Oil Tank Maintenance

Top Up Enlightens what you should be looking for?

With the frequency of home heating oil theft on the increase users are now choosing to take extra precautions to safeguard their supplies, with added security installments on tanks now becoming a popular deterrent. However oil siphoning isn’t now the only thing that oil users have to worry about, home heating oil users should be looking at their oil tank maintenance to ensure that nothing unexpected happens.

In the modern UK market home heating oil users who contaminate or damage environments from accidental heating oil spills are facing increasingly harsh consequences for not taking the appropriate precautions for prevention. Oil tank maintenance of old oil tanks is something that every householder will have to deal with if moving into a new property or area, with many existing  properties that use oil often having old and outdated tanks that may need inspection or repair.

If a homeowner is found to have contaminated the environment by not keeping up with their oil tank maintenance, severe fines can occur as a result for the environmental damage as well as extreme costs through having to finance the cleaning of the fuel from the area, as well as the replacement of the tank itself.

Many users of home heating oil may not be aware that oil is actually the largest pollutant in the UK, responsible for around a quarter of all incidents.  This is why it is so important to ensure that you keep yourself safe by ensuring that your oil tank maintenance has been done.

With this in mind Top Up Fuels wanted to give a few tips to home heating oil users on the best ways to look after their tanks, from inspecting it yourself to calling in the professionals.

As a home heating oil user you should be regularly checking for:

  •   Wear and tear, visible marks, dents.
  • Any oil leaks or contamination near the edges of the tank, the gauges or the popes connecting to your heating system.
  • Your bund to be working – this is a spill tray that should be fitted to all tanks to catch the oil in case of a spill.  Check your bund isn’t overflowing either with oil or with rainwater.
  • Signs of distortion or bulging in the tank walls – this could be a sign that your tanks structure is damaged and could be susceptible to bursting.


It is highly advisable to inspect your tank regularly however if you are unsure of its condition then call in the professionals; Top Up Fuels can organise for a qualified Inspector to evaluate your tank and provide reliable feedback. This sort of inspection should happen at least once a year. Take action on any feedback given to prevent any future spills or contamination, as well as keeping out an eye yourself on your tanks ongoing condition.

For advise and tips on any of the subject matter above feel free to call Top Up Fuels on 0203 0111 232 for a friendly chat with one of our staff.