Homes using oil for heating – have you checked your heating oil tank recently?

maintaining your oil tankThe two main fossil fuel types of Oil and Natural Gas topped the responses from the 2016 Census as the most used source of central heating by occupied permanent housing units with oil, natural gas and coal being used to heat almost 4 out of 5 Irish homes.

So if you are using kerosene oil for your home heating, have you recently checked your tank?

Maintaining your Heating Oil Tank

Maintaining your heating oil tank is something that homeowners frequently neglect. While they can last many years, eventually they will need to be replaced.  Routine maintenance may also be needed so it’s important to have the condition of your tank monitored as part of the annual service of your heating system.

Most oil tanks have a working life of around 15 years. If your tank is more than 20 years old, it should be replaced.

“A leak from a faulty tank could leave you with a clean-up bill running into many thousands of euros.”

Oil Tank – What to look for

Don’t assume your oil tank is OK.  Check for anything on or around your tank that could indicate a leak is likely to happen, or oil has been lost to the environment, and:

  • Ensure metal tanks are regularly painted with suitable paint.
  • Ensure the tank isn’t over grown with vegetation that would hide its condition.
  • Check the tank base or supports for cracking or subsidence.
  • Supervise your oil delivery.
  • Monitor and become familiar with your normal rate of oil usage.
  • Keep fill points on the tank clear of any obstruction and ensure they are tamper proof.
  • Ensure the tank has a working contents gauge; if this has a valve make sure it’s closed.
  • Check all visible pipework, valves and filters for damage and signs of leaks.
  • Check vegetation around the tank for signs of die-back.

“Failure to install, maintain, or replace your tank may cause a spill, endanger health, devalue your property and damage the environment.”

Dealing with an Oil Spill

If you discover an oil leak, or have a spill, you need to deal with it immediately or it could cause a serious pollution problem.

Take action:

  • If you can safely stop the flow of oil do. If there’s room, put a bucket under the leak and close valves or taps.
  • Use the contents of your spill kit, sandbags or earth to soak up the oil if it’s on a hard surface and stop it entering a river, stream, watercourse, and drains or soaking into the ground.
  • Never wash any spilt oil away into drains, a gully or into the ground. Most drains connect to the nearest watercourse and oil can cause serious pollution of rivers, streams and groundwater.
  • Never use detergents to clean up spilt oil; you could cause a worse pollution incident. The detergent itself is a pollutant and mixes oil into the water.

If you need help, call our Emergency Hotline – 1890 20 10 20

We can respond rapidly to help you with your oil spill problem, with emergency response crews on call 7 days a week.

As the largest oil spill remediation company in Ireland, Verde Remediation Services has experienced teams on hand across the country which include environmental engineers and scientists, as well as remediation field crews who have years of experience in dealing with these oil spill incidents.

You’re in Safe Hands.  This is your first oil spill incident, but our 3,000th!

Our cleanup services include:

  • Oil Spill Clean Up
  • Chemical Spill Clean Up
  • Emergency Response
  • Control Measures
  • Spill Prevention
  • Land Remediation
  • Groundwater Remediation
  • Property Restoration

 I was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly the cleanup process went as I was expecting it to be a lot of hassle. Fortunately, this did not happen due to the excellent manner in which the work by Verde was carried out. Our project manager was brilliant, in fact, all the Verde staff were extremely helpful. MK, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford More Testimonials

Download our “Is Your Oil Tank Winter Ready?” helpful fact sheet here.