More than 1 million UK households and businesses rely on oil heating to get through the year’s coldest months. When the temperatures drop, the last thing that anyone wants to contend with is being without a source of warmth. Whether you have a domestic or commercial oil tank, both require some annual maintenance to keep things running as they should during the winter months.

At LV Fuel Services, we specialise in keeping fuel tanks running without a hitch. Keep reading to learn our tips for maintaining an oil tank this winter.

Why Is Oil Tank Maintenance Important In The Winter?

Maintaining an oil tank is essential to keep it running safely. Not only could you be left without heating should a fault arise, but there could be severe impacts to the local environment. Furthermore, even though oil is a viable heating source designed to withstand cold weather outside if extreme temperatures are experienced, further problems can happen.

Maintaining your oil tank well ensures it works correctly without negatively impacting anyone.

Ways To Keep An Oil Tank Working Property In The Colder Months

The best advice we can give for keeping oil tanks ticking along correctly is by following these steps:

  1. Check fixtures and fittings at least once a week. Any signs of wear and tear could lead to significant issues such as leaks or other hazards. Should any parts need replacing, it’s best to do this before the cold weather sets in.
  2. Ensure no blockages are in place. All-access points should be completely clear, Mostly caused by fallen debris or sludge in the tank.
  3. Consider the security of your tank. Unfortunately, the risk of oil theft is higher than ever due to the crisis in the cost of living. Ensure your locks are robust and that access points are protected.
  4. Check the ground underneath the tank. The area underneath should be level and secure, as the tank must be kept upright with no chance of tipping to one side. Should any changes be noticed, professional groundwork should take place.
  5. Maintain an empty bund. The external bund must be kept clear to ensure ventilation for safe oil usage. Due to their place, they can easily fill up with water or other debris, so it’s essential always to keep these clear. They must also be kept clean as even the slight build-up of dirt could lead to blockages.
  6. Check the exterior of the tank for signs of wearing. In addition to looking at the fixtures and fittings, the entire surface of an oil tank must be intact for safe operations. Any signs of dents, deep scratches, bulges or cracks should be treated immediately.
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How Can LV Fuel Services Provide Support This Winter?

We offer both commercial and domestic oil tank services to keep things running smoothly. From cleaning to maintenance, no task is outside of our team’s skill set. Contact us today to get some last-minute prep before Winter.