Assessing the Installation Site

The first step in the oil tank installation and replacement process is to thoroughly assess the existing installation or potential new location. This is the first process we go across in consultation with our customers. This often requires an on-site visit by one of our experienced technicians. During the site assessment, we evaluate factors such as the proximity to the heating system, accessibility for deliveries and maintenance, and compliance with regulations.

Choosing the Right Tank and Materials

Based on the site assessment and your specific needs, we help you choose the most suitable oil tank and the necessary materials for a compliant installation that meets OFTEC regulations as to your requirements. Our experts guide you through the available options, considering factors such as tank size, construction materials (e.g., steel, plastic, or fire-rated tanks), secondary containment systems, and any additional features required for your particular installation.

Quotation and Discussion

Once we have a clear understanding of your requirements, we provide you with a detailed quotation that outlines the scope of work, the materials needed, and the associated costs. During this stage, we encourage open communication to address any questions or concerns you may have, ensuring that you have a thorough understanding of the project before moving forward.

Scheduling and Preparation

After you have accepted the quotation, we work with you to schedule a convenient installation date, typically within 5-10 working days. This allows sufficient time for any necessary preparations, such as clearing the installation area and ensuring access for our team and equipment.

Professional Installation

On the scheduled date, our experienced technicians arrive at your property to begin the installation process. They follow strict safety protocols and adhere to OFTEC regulations, ensuring a high-quality installation that meets all applicable standards. Throughout the process, we maintain open communication with you, keeping you informed of the progress and addressing any concerns that may arise.

Documentation and Handover

Upon completion of the installation, we provide you with comprehensive documentation, including any necessary certifications and maintenance recommendations. This documentation serves as proof of compliance with OFTEC regulations and ensures that you have all the necessary information for the safe and efficient operation of your new or replaced oil tank.

Installing or replacing a Domestic Oil Tank?

Are you thinking of installing or replacing an oil tank for your home’s heating system? It’s crucial to understand the process and regulations involved to ensure safe, efficient, and compliant operations.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the world of domestic oil tank installations and replacements, covering essential aspects such as OFTEC regulations, building codes, and practical considerations.

What is OFTEC, and What Does It Do?

OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association) is the industry body responsible for setting standards and regulations for domestic oil-fired appliance installations in the United Kingdom. It plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and quality of oil-fired heating systems, including the installation of oil storage tanks.

OFTEC and Building Regulations

OFTEC regulations specifically govern the installation of oil-fired appliances and storage tanks up to 10,000 liters in capacity. However, for larger tanks or installations requiring fire-rated enclosures, building regulations take precedence, as OFTEC’s scope is limited.

To find out more about our fuel and oil tank installation and replacement services, please continue reading below or contact us on 0800 799 9739

Understanding Regulations: Your Key to Safety

OFTEC sets the standards for oil-fired heating systems in the UK, including oil tank installations. Their focus is safety and quality, giving you peace of mind.
Building regulations also play a role, especially for larger tanks or those requiring fire protection. We’ll explain the differences and how they work together.
OFTEC offers helpful guidelines for domestic installations, including

  • Tank Sizing: Choosing the right size tank ensures you have enough oil to last, considering factors like your home’s size and heating needs.
  • Tank Location: OFTEC outlines where to place your tank for safety and ease of access for maintenance and deliveries.
  • Safety Measures: OFTEC emphasizes the importance of features like overfill prevention, secondary containment, and proper ventilation to minimize risks.
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Fire-Rated Tanks

Fire-rated tanks offer added protection for special situations and might be your best option for tight spaces or indoor installations. These specialized tanks meet stringent fire safety standards and building regulations.

Here’s what makes them stand out:

  • Strong Construction: Fire-rated tanks are often made from steel or concrete for extra durability and fire resistance.
  • Built-in Containment: These tanks have a secondary containment system (bund) to catch any leaks or spills, minimizing environmental impact.
  • Ventilation and Access: They’re designed with proper ventilation and access points for safe maintenance and inspections.

Why OFTEC Regulations Matter

Following OFTEC regulations is crucial for several reasons:

  • Safety First: Their guidelines minimize fire risks, leaks, and environmental contamination, keeping your home and family safe.
  • Insurance Requirements Many insurance companies require OFTEC compliance for coverage, protecting you financially.
  • Property Value Boost When selling, potential buyers look for compliance. Following OFTEC standards can increase your property value and simplify the selling process.

Why Choose LV Fuel Services For Your Domestic Oil Tank Installation Or Replacement

At LV Fuel Services we have a team of oil and fuel tank specialists, with over 20 years’ experience, providing our customers with cost-effective and reliable fuel and oil tank solutions for domestic and commercial properties.

Our expert team have carried out many oil tank installations, oil tank cleaning processes and removal of heating oil from tanks.
You can put your trust in us at LV Fuel Services, as we understand the risks and complexity, especially when dealing with hazardous materials.

Experienced ISO 9001 and PAS 43 Certified

As an experienced, ISO 9001 and PAS 43 certified business, we’re here to make replacing your home’s fuel or oil tank as stress-free as possible. To find out more about our fuel and oil tank installation and replacement services, please continue reading below or contact us on 0800 799 9739.

Local Domestic Oil Tank Installation And Replacement Specialists

At LV Fuel Services, we offer local oil and fuel tank services for domestic properties.
Contact us today to get our local team out to your property. Whether you need a replacement of an old oil tank or if you don’t currently have an oil or fuel tank and need installation at your home.

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We also offer other domestic oil and fuel tank services, if you are after regular maintenance and cleaning of your oil tank, removal of your domestic oil or fuel tank and we can also safely remove of heating oil at your property.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is an oil tank replacement or removal the right choice for my tank?
When deciding between oil tank replacement or removal, consider factors such as the tank’s condition, local regulations, future heating plans, environmental impact, and cost. Consult with us for guidance tailored to your circumstances and help you make an informed decision.
What are the benefits of replacing my domestic oil tank?
Replacing your oil tank offers improved safety, energy efficiency, and compliance with regulations, ensuring reliable fuel storage while minimising the risk of leaks and environmental contamination. Upgrading provides peace of mind by reducing the likelihood of malfunctions, optimising fuel usage, and meeting modern safety standards.
How long does it take for a domestic oil tank replacement?
The duration of an oil tank replacement can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the installation, the size of the tank, and any additional work needed. Generally, the process can take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days to complete.

The duration of an oil tank replacement can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the installation, the size of the tank, and any additional work needed. Generally, the process can take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days to complete.

Will the oil tank replacement process disrupt my heating system or daily routine?
During an oil tank replacement, there may be some disruption to your heating system and daily routine, but efforts are made to minimise inconvenience. Temporary interruptions to heating may occur during the switch-over process, but installers work efficiently to complete the replacement as quickly as possible, allowing you to resume your routine with minimal downtime.
Can I upgrade to a larger capacity tank during the replacement if my heating needs have increased?
You can upgrade to a larger capacity tank during the replacement process to accommodate increased heating needs, providing greater fuel storage without frequent refills. Discuss your requirements with us, and we will help you determine the most suitable oil tank size for your needs.
Can I schedule a consultation to assess the condition of my current oil tank and discuss replacement options?
Yes, you can schedule a consultation to assess the condition of your current oil tank and discuss replacement options with one of our oil tank specialists. This allows for a thorough evaluation of your needs and provides an opportunity to explore the best course of action for your oil tank replacement.
Can I choose the location for the oil tank installation, or are there specific requirements?
Yes, you can typically choose the location for the oil tank installation, but there may be specific requirements to consider such as proximity to the heating system, accessibility for refills, and compliance with local regulations. Consulting with us can help ensure the chosen location meets all necessary criteria for safe and efficient operation.
How do I prepare my property for oil tank installation?
To prepare your property for oil tank installation, clear the designated area of any obstacles, ensure sufficient space for equipment access, and verify compliance with local regulations regarding tank placement. Additionally, discuss any specific requirements or preparations with us beforehand to streamline the installation process.
Are there any maintenance services offered after the oil tank installation is complete?
Yes, typically, maintenance services are offered after oil tank installation is complete, ensuring continued functionality and safety. These services may include periodic inspections, oil tank cleaning, and repairs as needed to maintain optimal performance and prolong the lifespan of the domestic oil tank.