Are you thinking of having an oil tank installed on your property? It’s important to know exactly what you are getting and what you should expect. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions on oil storage tanks.
What is a ‘bunded’ oil tank?
A bund is any sort of containment system that prevents fuel from escaping from the tank. A bunded oil tank is a tank that has two skins. The first skin contains the oil, then the secondary skin is used as a safeguard against the risk of oil spillage as well as to protect the oil against the risk of bad weather. It is advisable that all tanks should be bunded to reduce the risk of oil leaking into the environment, so if you are buying a single skin tank you would need to create a bund on your property.
Are there any restrictions on where I can place my tank?
Yes, your oil tank should be situated no less than 1.8 metres away from a building, at least 0.76 metres away from non-fire resistance boundaries (such as a wooden fence) and at least 0.6 metres away from other screening such as foliage that does not form a boundary.
Which material is best for oil tanks?
You can buy oil tanks in either plastic or steel, each have their own advantages and disadvantages and it will come down to your specific needs as to which one is best. Steel tanks are generally more secure while plastic tanks may be easier to manoeuvre when you have them installed.
Are oil tanks suitable for residential properties?
Yes. There is a misconception that oil tanks are only used on industrial properties or in an agricultural setting but they are becoming increasingly popular at private residences as well. Domestic oil tanks can provide your home with oil to mean you don’t have to depend on external sources.
Does an oil tank require maintenance and servicing?
You should make sure that your oil tank is serviced and has regular maintenance carried out on it. The cost of maintenance will be nothing compared to the price that you’ll need to pay to deal with your oil tank once it has broken. Repairs or replacements can be extremely costly, so it’s worth having your oil tank checked over on a regular basis.
If you are interested in an oil tank installation, give us a call today on 01903 856403.