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Useful Information about oil tanks

Oil tanks, also known as fuel oil storage tanks, are containers used to store various types of liquid fuels, including heating oil, diesel, gasoline, or other petroleum-based products. At Direct Drainage, we supply all different types of oil storage and dispensing tanks so here are some useful pointers about oil tanks to help you make an informed decision before purchasing:

Types of Oil Tanks: 

Oil tanks come in different shapes, sizes, and materials. The most common types are underground tanks and above-ground tanks. Underground tanks are buried beneath the ground, while above-ground tanks are installed outside buildings or in basements.

Materials: Oil tanks are typically made from materials such as steel, fiberglass, or polyethylene. Steel tanks are common but can be susceptible to corrosion, while fiberglass and polyethylene tanks offer corrosion resistance.

Capacity: Oil tanks vary in capacity, ranging from small residential tanks holding a few hundred gallons to large commercial or industrial tanks with capacities of several thousand gallons.

Location: Proper tank placement is essential for safety and regulatory compliance. Local building codes and environmental regulations typically dictate the distance from buildings, property lines, and water sources.

Maintenance: Regular maintenance is crucial to ensure the integrity of the tank and prevent leaks or spills. Maintenance tasks may include inspection, cleaning, and testing for leaks.

Leak Detection: Many modern oil tanks are equipped with leak detection systems to identify any leakage promptly. Some states and regions have specific regulations regarding the installation of leak detection equipment.

Fuel Level Gauges: Oil tanks may have fuel level gauges to monitor the amount of fuel remaining in the tank. This helps homeowners and businesses plan for refills.

Environmental Concerns: Oil tank leaks or spills can have severe environmental consequences, contaminating soil and groundwater. Proper installation and maintenance are essential to prevent environmental damage.

Regulations: There are various regulations and codes that govern the installation, maintenance, and decommissioning of oil tanks. These regulations are intended to protect the environment and ensure public safety.

Oil Tank Decommissioning: When an oil tank is no longer in use, it must be properly decommissioned according to local regulations. Decommissioning typically involves draining the tank, cleaning it, and ensuring it is safe for removal or abandonment in place.

Insurance: Some homeowners and businesses may need specific insurance coverage for their oil tanks, especially if they are responsible for any potential cleanup costs resulting from leaks or spills.

Transportation: Large oil tanks used for industrial purposes are often transported using specialized trucks or equipment.

Security: Oil tanks should be secured to prevent unauthorized access or tampering.

Tank Heating: In colder climates, oil tanks may have built-in heating systems to prevent fuel from solidifying in extreme temperatures.

Tank Monitoring Systems: Advanced oil tank monitoring systems can be installed to track fuel levels, detect leaks, and optimize fuel deliveries for increased efficiency.

Before installing an oil tank, it's essential to research local regulations and consult with professionals to ensure compliance and safe operation. Proper maintenance and adherence to safety guidelines are crucial to prevent environmental and safety hazards associated with oil tanks.

If you are looking for a Sewage treatment system/ oil tank, contact us on 01388 537050 or visit our variation of Oil Tanks on Direct Drainage

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