Asbestos boiler flue removal Northern Ireland

Asbestos Boiler Flue Removal

In Northern Ireland, it was a common practice to install asbestos flues in older heating systems, particularly for oil boilers. This was because asbestos has excellent heat-resistant properties. The size of the flue could vary depending on the location of the boiler, ranging from one to three stories high. The term “flue” refers to a pipe or duct that is used to vent exhaust gases and fumes from the heating appliance to the outside. Today, we will be discussing the removal of asbestos boiler flues in Northern Ireland.

If you have discovered an asbestos flue on your property, Call Andrew on 07434 691 809 for a FREE quotation. we remove most type of asbestos.

Asbestos Boilers and Flue Pipes

Since its official ban in 1999, asbestos has not been used in the construction of new heating systems. However, prior to the ban, asbestos was commonly used in various components of boilers, such as gaskets, insulation, cement, and flues. If a property was constructed before the year 2000 and the heating system has not been updated, there is a high likelihood that there are asbestos materials within the boiler and flue.

If you are planning to update your current heating system and need to remove and dispose of the old one, it is essential that you seek advice from a professional asbestos removal and disposal company in your area. They have the necessary expertise and equipment to safely handle and dispose of asbestos materials in accordance with the health and safety executive northern ireland (HSENI).

Asbestos Boiler Flue Removal Cost

The cost of removing an asbestos boiler flue in Northern Ireland varies depending on several factors, including the geographical location, size of the flue, and whether it requires removal or has already been removed. For example, a previous asbestos boiler flue removal and disposal from an external gable wall of a garage, attached internally to an oil boiler, cost £335.

Asbestos flue removal Belfast, NI

Asbestos cement flue pipe removal

The customer wanted to replace the flue with an aluminum one and requested the removal and disposal of the old asbestos flue.

Can I Remove an Asbestos Flue Pipe Myself?

It is strongly advised to not remove asbestos without the proper experience and personal protective equipment (PPE). Asbestos fibres are minuscule and not visible to the human eye. It is essential that a respirator suitable for asbestos removal be worn. The cost savings of removing the asbestos flue pipe yourself, would be minimal, and the potential risks of asbestos fibre exposure outweigh any potential savings.

What is Involved in Removing an Asbestos Flue Pipe?

Below is a step-by-step guide on the entire process, from obtaining a quotation to removal and disposal of an asbestos flue.

1) Contact Andrew on 07434 691 809 or email for a free no obligation quotation. Please Include a few images of the flue pipe as this helps me provide an accurate quote.

2) After the quote is accepted, a prenotification is sent to the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency (NIEA) to inform them about the hazardous waste. In this case, the waste is an asbestos flue, and the prenotification includes information about its origin and the scheduled date of removal. It is a requirement by the NIEA to receive this notice at least three working days prior to the collection.

3) On the day of removal, the asbestos flue will be disconnected from the boiler and removed in sections, just like when it was first installed. Asbestos cement flues are strong and can usually be removed without breaking. Any cement surrounding the flue will be carefully chipped away to free it from the wall. The asbestos will then be securely wrapped in double layers of thick plastic sheeting and taped, ready for transportation.

4) Once the asbestos has been transported and disposed of at a designated facility that handles asbestos, you will receive a copy of the paperwork for your records.

Asbestos Removal Services in Northern Ireland

Removerr is a company based in North Down, serving customers in Northern Ireland. We offer a range of asbestos removal services in, Bangor, Belfast, Lisburn, Newry, Armagh, Downpatrick, and the surrounding area. Our services include, asbestos roof removal, asbestos guttering, soil pipes, cement insulation boards and more. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Andrew at 07434 691 809.

How to replace and oil tank Northern Ireland

How to Replace an Oil Tank

If your oil tank is over 10 years old or has developed a leak, it is recommended to replace it. This article will provide a step-by-step guide on how to replace an oil tank, including important factors such as adhering to OFTEC regulations, choosing the right tank location, draining the oil tank, and more.

It is recommended when replacing and existing tank that you contact a registered OFTEC oil tank installers in your area, call Andrew on 07434 691 809.

1) Draining Your Old Oil Tank

The first step to replace your oil tank is to turn off the supply of oil to the boiler. This can be done by turning off the outlet valve at the bottom of the oil tank. Make sure to have another spare tank or drums ready to transfer the remaining heating oil from the old tank. Most companies that replace oil tanks have a spare tank for this purpose.

To remove the heating oil, you will need a 12v fuel transfer pump and a 12v lead acid battery, similar to the one used in cars. The pump has two rubber hoses, one with a filter and the other with a fuel nozzle. The pump sucks the oil up the hose, through the pump, and into the spare tank or drums.

How to replace an oil tank Northern Ireland

12v Fuel transfer pump and 12v battery

As you drain the oil, it is recommended to leave around 50 litres at the bottom of the old tank as it may contain dirt and water. Once the good heating oil has been transferred, disconnect the old tank and move it to a safe location ready for oil tank disposal.

2) Install Temporary Tank & Restore Heating

During the installation of a new oil tank, it is important to restore your heating system so that you can keep your home warm, especially during the winter months. This can be done by using a temporary drum equipped with a 1/2 lever valve and a 1/2 inch by 10mm reducer. By connecting the 10mm fuel line to the temporary drum and removing any air from the fuel line, you can restart your boiler and restore heating to your home.

The process of draining the old tank, potentially adjusting the new tanks location to comply with OFTEC regulations, and ordering a new oil tank, can take up to 4 – 7 days to replace an oil tank.

3) Location of New Oil Tank and Base

As mentioned above, the original base and location of your oil tank may not comply with OFTEC regulations for the storage of domestic fuel.  Oil tanks are now prohibited from being placed next to buildings or boundary fences. In the past, it was common to see oil tanks positioned closely against garage walls, the side of a house, or in a garden corner next to a fence.

In order to comply with the new oil tank regulations, the oil tank must be situated at a minimum distance of 760mm from any building or boundary fence. Additionally, the base on which the oil tank is placed must be constructed using materials such as concrete, breeze block, lintels, and pavers. Furthermore, the oil tank base should have dimensions that are at least 300mm larger than the circumference of the oil tank.

Replacing an oil tank with a bunded oil tank NI

Bunded oil tank and base ✅

If you are intending to store a quantity of 2500 litres or more of heating oil, it is mandatory to have a bunded oil tank installed. Additionally, if your oil tank is situated near a river, stream, or any other waterway, it is also necessary to have a bunded oil tank.

4) Connect Fuel Line and Transfer Oil

After your new oil tank has been delivered and placed on your base, it is important to reconnect the fuel oil line. It is highly recommended to have an OFTEC technician or a boiler heating engineer perform this task. OFTEC registered installers have the ability to self-certify their own work, and building control is not involved in this process.

Once the tank has been properly connected, the next step is to transfer the heating oil that was previously stored into the new oil tank. The process remains the same as before, using a 12v fuel transfer pump to complete the transfer.

5) Bleeding the Fuel Line

After the installation of the new oil tank, the final step involves removing the air from the fuel line to ensure the smooth flow of heating oil to the boiler. For this purpose, most boilers are equipped with a bleed valve that can be loosened with an allen key.

First, loosen the bleed valve using the allen key. As you do this, be prepared to collect any oil that comes out in the container. Allow some time for any air bubbles present in the fuel line to escape. You will know this process is complete when there is a consistent flow of oil without any air bubbles.

Bleed valve riello rdb boiler

Bleed valve on Riello RDB boiler

Once the air has been successfully removed and there is a consistent flow of oil, close the bleed valve. Now, test the boiler to ensure that it fires up as expected. This will confirm that the oil is flowing properly and there are no issues with the installation.

5) Removing the Old Decommissioned Oil Tank

All storage tanks used to store heating oil (kerosene) are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of at a licensed facility capable of handling this type of waste. The governing body responsible for overseeing and monitoring the movement of hazardous waste is the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency (NIEA).

If you hire an oil tank replacement company, they will handle the disposal of the oil tank on your behalf. A consignment must be purchased from the NIEA, the consignment number will be allocated to a pre-notification form that informs the NIEA of your address, the type of waste, and the collection date.

If you are claiming a grant as part of the affordable warmth scheme, you must hire the services of a qualified heating engineer or an OFTEC technician to replace your oil tank. The company responsible for disposing of the oil tank must be licensed and is required to submit a pre-notification before collection.

Oil Tank Services in Northern Ireland

Removerr is a company based in North Down, serving customers in Northern Ireland. We offer a range of oil tank services in, Bangor, Belfast, Lisburn, Portadown, Armagh, Downpatrick, and the surrounding areas. Our services include oil tank replacement, oil tank removal, water in oil tank detection, oil spill cleanup. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Andrew at 07434 691 809.

Regulations for oil tanks bases in Northern Ireland

What are the Regulations for Oil Tank Bases?

If you are planning to install an oil tank on your property in Northern Ireland, it is important to familiarise yourself with the regulations set out by OFTEC. These regulations cover the location of the tank as well as the size and construction of the oil tank base. In this article, we will discuss the regulations for oil tank bases in Northern Ireland.

If you need an oil tank replacement or have detected an oil spill on your property, call Andrew on 07434 691 809.

OFTEC Legal Requirements and Compliance

In the UK, it is important to follow legal requirements and regulations when installing oil tanks and their bases. These measures are designed to protect the environment and prevent pollution, as well as minimise the risks of oil spills, flood damage, and fire. The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) is a trade association that represents manufacturers of heating equipment that use liquid fuel. OFTEC is responsible for establishing the standards for the installation and maintenance of solid fuel heating systems, including the oil tank bases, throughout the UK.

Oil Tank Base Installation

When constructing an oil tank base, it is important to take into account the weight of the tank when it is filled with oil. Kerosene weighs around 0.79kg per litre. If you intend to install a 1000 litre bunded tank which weighs 130kg when empty, the overall weight when it is full will be 920kg.

Oil tank bases are commonly made of either a solid concrete slab or the tank base maybe elevated with breeze blocks, lintels, and flags, depending on the location of the boiler. When installing an oil tank base, it is important to ensure that the bottom of the oil tank outlet is positioned higher than the boiler inlet. This allows for the natural flow of fuel to the boiler through gravity.

However, if the oil tank outlet is lower than the boiler inlet, it can create problems such as the accumulation of air and gas bubbles in the fuel line. To resolve this issue, a TigerLoop may be required. A TigerLoop is a device that removes air and gas bubbles from the fuel line, ensuring a smooth flow of oil to the boiler.

Oil Tank Base Regulations

Before installing an oil tank base, it is important to determine the size of the oil tank that will be installed. The dimensions of the tank will determine the size of the base. According to OFTEC regulations, the oil tank base should be 300mm larger than the circumference of the tank. Regardless of the shape of the oil tank, the base should be 300mm larger on all sides.

Oil tank base regulations Northern Ireland

Concrete base and Elevated oil tank base

Constructing an Oil Tank Base

After identifying and marking the position for your oil tank base, the next step is to dig out the ground to create a level surface and allow for hardcore materials. When constructing an oil tank base using poured concrete, it is recommended to have a minimum depth of 100mm. Additionally, you should include another 50mm of compacted hardcore, making the total thickness 150mm. If the ground where you’re laying the concrete base has poor drainage, it’s advisable to add extra hardcore to compensate for the inadequate drainage.

To ensure the wet poured concrete stays in place until it sets, you will need to create a sturdy formwork using 4 x 2-inch timbers. This formwork must be constructed on top of the compacted hardcore and securely held in place by driving stakes into the ground. It is important to check that the formwork is perfectly level and that the measurements comply with OFTEC regulations.

To increase the durability and minimise the likelihood of cracks in a large concrete slab, it is advisable to incorporate steel reinforcement. This can be done by using either wire mesh or rebar.

Concrete oil tank base

Concrete base using steel reinforcement

Regulations for Oil Tank Location

When replacing or installing a new oil tank, it is often necessary to relocate the tank and its base, especially in older properties. You might be interested in an earlier article, best oil tank location that covers the latest OFTEC regulations regarding the safe storage of liquid fuel on your property.

It is important to note that failing to comply with the new regulations may invalidate your home insurance, in the event of a claim.

OFTEC official guidelines for storing domestic liquid fuel storage up to 3500 litres.

Oil Tank Services in Northern Ireland

If you require a new oil tank base, oil tank replacement or oil tank removal, contact Andrew on 07434 691 809. Our technicians are OFTEC registered and can self certify their work which complies with building regulations. If you are claiming a grant as part of the affordable warmth scheme in Northern Ireland, please be aware that all work involving the installation or replacement of oil tank bases, oil tanks and boilers needs to be certified and inspected by building control before payment is released.