Resolving common heating oil tank issues

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For chilly British winters, many homes are reliant on heating oil to provide heating and hot water. However, heating oil tanks can experience some problems and issues that can have a negative impact on efficiency and performance. So what are these problems and what are the most effective methods for resolving common heating oil tank issues?

What are the most common heating oil tank problems and the most effective solutions?

There are a number of different problems that can cause significant issues for your home heating oil. These problems include:

  • Leaks
  • Sludge
  • Corrosion
  • Unusual smells

Leaks are a common heating oil tank problem

One of the most concerning issues with heating oil tanks is the presence of leaks and if you notice a leak, you will need to take immediate action. This is because leaks can lead to not only significant oil wastage, but also to serious environmental pollution. As a result, there are actually a number of regulations and legislation in place to try and prevent home heating oil tanks from causing this type of problem. If you suspect a leak, start by inspecting the tank’s exterior for visible signs of oil seepage or staining. Additionally, check the surrounding area for any damp patches or unusual odors.

Resolving this issue will require immediate action. First of all, you should place an oil-absorbent mat or a bucket underneath the leak to prevent further spread. At the same time, you should be contacting a professional team to assess the extent of the damage, and to possibly start the repair process. In some cases, a simple patch-up may suffice, while severe leaks may require a full tank replacement.

Sludge buildup can be a significant problem for heating oil tanks

Sludge in a fuel tank can consist of sediment, water, and bacteria. This mixture can reduce the quality of the fuel, and has the potential to clog the fuel lines, leading to full system breakdowns. Unfortunately, sludge will naturally accumulate over time at the bottom of the fuel tank, where it can’t be seen. 

So how can you resolve issues with sludge buildup in your heating oil tank? Well, you should schedule regular tank maintenance and cleaning. An annual inspection carried out by a qualified engineer can help to identify any signs of sludge in the tank, and the fuel, and the tank, can be cleaned using various methods.

Corrosion is a common problem for heating oil tanks

As well as leaks and sludge build up, corrosion can also cause a problem for heating oil tanks, especially those made of metal. This is because moisture, fluctuating temperatures, and exposure to the elements can all contribute to the development of rust. This doesn’t just look unsightly, it can also contribute to contaminated fuel, and weakens the tank’s structural integrity, increasing the risk for leaks.

To resolve corrosion problems, regular maintenance is necessary. You will need to inspect the tank’s exterior for any signs of rust or damage fairly frequently, and applying a weather-resistant paint or coating to the tank’s surface can be a good way to provide an additional layer of protection. If you find severe corrosion, you will need to consult a heating engineer to assess if the tank needs repairs or replacement.

Choosing a professional team for resolving common heating oil tank issues

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?