Frequently Asked Questions

How can I check my oil for cracks or leaks?

Check your tank on a regular basis. These are the signs that your tank may be beginning to fail:

  • Cracks- Check for any small or large cracks in the body of your tank.
  • Bulges- check for any changes to the shape of your tank.
  • Smell – If you are able to smell kerosene strongly you may have a tank leak.
  • Stains – If there is any stains or wet patches around your tank this would suggest a leak.
  • Discolouration – if the tank is fading due to sun exposure it may be time to replace your tank
  • Corrosion- In the case of a metal tank, check for corrosion

How long does it take to replace an oil tank?

At present we do not offer this service.

We will deliver your new tank. If there is oil in your old tank we will provide a temporary tank to hold the oil so that your old tank can be removed. You can then set up your new tank and when it is connected to your system we can replace the oil in your tank.

How far must an oil tank be from a house?

Your tank should be 1.8m from your house and 0.76m from your boundary.

Can an oil tank be in my garage?

In some situations, you can site your oil tank in an outhouse or garage. If doing this, the tank should be bunded. The tank must also be self-contained within a 60 minute rated fire chamber. Your garage should have a self-closing door that opens outwards and is openable from the inside without using a key.

Do I need a single skin or a bunded tank?

Single Oil Tanks are suitable for installation only within a suitable masonry bund or at domestic premises which have been deemed not to require a bunded tank, following a risk assessment undertaken in accordance with OFTEC requirements. Even where a single skin oil tank may currently suffice, serious consideration should be given to installing a bunded oil tank in anticipation of future, possible environmental legislation.

Bunded Oil Tanks consist of a ‘tank within a tank’. In the event of a spillage, surplus fuel will be safely contained within the outer bund, reducing the risk of a pollution incident. Bunded oil tanks should be installed at commercial, industrial, institutional, and most domestic/residential installations.