Do I need a bunded heating oil tank

Do I Need a Bunded Heating Oil Tank?

If you are a resident of Northern Ireland and thinking about replacing your old oil tank, it is important to consider whether a bunded heating oil tank may be necessary instead of a single skin oil tank. In this article, I will discuss the keys differences between bunded and single skin storage tanks and answer a common question many householders have, do I need a bunded heating oil tank?

Bunded vs Single Skin Storage Tanks

A bunded oil tank consists of two tanks: an inner skin that holds the heating oil and an outer layer that is larger than the inner skin. The purpose of having two skins is to prevent oil leaks. In the event that the inner tank fails and leaks oil, the outer skin will contain the oil. However, the construction of a bunded tank requires additional materials and manufacturing costs, which is why the prices are generally double that of a single skin tank. For example, a single skin tank with a capacity of 1000 litres typically costs between £400 and £550. On the other hand, a bunded tank with the same capacity will cost between £950 and £1100.

Do I Need A Bunded Heating Oil Tank?

A domestic property may not require a bunded oil tank if it is storing less than 2,500 litres of fuel. The need for a bunded tank depends on the risk of environmental pollution. However, there are situations where a bunded tank is legally required in a domestic setting:

  • If your oil tank is situated close to an open drain or manhole cover.
  • The tank your installing holds more than 2,500 litres of heating oil.
  • Your storing heating oil for a building other than a single family dwelling.
  • The location of your oil tank is within 10 metres of a river, lake, pond or the ocean.
  • Your tank is located within 50m of a borehole, spring or well.
  • In close proximity to any other environmental hazards.

Bunded heating oil tank in Northern Ireland

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Disadvantages of Single Skin Tanks

Single skin oil tanks, particularly in the UK’s weather conditions, are susceptible to condensation that forms on the inner walls of the tank. This can lead to water accumulation at the bottom, posing a risk of entering the fuel line and causing damage to the boiler.

Additionally, exposure to sunlight and UV rays causes the plastic of the tank to gradually discolour and turn white. Over time, this can lead to the plastic expanding, twisting, and bowing, resulting in hairline cracks. During the winter months, any moisture that seeps into these cracks can freeze, causing further damage and potentially leading to the tank rupturing.

The majority of domestic oil spills across Northern Ireland occur in single skin oil tanks.

Should I Install a Bunded Oil Tank?

Since the implementation of new oil tank regulations on January 1, 2020, the NIEA has classified all domestic oil tanks as hazardous waste. This is significant because over 60% of homes in Northern Ireland rely on heating oil (kerosene) to warm their home. If you find yourself needing to replace an old or damaged oil tank, it would be wise to consider investing in a bunded oil tank. Not only does this come with an additional warranty, but it also offers peace of mind in the event of an oil leak. The outer skin of a bunded tank is designed to contain any kerosene that may escape, preventing an environmental disaster from occurring.

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Should I buy a second hand oil tank

Should I Buy a Second Hand Oil Tank?

If you are on a budget and need to replace your old oil tank due to damage or an oil leak, you might be considering purchasing a second-hand tank from platforms like Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace. While the potential savings may be significant, and with interest rates and inflation continuing to rise, buying a used oil tank as a replacement may seem like a tempting option. However, in my professional opinion, I advise against purchasing used oil tanks for several reasons, which I will explain in more detail below.

Second Hand Oil Tanks Don’t Have a Warranty

When purchasing a new oil tank, you can rely on the manufacturer warranty for peace of mind. Single oil tanks come with a standard 2-year warranty, while bunded oil tanks have a longer 10-year warranty. If the tank fails within the warranty period, the manufacturer will repair or replace it at no cost to the customer.

When buying a second-hand oil tank, the warranty is usually no longer valid. This means there is no manufacturer warranty or guarantee on the tank’s lifespan. Additionally, the heating engineer or plumber hired to install the tank will not stand over their work due to the uncertainty surrounding the second-hand tank.

Typically, a single skin heating oil tank can last up to 10 years before needing replacement. Bunded tanks have a longer lifespan, lasting up to 20 years. Purchasing and installing a second-hand tank carries inherent risks, and customers may need to sign a waiver acknowledging that the tank is installed at their own risk and that the heating engineer or plumber is not liable for any defects.

Second hand oil tanks for sale

Second hand oil tanks for sale

Should I Buy a Second Hand Oil Tank?

According to OFTEC, the Oil Firing Technical Association, approximately 3,000 oil spill pollution incidents are reported to environmental regulators in the UK each year. However, this figure only represents the reported cases, and the actual number of oil spills may be higher. It is worth noting that rectifying a serious oil spill from an oil tank can incur costs ranging from £10,000 to £20,000 on average.

When considering if you should buy a second hand oil tank, the answer is generally a NO. The initials savings from buying a use oil tank are considerable where you can pick up a tank for £50, but with no manufacture warranty and the increased risk of a possible oil spill, the risks are simply to great. The potential consequences of an oil spill, both in terms of the financial expenses and risk to the environmental, make purchasing a second hand oil tank a bad investment.

Second Hand Bunded Oil Tanks

If you are on a budget and looking to replace an oil tank, it is advisable to avoid purchasing a used single skin oil tank. Instead, consider buying a second-hand bunded oil tank. While this may not be a perfect solution, it offers some advantages. A bunded oil tank has an inner skin that holds the oil, should there be an oil leak, the oil will be contained within the outer container.

Bunded oil tanks are designed to safeguard the environment in the event of an oil leak. They provide an extra layer of protection and reduce the risk of oil escaping. The cost of a new 1000 litre bunded oil tank can range from £850 to £1150 on average. However, you can find second-hand bunded oil tanks for a lower price range of £300 to £450.

Before purchasing a second-hand oil tank, it is advisable to check with your home insurance to see if you are covered in the case of an oil leak.

Oil Tank Services Northern Ireland

Removerr offer a range of oil tank services across Northern Ireland to include, oil tank removal, oil tank replacement, oil spill clean up and more. If you have any questions contact andrew@removerr.co.uk or call 07434 691 809. Popular areas we cover, North Down, Belfast, Newry, Portadown, Carrickfergus, Armagh.

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