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Oil tank removals and installations – domestic servicing

Oil tank removals and replacements for home heating are at the core of our skills.  We are experts at removing 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 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.

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 tank within both environmental code and best practices.
  • pressure testing the old oil pipe (if required for re-use)
  • 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.
  • bleeding the oil pipes, priming the appliances and testing.
  • 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 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 own fire rating that is built into the tank.  This makes them suitable for locations where the above regulations would otherwise apply.

Regulators for oil storage

The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) is the trade association for the oil distribution industry in the UK and Republic of Ireland.  It publishes some very 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 home owner’s responsibilities when removing an oil tank.

Health and safety of our installers

The health and safety of our teams and our clients are always at the forefront of our minds.   In addition to being certified with CHAS who ensure our health and safety exceeds standards, all our staff regularly go through rigorous courses and retraining.

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Tank Cleaning

We also offer domestic oil tank cleaning services. We can remove sludge from the bottom of fuel and oil tanks.
The process for fuel tank cleaning is relatively simple. Firstly, we pump out the healthy fuel from the tank into a temporary tank whilst we remove the dirt.  We then give the inside of the tank a good wipe around to remove any residual muck.

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Underground Tank Installations

Do you feel your garden deserves better than having a big green eyesore in it? Then we’ve got good news. We have the ability to install underground fuel tanks.  Underground tanks keep all the ugly fuel storage and fittings out of sight leaving you to attend to your flowers in peace and enjoy your garden.

Underground oil storage tanks for domestic heating oil have several advantages over an above ground installation. Space saving is the most obvious advantage, but fire risk and security are other major benefits. They only leave a manhole cover in view so they are kept neatly out of sight. Typically a domestic size tank will be installed in the garden, either 1400L or 2500L capacity available.

When it comes to below ground tanks we install double skin, bunded Harlequin tanks. Manufactured from a medium density polyethene inner tank and an independent fibreglass outer skin, these tanks are constructed with secondary containment, therefore achieving the highest levels of environmental protection for complete peace of mind.

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