Heating Oil Transfers
Are you in the process or replacing your oil tank? In this blog we’ll cover the safest methods of transfer and disposal of domestic oil and their tanks. A word of caution before we begin – removing an oil tank or transferring the oil yourself is not an option. Please do not attempt it yourself and always seek professional assistance.
Heating Oil relocation from tank to tank
If you have more than one oil tank on your property and need to relocate oil from one to the other, we highly encourage seeking professional help. Certified engineers will help complete the task safely and efficiently with zero negative environmental impact.
With advanced equipment, you can remove excess oil from one or several of your tanks—a process that is safe, clean, and efficient. After the oil has been removed from your tanks, it is transferred to an oil storage tank until it is ready for transfer back into an existing tank.
Our team of experts offer such services here at Bio Clean Jetting, we can offer a fully managed service from start to finish. We even clean your old empty tank if it’s needed, keeping you safe and ensuring there’s no lurking chemicals or gasses.
Why disturb the oil or tank itself?
While homeowners usually have their oil tanks replaced every 20-25 years on average, some tanks may need to be replaced sooner if they show signs of damage, such as dents, weak spots in the casing, or start leaking.
Keeping a close eye on your tank itself is always good measure, although your oil system will also need to be serviced annually along with your internal heating by a registered OFTEC engineer. These inspections will highlight any obvious or visual faults with your oil heating system.
How is the oil transferred & old tank disposed of?
The process of emptying of a domestic heating tank must ALWAYS be carried out be a registered professional. In most cases, a specialist engineer will safely drain your tank of the hazardous oil and the tank itself can then be recycled.
Whilst the task of pumping oil is not an overly difficult one to grasp, or even acquire the correct tools to accomplish. The vitally important side of this is that the all specialists who undertake this work must be OFTEC certified, meaning they can safely work with your tank & it’s hazardous chemicals without causing harm or damage to your property or the environment.
With the old tank being replaced by a new one, the oil that isn’t contaminated from the bottom of the old tank can be used in your new oil tank.
The steps for emptying, transferring and safely disposing of a domestic oil tank is;
Step 1 – The engineer will check how much oil is left in the tank, and then see how much of this oil is sitting on the bottom of the tank. This oil sitting on the bottom will be contaminated and need to be disposed of in accordance with environmental guidelines & rules.
Step 2 – The clean oil will be pumped out of the tank using professional equipment into a supplied holding tank.
Step 3 – Once the oil has been inspected in the holding tank to confirm its sufficient quality, the oil is then pumped into the new tank.
Step 4 – The contaminated oil left over in the old tank will be pumped out and transferred into a safe waste container ready for disposal at a licensed site.
Step 5 – Once all the old oil has been removed, the tank is then cleaned out before being disconnected from the pipework and base it’s sitting on. Before the tank is removed, the engineer will re-test the tank to ensure that its gas-free, issuing a certificate once confirmed.
Step 6 – The tank is then removed whole, if access is sufficient without causing any damage to the property. Alternatively, a team of specialists will be called in to cut up the old oil tank on site and the pieces subsequently removed.
Step 7 – Once the old tank has been removed, the engineer will issue a waste transfer notice which covers the removal of the hazardous waste material.
Step 8 – New tank installed using existing pipework and base, oil level topped up where required.
Can I empty the tank and dispose of the contaminated oil myself?
No, you cannot remove and dispose of any heating oil; you must follow the procedures outlined in the existing building regulations and be registered to do so.
An OFTEC registered engineer will carry out an assessment to decommission, remove and dispose of the old oil tank, identifying any fire or environmental risks that may be associated with the process.
In most cases, heating oil tanks are removed to make way for new tanks, and the engineering company that removed the original tank will usually install the replacement as part of the service.
For a FREE, no obligation oil tank cleaning quote, please call us on 0121 493 2332 or contact us here.