The Environmental Agency has set out some rules to limit the risk of heating oil tank spillage and help those installing them keep the environment safe. They have chosen to do so as leaks can cause serious pollution and damage. Spillages can run into nearby rivers and harm fish and other creatures living here. The oil can even seep through soil and rock, leading to pollution of groundwater. The Environmental Agency set out their legislations so that home owners understand the risks involved in installation of heating oil tanks and the potential harm it can have on the environment and the surroundings.
To ensure that your heating oil tank meets environmental legislation you must understand what your responsibility is. Creating a schedule of regular checks will help the process. As an owner of a property with an oil tank, whether commercial or personal, you are legally responsible for the damage it causes. Failure to check the tank can cost you a lot of money as a result.
The first step you must take when installing a heating oil tank is to conduct a risk assessment. This will be slightly different for each individual installation. Assessing the size oil tank you will need for your property is also important. You might even have to apply for planning permission for the installation. The third element here to consider is a Fire Prevention assessment. This is important as it will determine where the tank can be positioned on the property to minimize the chances of an accident.
So what should you be looking for when checking your heating oil tank? All oil tanks will have a metal plate stating that it complies with UK legislation. It is important that you do not paint over this plate as insurers might want to read it if you have been unfortunate. Below you can find a checklist of the things you will need to keep an eye on when it comes to your oil tank’s condition.
Checking these things at regular intervals should keep the oil tank in reasonably good shape, and therefore save you time and the hassle of having expensive repairs when the damage has gone too far.
Bio: This article was written by Katherine Ogilvie on behalf of The Oil Tank Store, a heating oil tanks supplier with 25 years’ worth of knowledge and experience. Visit their site to read more about the services they offer.
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