Oil tank checks
Why you should have your oil tank checked
Modern oil storage tanks come in all shapes and sizes and can be made from plastic or steel. The size and type that your OFTEC registered technician recommends will depend on your individual requirements. It is recommended that the chosen tank is manufactured to OFTEC Standards (OFS T100 for plastic or OFS T200 for steel).
You may also have heard about ‘bunded’ tanks, these have a secondary containment to provide additional protection for the stored fuel. Typically, installations near a river, well or any controlled water are likely to require bunding to meet building regulations. Your OFTEC registered technician will carry out a risk assessment and advise you accordingly.
Your oil tank should be inspected annually as part of your heating system’s regular service. Oil tanks, like all heating products, have an expected working life of around 20 years, the risk of a costly tank failure increases beyond this time. The tank manufacturer or your servicing technician can advise you on when you should consider replacing your tank.
For more information, read OFTEC’s guide on Oil Storage