Oil Tank Installation Service

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How Does it work?

EasyMerchant works with the manufacturer who are happy to arrange everything for you. Fill out the form above and Harlequin will contact you to take further details and provide you with a full quotation for the supply and installation of a new or replacement Oil Tank.

The Harlequin Tankmark Accredited Installer network is a closed and controlled network of OFTEC-qualified installers managed by Harlequin Manufacturing Ltd. This allows us to recommend only the best and most reliable installer to our customers.

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All installers are registered professionals who have been chosen by Harlequin for their ability to provide a trouble free installation at a great price.

Oil Storage Tanks:

Fuel oil is a common source of fuel for home heating systems. It’s perhaps one of the most commonly used fuels after natural gas. It’s also a much safer type of fuel since it won’t explode like propane or natural gas.

Fuel oil is a clean-burning fuel that has a lot of energy that can be converted to heat. Given that its uses are limited to heating applications, it’s often less costly than other types of heating fuels.

Fuel oil must be bought in bulk and stored in an oil storage tank installed inside or near your home. Unlike natural gas, which is supplied through an ongoing supply from local gas utility companies, oil furnaces need frequent refills to maintain sufficient fuel levels.

Oil Storage Tank Types

Fuel oil continues to be a common choice for homeowners. If you go for residential oil heating, you’ve the option of different types of oil storage tanks:

  • Above-ground indoor oil tanks: These are big oil storage containers usually stored in an attached building like a garage, a basement or utility room.

  • Above-ground outdoor oil tanks: These big tanks are generally installed near the home, often at the rear or side of the building. They’re common in areas where public utility lines are out of reach.

  • Underground oil tanks: These oil storage tanks are hidden underground where they’re unnoticed. Supply pipes can also be buried underground. The fill pipe, however, must be placed above ground.

Domestic Oil Storage Tank Installation Guide

Oil storage tanks should be installed by experienced pros to ensure proper delivery of oil to the furnace, reliable storage, and safe operation. Some oil tanks might require a stand or other frameworks to hold the tank while others will have legs the tank stands on.

Pour a concrete slab to act as the base or platform for above-ground outdoor storage tanks. For indoor tanks, ensure there’s enough room for the tank and that the floor where the tank is installed is level and capable of withstanding the weight of a full tank.

Get in touch with one of our pros for more info on oil storage tanks and how to ensure your storage tank is safely and securely installed.

Bunded Oil Tank

So what exactly is a bund, anyway? Well, a bund is a secondary containment system. When the phrase is applied to a heating oil tank, it means that it’s made up of a tank within a tank design.

The inner tank serves as your main oil storage container, while the outer serves as a protective cover and is capable of holding the oil if the inner layer is damaged. This prevents the oil from leaking into the surrounding environment and makes sure that it doesn’t pollute neighbouring landscapes and water supplies.

Different Kinds of Bunded Oil Tanks

  • Bunded Steel Tanks in Medium and Small Sizes: These are perfect for the dispensation and storage of fuel products like red diesel, heating oil, diesel, bio diesel and other kinds of oils that fit the user’s needs.

  • Bunded Steel Gravity Feed Tanks: These are intended for both medium and small fuelling operations for sites that don’t have power available especially in farms. Suitable for a wide range of fuels including bio diesel, red diesel, and diesel.

  • Single Skin Steel Fuel Storage Tank: This another kind of bunded oil tank and is ideal for heating oil tanks, AGA cooker supply, and Raeburn cookers.

  • Bunded Plastic Tanks: These Come in a wide range of varieties for both domestic and commercial oil storage and one of the advantages that make them popular is their durability and safety compared to other kinds of fuel tanks.

Bunded Oil Tank Installation Guide

Building regulations require these tanks to be installed on a stable level platform that extends a minimum of 300 millimetres past the widest point of the oil tank in all directions. This will help prevent fire from spreading to your tank from adjacent buildings or plants.

The base or platform can be raised to a 100 millimetres thick slab of concrete or firmly butted paving slabs of at least 50 millimetres thick. In both instances, the base or platform must be built on a firm foundation suitable for the ground conditions.

Where the oil tank has to be elevated, it’s important that the tank is properly supported and the manufacturer’s installation instructions are adhered to.

Heating Oil Tanks

Heating oil tanks are made from fabricated plastic or steel and can be installed underground, outside or inside. Either type can be double-skinned, single-skinned, or integrally bunded.

Integrally bunded tanks are made up of one tank sitting inside another, the outer one housing the main tank’s vents and fittings. These tanks offer better protection than double-skinned tanks because there is more room between the two layers to prevent oil from leaking externally.

Heating Oil Tank Installation Guide

Most professionals in the industry recommend installing your heating oil tank indoors, instead of outdoors. This is because outdoor tanks are exposed to the elements, which can cause damage to the tank or corrode it.

Since a solid cement foundation is already in place, a basement is often a good site to install heating oil tanks. Moreover, basements are free of vehicle and household activity.

All heating oil tanks need a solid-base foundation, like cement. Local codes demand the solid-base foundation to be a certain depth.

Cost of Oil Tank Installation: Heating Oil Tank Installation Cost, Bunded Oil Tank Installation Cost, and Domestic Oil Storage Tank Installation Cost

The cost of installing an oil tank can differ depending on whether it’s going above ground or to the basement. The average installation goes for £1,200 (for installation sites without a base) to £500. Concrete floors and slabs don’t need a pad or base. There is also no additional cost if the location of the tank is easily accessible.

The cost of making an access opening to install the tank will cost an extra £1,000 to £2,000. The cost will differ since cutting a wall is easier than making a hole in the foundation. This includes mending the cut structure. Replacing the fuel fill and pipe fuel filters will be an additional £100 to £150.

How Much Does Oil Tank Replacement Cost?

The average cost of replacing an oil tank is £1,882. The cost varies from £800 to £3,800 to install a 330 to 220-gallon oil tank. Oil tanks are made to last for at least ten years – ultimately they’ll need to be replaced. Most oil tanks are installed underground or in the basement.

Standard oil tanks go for as low as £500, but these tend to corrode as a result of water settling at the bottom. Double-walled oil tanks reduce rates and chances of corrosion plus they come with leakage alarms. This will cost £600 to £500 more than a standard tank.

Rules & Regulations for Oil Tanks

Oil tank rules and regulations are in place to protect you, your family and the environment from harm, whether it’s for residential or commercial use. This section covers everything you need to know about keeping your oil tank compliant with the regulations.

Oil tanks are easily overlooked once installed, but it’s highly recommended that homeowners have their oil tanks checked yearly by an OFTEC inspector. Making sure your oil is compliant to the regulations and is in excellent condition is important when you consider the environmental impact of oil spills and the heavy fines.

Oil Tank Building and Installation Regulations

All oil tank installations MUST be compliant with local Building Regulations. Should you opt to work with somebody who isn’t registered with a scheme such as OFTEC, you’ll need to make plans for inspection from your local building control authority, which will have cost and time implications.

With respect to planning permission for the installation of residential oil tanks, you DO NOT need planning permission if:

  • The maximum height in total is 2.5m if it’s within 2m of a boundary

  • Additions or other buildings would cover no more than half of the area surrounding the original house

  • The maximum height in total is 3m

  • If your property is listed, you’ll need planning permission to install a new oil tank

  • The tank isn’t being stored in front of the principal elevation fronting a highway

The other building regulations prerequisites for oil tanks you need to know include:

  • The oil tank will need extra protection from leakage and spillage if there is groundwater nearby

  • If the tank is to be stored above-ground, it’ll need a protective layer to guard it against fire

  • A fire valve should be installed where the pipe will enter the building

OFTEC regulations state that tanks must be installed:

  • On a stand or platform with at least 300mm around the edge of the tank

  • 600mm away from screening that doesn’t form part of the boundary

  • 1.8m away from non-fire rated roof space of a building

  • 760mm away from a non-fire rated boundary

  • 1.8m away from a non-fire rated structure or building

  • 1.8m away from openings in a fire rated structure or building

  • 1.8m away from the flue terminals of oil-fired appliances

Additional Recommendations

Standard oil tanks have a useful life of 20 years. Don’t hesitate to replace an aging tank. Visually inspect your tank for wear, leaks or cracks every time you fill it and make sure an OFTEC registered expert inspects your oil tank at least once a year.

Your Trusted Oil Tank Maintenance, Oil Tank Removal, and Oil Tank Installation Specialist

If your oil tank is more than thirty years old, it’s a good idea to speak with EasyMerchant Limited about your replacement options.

The oil tanks we install are built to high standards that make them corrosion and leak proof, featuring double-wall construction that includes an outer tank of corrosion-resistant galvanised steel.

Plus, modern-day technology allows for remote monitoring to safeguard against the rare event of a leak and guarantees that you’ll always have a sufficient supply of heating oil on hand. You can also get long-term warranties to protect your investment.

Our scheduled maintenance checks can also help you prevent problems with your oil tank and extend its useful life. But in the long run, there will come a time when it makes more sense to upgrade with a new oil tank installation.

EasyMerchant Limited is registered with OFTEC, and our specialists are qualified to replace, remove and inspect oil tanks. Our oil tanks provide peace of mind and convenience! Contact us today to learn more about our oil tanks and get a FREE Quote.

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