Preparing your Home Heating for the Winter Period.

Today being my wedding anniversary I am doing my best to be helpful around the house and show I am doing my bit. In particular I concentrated on the garden which to be fair is where I do most of my weekly and monthly chores. Today however I thought I would concentrate more on the tidying and maintenance aspects to ensure we are in good shape moving into winter.

One of my jobs was to check the ageing metal Home Heating Oil Tank which has served us well for many years. Like many households it doesn’t matter how much you paint and clean a Heating Oil tank it never looks great and so it is covered with trellis and climbing plants. This unfortunately can cover a number of problems which only get worse if left to their own without any maintenance and care.

I am happy to report my tank was in good condition and looks fine for another winter storing our Kerosene or 28 Sec Burning Oil. In all my years in the Home Heating Oil market I have come across a number of horrendous situation where householders have failed to inspect and maintain their Heating Oil Tanks. If oil leaks into the ground it can move into water courses and contaminate local streams and rivers having a devastating effect on fish and wildlife. It can also seep into drinking water supplies resulting in major clean up costs and potential prosecutions. Any spill or leak can also have a devastating effect on your home and garden killing plants, shrubs and grass also leaving a nasty smell in your garden and sometimes in your home.

It doesn’t take long to check your tank and supply lines so why not do it this weekend. Some of the things you should be looking for:

1) Is the tank clean and has no staining on the outside. A good sign a metal tank is rusting through is flaking paint, bubbling or corroding metal particularly along the seams and dark stains moving up the tank. These signs will indicate a tank is starting to leak and should be replaced as soon as possible.

2) Is the pipe from the tank to your boiler in good shape, not been dislodged or damaged during the summer. Check to see if it is leaking. You can easily do this by running your hand under the pipe and if it becomes wet with a smelly liquid then the chances are the pipe is leaking and you will need to call in your boiler engineer or local plumber to fix it. The smell you are looking for will be a paraffin smell if you use Kerosene for your Home Heating Oil or Diesel if you use Gas Oil (sometimes called Red Diesel)

3) Check any external sight gauge. These are often clear plastic tubes attached to the side of the tank in a light aluminium case. If these become damaged then the tube can fall out of the case and the contents of the tank can be lost in a very short period of time contaminating your garden not to mention the cost and inconvenience of needing to pay for an Emergency Delivery of Home Heating Oil.

4) If you have an offset filler pipe this should also be checked for damage to make sure next time you have a delivery of Home Heating Oil the Kerosene or Gas Oil does not leak into your garden from any damaged filler pipe.

If you are uncertain about the condition of your Home Heating Oil tank and would like some advice contact us at Top Up Fuels and we will be delighted to visit your home and inspect your Heating Oil installation and advise you if there is any action required. Unfortunately we can only visit in the areas of the Country we operate but will still be happy to give advice over the telephone or email if you live outside our operating area.