5410: Part 1:1997. When installing the wall it should be a minimum of 12 inches longer from the tank extremities.
In the event of a dripping tank then you should, in the first instance, contain it with use of a bucket to capture drops. You should then contact us at www.replacemytank.co.uk where we will help and advise you of your options.
In the event of a catastrophic full split, you should contact us instantly and we will seek to source an interim solution as well as advising in the clean-up and beyond.
There is a risk of condensation in any external or internal tank due to the tank becoming warmer during the day and cooling down during the evening.
Water can cause challenges within the heating system and should be checked for on a regular basis – particularly during the autumn and spring months when temperature variation is at its greatest.
Oil sits on top of water and therefore by dipping the tank you will be able to establish the level within = it should always be below the outlet for the fuel otherwise you will be pulling it into the boiler within the building. This could cause broader damage to the system and prove costly.
There are products available which we can supply which either bond the water to the oil or make the presence more visible.
There are many OFTEC approved installers throughout the UK and www.replacemytank.co.uk would always recommend that you should follow this course of action.
We have a nationwide network of approved installers throughout the country and would be happy to provide a bone fide quotation from an approved installed.
Please note that every job is different and therefore each installation is of a bespoke nature and will be viewed before final quotation.
A bunded oil tank is a combination of a tank installed inside another tank. The purposes of this is to ensure that any spillages are contained within the outer tank which has a minimum additional capacity of the inner tank +10%.
It is strongly advised that bunded tanks are installed at ALL premises, but it is a legal requirement for those which are to be installed at either commercial or industry based premises. Many domestic properties are situated in very rural areas and the costs of clean ups and remediation can be more than £50,000 per spill –
In the older days when tanks were initially manufactured, they were very often steel based and single skinned with a susceptibility to rusting and leaking after approximately 3-5 years causing environmental damage.
It is worth noting that many insurance policies do not cover spillages – particularly if the tank is in a state of disrepair.
There is a professional body which can be consulted if you are unsure as to your requirements or if you wish to confirm your choice or the advice which we are able to provide.
The professional body is called OFTEC (The Oil Firing Technical Organisation) and they can be found at www.oftec.org.uk . They can also advise, as we can we, as to the building and installation regulations.
There are a number of types of tank which can be provided from single skin to steel to bunded tanks or double skinned.
The tanks supplied by www.Replacemytank.co.uk are predominantly manufactured from MDPE which is a Medium Density Polyethylene material. However, tanks can also be supplied in a steel material.
Before purchasing a tank of any sort there are several considerations which should be taken into account.
For example: What are you storing within it? What size do you require? How often do you want it to be filled?
There are a wide variety of tanks available including:
- Ad Blue
- Coal Bunkering
Certain tanks will require different considerations to meet compliance requirements – most specifically heating Oil Tanks which need to be compliant with the building regulations.