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After what’s turned out to be one of the worst winters in recent years, we’re all grateful for the signs of spring that we’re seeing. One of the best things about spring is not having to worry so much about how much heating oil we’re burning through, even though you found this website for cheap fuel. You can cross off yet another heating-related worry by checking over your tank and getting it and the rest of your system serviced after their busiest period.
You should quickly check over your tank once a week or so, ideally, to check for rust, bulges or leaks, but spring definitely warrants a more thorough inspection by you and an engineer.
Here’s what you can do once you spot a few daffodils out and about.
Clean the area immediately around your tank
If your tank is outside then it’ll gather weeds, leaves, mud and all sorts of other debris over the winter. The walkways and hard standing can become slippery, which will make life difficult for you and your engineer, so take a while to sweep, brush or jet-wash the remnants of winter away.
Check the tank for leaks
Winter is hard on everyone and everything, including your oil tank – fluctuations in temperature, frost, heavy snowfall and even a blanket of leaves can cause damage over time – so spring is the best time to perform a close inspection of the tank and its pipes. If you do see anything suspicious then call out your engineer. If you need to replace your tank then it’s best, if you can, to wait until it’s warmer so you’re not so dependent on your heating.
If you find that your tank is actually leaking then you must call the Environmental Protection Agency as soon as possible on 1850365121 to report the incident and to get advice and help. The cost of cleaning up an oil spill can be very high, so you should always be insured against this.
Make a note of your oil levels
You won’t be using your heating as much as you were over the winter, so you might not be keeping such a close eye on your oil levels anymore. This can be a prime time for oil thieves to strike and you might not even notice until September, so carry on monitoring!
Start thinking about winter
As much as we like to think of summer as lasting forever, winter will be round at the usual time, so make sure your tank and your oil reserves are in good shape. The oil that’s been in your tank for a while may start to develop sludge – this sludge is caused by the building up of rust, dirt, water and the slow oxidation of the hydrocarbons. It’ll carry on happening over the summer, especially in warmer conditions, and the particles formed are heavier than the oil, so they sink to the bottom to form a thick layer.
Problems occur in autumn when new oil is poured into the tank and stirs this layer up – the swirling sludge can, if the boiler is turned on, be drawn into the system where it can cause a total blockage or breakdown. Spring is a good time to get a sludge-removal service, followed by some additives to slow down the formation of more, so that when autumn rolls around, you’re good to go.
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