Preventing domestic heating oil contamination

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Domestic heating oil contamination is an issue that can cause significant damage to heating equipment and to the quality of your fuel itself. As a result, it is important to take measures to prevent contamination, and to know what to do in the event that your home heating oil becomes contaminated. So what are the most effective options for preventing domestic heating oil contamination? And how can you avoid home heating oil contamination altogether?

What are the effective options for preventing domestic heating oil contamination?

There are a number of different options to consider for preventing domestic heating oil contamination, and these include:

  • Regular Maintenance: Regular maintenance of heating oil storage tanks is essential to prevent contamination. Tanks should be inspected regularly for leaks, corrosion, and other damage, as well as signs of microbial life and water ingress. Any problems should be repaired immediately to prevent oil from leaking out and contaminating the surrounding area, as well as to prevent or resolve any contamination that has already occurred to the fuel itself. 
  • Regular inspection: Regular inspection of the oil tank is essential to detect any signs of contamination at an early stage. The tank should be inspected at least once a year by a qualified professional, who will check for corrosion, leaks, and other signs of damage. The oil should also be checked for water content, which can lead to bacterial growth and contamination. If any contamination is detected, it should be dealt with immediately, and the tank should be cleaned and disinfected.
  • Proper Installation: When installing a heating oil storage tank, it is important to follow all local building regulations and health and safety requirements. The tank should be placed on a stable, level surface and should be securely anchored to prevent it from tipping over. Proper installation also includes ensuring that all pipes and connections are tight and leak-free. This can help ensure that water stays out of the heating oil, and to prevent contaminants and debris from entering.
  • Proper Storage: The quality of the oil in a heating oil storage tank can deteriorate over time, leading to contamination. It is important to store the oil in a clean, dry, and well-ventilated area to prevent moisture from entering the tank. 
  • Proper filling procedures: These should be followed when adding oil to the tank. The delivery truck should be equipped with a clean hose, and the driver should take care not to spill any oil during the filling process. The tank should be filled slowly to prevent turbulence, which can stir up any sediment or water at the bottom of the tank. It is also essential to avoid overfilling the tank, which can cause oil to spill and contaminate the surrounding area.

Fuel polishing and tank cleaning

If your domestic fuel has become contaminated then polishing the fuel and cleaning the tank can allow the fuel to be cleaned and prevent wastage. Here at Network Environmental, we are fully trained and licensed to tackle all tank cleaning and fuel polishing projects. With our wealth of experience and expertise, we are the team for you. Why not get in touch today?