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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:

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:

 

10k
liters in capacity

However, for larger installations requiring fire-rated enclosures, building regulations take precedence, as OFTEC’s scope is limited.

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 emphasises the importance of features like overfill prevention, secondary containment, and proper ventilation to minimise risks.

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 specialised 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, minimising environmental impact.

Ventilation and Access: They’re designed with proper ventilation and access points for safe maintenance and inspections.

we also serve nationwide.

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Here are some of the locations right across U.K. where we have provided our Domestic and Commercial Fuel and Oil Tank services:

Perth

Preston

Salford

Stirling

Bangor

Bath

Birmingham

Bradford

Derby

Durhan

Exeter

Gloucester

Worcester

Lancaster

Lincoil

Newcastle

Why choose LV fuel services for your domestic oil tank installation or replacement

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 0800799 9739.

F. A. Q

Common Questions

The installation & replacement process explained

Is an oil tank replacement or removal the right choice for my tank?

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What are the benefits of replacing my domestic oil tank?

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How long does it take for a domestic oil tank replacement?

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Will the oil tank replacement process disrupt my heating system or daily routing?

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How do I prepare my property for oil tank installation?

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Are there any maintenance service offered after the oil tank installation is complete?

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