Oil Tank Replacement, Installations and Removals
Oil Tank Replacement, Installations & Removal
Oil tank removals and replacements for home heating are at the core of our skills. We are experts at replacing, installing and removing redundant oil tanks that fuel oil-fired appliances such as boilers, AGAs and Rayburns. Our friendly teams of OFTEC certified (Oil Firing Technical Association) engineers perform our decommissioning and fuel tank removal work professionally.
Our teams are experienced, trained and fully insured for domestic and commercial installation work. With over 17 years’ experience our tank removal services are second to none.
The areas we cover for domestic tank replacement services
Based in Wiltshire, we cover the whole county and nearby Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset. We are happy travelling from the south in Salisbury, Amesbury, Tisbury across to Warminster, Trowbridge, Melksham, Westbury and Devizes.
Oil tank replacement coverage extends up to Chippenham, Swindon, Marlborough, Calne and Malmesbury in the north.
In Somerset, we cover many areas, including Crewkerne, Yeovil, Milborne Port across to Wincanton, Somerton, Langport, Castle Cary, Bruton and Glastonbury in the middle all the way up to Cheddar, Wells, Shepton Mallet, Frome and Norton St Philip in the north.
We have great access to serve the whole Dorset area, including all the major towns and villages such as Dorchester, Weymouth, Bridport and Poole in the south of the county, Sherborne, Blandford and Sturminster Newton in mid-county, up across the north of the county, including Shaftesbury and Gillingham.
We also cover Hampshire for our oil tank replacement and removal services, towns we work in include Andover, Southampton, Portsmouth, all of the New Forest, and villages around Winchester and Basingstoke.
Oil Tank Replacement Procedure
The procedures for removing domestic heating oil tanks and commercially sized tanks are essentially the same.
Typically, after the initial free assessment of the current oil tank installation, we’ll check your garden for access and perform an environmental risk assessment for oil storage. Then, we will present a solution that will comply with current building regulations, oil storage regulations and OFTEC guidelines. Lastly, after your agreement with the quotation cost and on your instruction, we will start the oil tank removal and replacement by:
- Pumping out your existing oil to our safe holding tank.
- Disconnecting, removing and recycling the old redundant tank within environmental code and best practices.
- Constructing a base suitable for the new tank.
- Installing the oil tank replacement and connecting to the oil feed pipe.
- Transferring oil out of the holding tank into the new installation.
- Issuing an OFTEC CD10 completion report and registering the work with OFTEC, who will issue a Certificate of Conformity to you.
Oil Storage Installation Regulations
OFTEC provides a checklist for the installation of oil storage that states a bunded tank is required when the tank:
- is in Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man
- was installed in Wales from 15 March 2016
- has a capacity of over 2500 litres
- is within 10 metres of controlled water
- is located where a spillage could run into an open drain or to a loose-fitting manhole cover
- is within 50 metres of a borehole or spring
- is over hard ground or hard-surfaced ground that could enable spillage run-off to reach controlled water
- is located in a position where the vent pipe outlet is not visible from the fill point
- is supplying heating oil to a building other than a single-family dwelling
- is located within an England ‘Groundwater Source Protection Zone 1’
- is subject to any other potential hazard individual to the site
An oil tank located in a flood risk area or an area exposed to high winds will require a tank restraint. This prevents the risk of tank tipping and causing damage to itself and potentially leaking oil.
Fire Protection for Oil Tank Installations
Fire risks are also an important concern of ours when we install any fuel storage tanks. Oil tanks need fire protection if the install matches any of OFTEC’s fire hazard checklist, where the oil tank is located on or within:
- 1.8 metres of a non-fire rated building or structure (less than 30 minutes of fire protection)
- 760 mm of a non-fire rated boundary (less than 30 minutes of fire protection)
- 1.8 metres of non-fire rated eaves (less than 30 minutes of fire protection). That’s 1.8 metres from the part of a roof that meets or overhangs the wall of a building
- 1.8 metres of a construction opening in a building i.e. a door or window
- 1.8 metres of a flue termination i.e. an exhaust duct, pipe or opening in a chimney from a burner appliance or fireplace
- a base which does not extend to a minimum of 300 mm around all sides of the tank
Tuffa fire-protected oil tanks provide their fire rating built into the tank. This makes them suitable for locations where the above regulations would otherwise be difficult to apply.
Oil Storage Regulations
The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) is the trade association for the oil distribution industry in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It publishes useful information for oil tank installation and the safe storage of fuel oils.
The UK Government website also has information on the oil storage regulations and the owner’s responsibilities when removing an oil tank.
Health and safety of our installers
Our engineer's and client's health and safety are always at the forefront of our minds. In addition to being certified with CHAS, which ensures our health and safety exceed standards, all our staff regularly go through rigorous courses, training and qualification..