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Posted on October 18, 2020 in Oil Tanks, .

Your tank has a crack in it. If you already have a double-skinned or bunded tank, you have more time to call experts in. Your steel or single skinned tank has a crack in it, it will need immediate attention.

Here is what you should do.

Don’t rely on the repair kit

A tank repair kit is really just a tool to buy you some time; it should never be used to fix the tank as a permanent solution. Usually made of webbing material and glue or putty, the kit will allow you to minimise the potential for spillage. The kit and any repair hacks will not suit a steel tank due to metal flaking and weakening; you will likely make it worse. You will need to gauge what you can do based on the crack’s size, but you shouldn’t attempt anything you are uncomfortable with, as this could be dangerous.

Collect the oil

If you are leaking, find a suitable receptacle to collect the leaking oil in. Collecting the oil stops it from reaching absorbent soils or drainage, where serious problems will occur if it leaks into them. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) takes oil leakages very seriously and can issue fines if the owner is found of negligence.

Contact the experts

Get on the phone! Call Oil Tanks Plus to get an expert, registered oil tank installer out to you to assess the damage. We will work quickly to ensure as little damage is caused as possible and can advise you on the next steps to replace your tank. If you call with a split single or steel tank, we would highly recommend moving over to a double skinned or bunded oil tank, which will provide a much higher level of protection from cracks in the future.

You’re in safe hands when you call us, our friendly experts will look after you. However small the damage may be, we have the experience to quickly and effectively provide a solution that is also cost-effective.

A few safety measures

Oil is not meant to be handled or introduced into the ecosystem, hence the hefty penalties. To protect yourself and your surroundings, we advise;

  • Wearing gloves and avoiding skin contact
  • Ventilating any enclosed areas that smell of oil
  • Switching off the oil mains
  • Trying to establish the amount of oil lost, this is information is useful to your installer
  • Against rinsing any oil away or washing down the tank

This is by no means exhaustive, but some key fundamentals to implement when faced with a crack.

Oil Tanks Plus is here to get you safely back in working order. Our bunded tanks are what we would recommend if a replacement tank is required. If you are considering a change before the need arises, then we would be delighted to discuss your options with you too.

Whatever your needs, please do contact us to ensure a safe, comfortable, and warm property.