Oil Tank FAQs

What Do I Need To Know Before Buying An Oil Tank?
If you are considering purchasing a heating oil tank, you may want to consult OFTEC (The Oil Firing Technical Association), for which is the professional body responsible for advising on and directing activity within the heating oil tank industry The OFTEC website has a wide range of informative and educational information on heating oil tank installations.

As a general overview, heating oil tanks can be made from a variety of materials and can consist of a variety of designs. Some tanks are made from plastic, some from steel. Furthermore, some tanks are single skin, whereas other are bunded, or double skinned tanks.

Tanks R Us plastic oil tanks are made from a medium density polyethylene (MDPE). Materials and components used in the manufacture these tanks are resistant to any damaging effects of the liquids they are designed to contain.

What Is A Bunded Oil Tank?

bunded oil tank consists of a ‘tank within a tank’ design. Fuel is held within the inner tank, while the outer tank acts as a protective shell, meaning that in the event of an oil spill, your heating oil will gather in the outer tank, preventing it from leaking into the surrounding environments and therefore avoiding a costly environmental clean-up operation.

Bunded oil tanks are a legal requirement at commercial and industrial premises. They are also a legal requirement in the Channel Islands and at most domestic installations in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

The difference between a bunded tank and an older style single skin tank, is that the single skin tank does not provide any secondary containment features meaning that in the event of a tank split or tank failure, your heating oil will leak into the surrounding areas. Most insurance policies will not cover the policy holder for an oil spill, therefore it is important to protect your property and surroundings from an environmental clean-up.

How Do I Install An Oil Tank?

Oil tanks should always be installed by a qualified and accredited tank technician. Ideally, your oil tank installer should be OFTEC registered and licensed.

Tanks R Us are a division of W H Dale who are OFTEC accredited and licensed tank installers. For a free tank installation quote, contact us on 01469 531229, or use our contact form to send us an email.

What Should I Do If There Is Water In My Oil Tank?

Water can form in any heating oil tank. It occurs as a result of the tank warming up during the day and then cooling at night. In single skin oil tanks it will collect in the base of the tank; in bunded oil tanks it may additionally collect between the inner and outer tanks.

Oil tanks should be inspected annually for the presence of water found to be present either inside the oil tank or in the case of bunded oil tanks, between the inner and outer tank. Failure to remove any condensation may result in fuel contamination and can cause irreparable damage.

What Should I Do If My Oil Tank Has Split?

If you notice a split or any distortion in the shape of your oil tank, you should contact us immediately.

If you own a single skin oil tank, a tank split can cause tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage – something which your insurer may not cover you for. For this reason, any concerns which you have about your oil tank should be addressed without hesitation.

There are rarely instances in which oil tank splits should be repaired. Damage to the integrity of your oil tank poses a significant environmental risk and for that reason, you should always carefully consider replacing your tank in such instances.

How Close To My House Can I Install My Oil Tank?

Oil tanks with a capacity of 3,500 litres or less should be fitted at least 1.8 metres from non-fire rated walls or from flu outlets.

If a clearance space of 1.8 metres is not possible, protection measures stated in British Standard BS 5410: Part 1: 1997 must be provided by introducing a 30 minute fire-resistant wall. The fire wall must extend at least 300mm above the end points of the oil tank. When installing an oil tank, any exposed eaves which form part of a roof within 1.8 metres of the top of an oil storage tank must have a 30 minute fire resistant wall installed. Cladding can also be applied to prevent a fire from spreading to the roof.

Can I Install An Oil Tank Indoors?

Oil tanks should never be installed within enclosed, inhabited spaces. Oil tanks may be installed in specialist enclosures, which have been purpose designed and built for such requirements.

How Close To A Boundary Can I Place My Oil Tank?

Tanks below 3,500 litres in capacity should not be placed within 760mm of a boundary such as a fence. This distance assumes that there are no flu outlets or buildings between the tank and the boundary. Where these clearances cannot be achieved, the protection measures noted in British Standard BS 5410: Part 1: 1997 must be provided, by means of a 30 minutes fire-resistant wall, which extends at least 300mm above the end points of the tank.

Are Tanks R Us Oil Tanks OFTEC Licensed?

Yes, Tanks R Us only supply oil tanks which meet and exceed industry standards. All Tanks R Us oil tanks have OFTEC licenses, meaning each one has gone through a rigorous testing process, conducted by industry body OFTEC.

I'm Concerned About Oil Theft - What Can I Do?

There are many ways in which you can protect your heating oil. For a start, you can ensure that your oil tank is installed and situated as much out of sight as possible. This means having it installed in a location within your garden which is not directly visible from the road or other areas surrounding your property.

In addition, you should always secure your oil tank with a specialist oil tank padlock or similar tank security device. Padlocks are a cheap and simple way to secure your tank. Installing a tank alarm will ensure that thieves are distracted by a loud and attention-grabbing alarm sound. A Spinsecure tank lock can also be fitted to your oil tank, which means that the access point to your oil tank consists of a tap-type device, which is almost impossible to break or hack.

Diesel Tank FAQs

What Is A Diesel Dispensing Tank?

A diesel dispensing tank is a steel or plastic, bunded tank, designed for the purpose of storing and dispensing diesel fuel. Diesel dispensing tanks are manufactured with a range of accessories, such as a fuel pumpfuel hosedispensing nozzle with automatic shut-off, flow metervent and lockable equipment access.

Can I Store Kerosene Or Petrol In A Diesel Dispensing Tank?

No, Diesel dispensing tanks should only be used to store and dispense diesel.

How Secure Are Diesel Dispensing Tanks?

All Tanks R Us steel or plastic diesel dispensing tanks are bunded meaning they have been designed to incorporate a ‘tank within a tank’ design. This protects your valuable fuel in the event of a tank split.

Furthermore, our diesel dispensing tanks are supplied with metal spigots, adjacent to the diesel tank’s access door, which are capable of accommodating a secure padlock.

Advanced diesel dispensing tank models can be supplied with fuel management systems, which mean that even in the event of a thief gaining access to the fuel cabinet, diesel cannot be dispensed without unique access keys to activate the fuel pump.

What Do I Do If I Find Water In My Diesel Tank?

The presence of water within your diesel tank and indeed, within your diesel, is common. This builds up as a result of climate changes which occur over time. Tanks R Us are able to remove any water from your fuel. Simply contact us to arrange a visit from one of our technicians

You can also take preventative measures in reducing or eradicating the presence of water in your diesel tank or your fuel. A Cim-Tek tank dryer, which is made from fabric and sits within your diesel tank, can collect water over time. Simply check and replace it regularly to keep water levels at a minimum.

Furthermore, purchasing a water filter with your diesel tank will ensure that even if water is present in your diesel tank, it will not filter through to your vehicles fuel tank. We strongly recommend purchasing a water and particulate filter with all diesel tanks by way of protecting your vehicles from damage.

Do Diesel Dispensing Tanks Require Power?

Yes, A standard 13 amp, single phase mains power supply is required to operate diesel dispensing tanks. All mains electrical installation work should be carried out by a qualified and accredited technician and should never be carried out by unqualified persons. Mains electrical installations should also be inspected on a regular basis, in line with relevant regulations.

AdBlue Tank FAQs

What Is AdBlue?

AdBlue is the trading name for AUS32 (Aqueous Urea Solution 32.5%). It is a liquid, which is injected into exhaust gases of modern diesel engines, as part of a post-combustion cycle. AdBlue reduces the volume of harmful NOx (Nitrous Oxides) in vehicle emissions, therefore reducing the negative environmental impacts of vehicle emissions. The chemical reaction which AdBlue is required for, takes place within a special piece of equipment called an SCR. The requirements to reduce vehicles harmful emissions (pollutants) are specified in European legislation – Euro 4, 5 and 6.

In order to reach the reduced levels of pollutants as defined within current and future European legislation, vehicle manufacturers are now required to incorporate either SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) or EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) technology. The use of AdBlue has increased significantly as a result of frequently updated European legislation, which require its use in manufacturing and in commercial fleet activity.

What Is SCR?

SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology is required in vehicles which will carry an AdBlue storage tank in addition to the standard fuel tank. The SCR technology is responsible for creating a process whereby AdBlue is transferred from the storage tank and injected under pressure into the exhaust gases, where a series of chemical reactions take place to eventually reduce noxious exhaust emissions.

What Regulations Apply To The Storage Of AdBlue?

The European regulations surrounding the use of AdBlue are frequently changing. However, at present, the relevant regulations applicable within the UK are:

  • ISO22241-1 Standard for AUS32
  • ISO22241-2 Standard for Quality Testing of AdBlue
  • ISO22241-3 Standard for Handling, Transportation and Storage of AdBlue

All Tanks R Us AdBlue tanks are fully compliant with the above regulations.

What Is Required To Store AdBlue?

AdBlue is extremely susceptible to contamination. It is therefore of paramount importance that it is stored in a containment system which protects it from such threats and which maintains the quality and integrity of AdBlue at optimal levels. The de-ionised elements of AdBlue can draw ions from the materials in which it is stored. This can change the chemical composition of the AdBlue and causes salts to form, which in turn clog the ceramic head on the SCR. A common cause of premature SCR failures is incorrect storage conditions and materials used in storing AdBlue. Inert materials should always be used to store AdBlue.

Tanks R Us AdBlue tanks are all fully compliant with AdBlue storage guidelines and regulations.

Waste Oil Tank FAQs

What Is A Waste Oil Tank?

Waste oil tanks are either steel or plastic designed for the specialist storage of commercial and industrial waste oils and lubricants. Each Tanks R Us waste oil tank is supplied with integral bunding (double skin), large capacity tundish and removable strainer as standard. Each tank is also fully compliant with all relevant waste oil storage regulations.

What Regulations Do Your Waste Oil Tanks Comply With?

All Tanks R Us storage tank products are compliant with UK and/or European storage regulations, specific to each liquid or fuel type.

Waste oil tanks are compliant with the following regulations and/or guidelines:

  • Water Environment (Oil Storage)(Scotland) Regulations 2006
  • Environmental Alliance PPG2
  • Control of Pollution (Oil Storage)(England) (Wales) Regulations.
Can I Buy Replacement Accessories For My Waste Oil Tank?

Yes, We supply a range of waste oil tank accessories and replacement parts