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The Key Steps Behind Good Oil Tank Maintenance

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A False Sense of Security!
Many people seem to fall short when it comes down to good old-fashioned oil tank maintenance.  Yes, it has become apparent through OFTEC’s service results that surprising amounts of tank owners are in fact neglecting their oil tankers.  This is usually due to the long working lives that these tanks provide (most last around 15 years) which gives owners the false impression that they can just leave them be and everything will be fine, WRONG!  There are in fact several different kinds of problems that can arise from keeping a disregarded oil tank on your property.


Tips to Help Stay on Top!
The main issue when dealing with stored heating oil involves making sure that your tank remains undamaged and safe to use.  Luckily there are a number of simple checks that you can perform in order to ensure that your tank is in fact of sound condition.  For a start you can keep a look out for any types of scratches or cracks that may appear as well as any rust, dents, bulges or discolouration that’s taking place.  Always check for any leakage as this could lead to major problems if not resolved in time.  The most common areas for leaks to occur are around the valves, seams and from the actual pipes themselves.  It is always a good idea to have an oil spill kit at the ready in case situations like this ever happen to arise.

A Clean and Efficient Tank is a Reliable Tank!
It is of great importance to make sure that your oil tank is never filled any more than 80-90% of its full capacity as overfilling can lead to leaks as well as internal damage caused from the pressure.  Alarms and overfill protection devices are excellent safety tools which also provide you with peace of mind.  Just remember to check your alarms regularly to make sure they remain in good working order and to see if any of the batteries need replacing.  It is also crucial that you have clear access to and around your tank at all times, which is why you should never allow plants to grow too close in case they cause obstructions.  Foliage, dirt and water can also get into things like bunds and vents so you should be very careful in checking the external parts of a tank for these types of common blockage.

 

 

Well there you have it, some simple checks to make that could end up saving you a great deal of hassle!  Just remember to keep on top of things and actually take the time to inspect your tankers!  Keep an eye out for the follow up blog to this piece, in which I will be discussing in detail the problems that are caused by the build up of sludge and water inside your oil tanks.  Till next time...



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