Metal oil tank removal in Bangor, Co Down

Metal Oil Tank Removal in Bangor, Co Down

We recently received a job inquiry from a customer for a metal oil tank removal in Bangor, Co Down. The property was recently purchased, and the previous owners neglected to remove the oil tank following a gas conversion.

If you require the removal and disposal of a metal or steel oil tank, please contact Andrew at 07434 691 809 or email

Oil Tank Removal and Disposal

Removing metal oil tanks is a bit more complicated than removing plastic ones, as demonstrated in this example. The specific oil tank in question held approximately 150 litres of oil and was raised on concrete blocks, with a wooden timber framed garage surrounding it.

When dealing with metal oil tanks, it is important to remember that although kerosene and diesel have a lower flash point compared to petrol, precautions must still be taken to prevent generating heat or creating an ignition source. To safely cut a metal tank, a technique called cold cutting is employed, which eliminates both sparks and heat.

How to Remove a Steel Oil Tank

1) Turn off the bottom outlet valve to stop the flow of oil into the fuel line
2) Cut a medium sized hole, usually at one end or the side of the tank using a cold cutting tool
3) Drain any remaining oil out of the tank using a fuel transfer pump
4) Disconnect any remaining pipes or connections attached to the tank, such as fuel lines
5) If the tank cannot be lifted out, carefully cut it into smaller pieces using a cold cutting tool designed for cutting metal.
6) Dispose of the tank and any remaining oil a licensed facility that can process hazardous waste

Metal oil tank disposal in North Down

Previously cut metal oil tank

Metal Oil Tank Regulations in Northern Ireland

To monitor and control the movement of hazardous waste, the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency classifies all oil tanks, whether made of metal or plastic, as hazardous waste. To move a metal oil tank a consignment number must be purchased and allocated to a prenotification form, which is then sent via email to the hazardous waste team. This form contains important information such as the customer’s address, collection date, type of waste, estimated weight, contractor details, and the address of the hazardous waste facility.

For domestic metal oil tanks, a minimum notice of 1 day is required prior to collection. On the other hand, commercial metal oil tanks require a minimum notice of 3 days before they can be collected.

Oil Tank Services Northern Ireland

Removerr offers a range of oil tank services in, Bangor, Belfast, Lisburn, Portadown, Armagh, Downpatrick, Newry and the surrounding areas. Our services include oil tank replacement, oil tank removal, water in oil tank, oil spill response. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Andrew at 07434 691 809.

Are asbestos fibres visible to the human eye

Are Asbestos Fibres Visible to the Human Eye?

Are asbestos fibres visible to the human eye? The simple answer is NO. Asbestos fibres cannot be seen by the human eye; they are microscopic in size, with diameters ranging from 0.1 to 20 micrometers. In comparison, asbestos fibres can be up to 700 times smaller than a human hair.

The Dangers and Types of Asbestos Fibres

Asbestos is primarily made up of six minerals that occur naturally: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite. Chrysotile is the most common type and has long, curly fibres, while amosite and crocidolite fibres are typically straight and needle-like. Regardless of the type or shape, all asbestos fibres are not visible to the naked eye.

Chrysotile is the most commonly used type of asbestos, It is mostly found in various construction materials such as roof tiles, corrugated sheets, cement boards, gutters, downpipes, soil pipes, soffit boards, boiler flues, and gaskets.

Chrysotile asbestos is considered to be relatively safer compared to other forms because during its manufacture, it is mixed with other materials to create a cement slurry. This mixing process binds the fibres within the material, reducing the risk of exposure to the fibres.

Are Asbestos Fibres Visible to the Human Eye?

The image below showcases the remarkable size difference between asbestos fibres and a human hair. These fibres are so incredibly small that they cannot be seen without magnification, emphasising their danger.

Asbestos fibres vs human hair

Asbestos fibres vs human hair

If you reside in Northern Ireland and discover asbestos on your property, contact or call 07434 691 809. We are experienced in removing various types of asbestos, including corrugated sheets, roof tiles, cement boards, boilers flues, soil pipes and guttering.

Asbestos is considered hazardous waste, and in Northern Ireland, it is necessary to inform the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency (NIEA) at least three days before its collection. As part of this process, customers will receive a copy of the paperwork submitted to the NIEA as proof of our compliance.

Popular areas we cover across NI, Belfast, Londonderry, Lisburn, Newry, Newtownabbey, Enniskillen.

How to test for water in your oil tank

How to Test for Water in Your Oil Tank

Water in an oil tank may occur due to condensed moisture or a leak from a crack or an ill-fitted filler cap. When a sufficient amount of water enters the tank and spills into the fuel line, it prevents the boiler from functioning since the kerosene fuel becomes contaminated and water does not burn. How to test for water in your oil tank? the process is actually quite simple and only requires a few minutes of your time.

Water Finding Paste for Oil Tanks

To check for water in your heating oil tank, you will require two items: water finding paste and a long stick or pole that can reach the tank’s bottom. The widely used water finding paste available for purchase online is “Kolor Kut Water Finding Paste,” priced at £13.99 on Amazon.

water testing paste for oil tanks

Water finding paste

How to Test for Water in Your Oil Tank:

1) Apply a thin strip of paste on the bottom 6 inches of a stick or pole.

2) Lower the stick into the oil tank until it reaches the bottom.

3) Wait for 30 seconds to allow the paste to detect the presence of water. If water is present, the paste will change colour to red.

Testing for water in heating oil tank Northern Ireland

4 Inches of water detected in oil tank

The majority of outlet valves on oil tanks have a height of approximately 50mm from the bottom of the tank. This design allows any water, dirt, or contaminants to settle at the bottom without entering the fuel line. If, after conducting a water test on your tank, you discover more than 1 inch of water as indicated by the paste, there is a strong likelihood that the water is responsible for the problem with your heating system.

How do Remover Water From an Oil Tank?

To remove water from an oil tank, you will need a fuel transfer pump and multiple 20-liter drums to collect the contaminated oil. The amount of water present in the tank will determine the volume of oil you need to drain.

Start by using the fuel transfer pump to drain the contaminated oil into the drums. You will notice that the liquid going into the drums appears dirty and similar to water. Once the colour changes to amber, indicating the presence of kerosene oil, stop the pump and retest using water finding paste. If the paste does not change colour, it means all the water has been removed. However, if the colour remains red, you will need to repeat the process of draining more contaminated oil until all the water has been removed.

After removing the water from the tank, clean the filter and drain the fuel line to eliminate any remaining water. There is a possibility that the fuel pump on the boiler may be damaged, but you can test this by running your boiler.

Oil Tank Services Northern Ireland

Removerr offers a range of oil tank services in, Bangor, Belfast, Lisburn, Portadown, Armagh, Downpatrick, Newry and the surrounding areas. Our services include oil tank replacement, oil tank removal, water in oil tank, oil spill response. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Andrew at 07434 691 809.

Asbestos guttering and soil pipe removal Northern Ireland

Asbestos Guttering and Soil Pipe Removal

If your property was constructed prior to the 1980s, there is a high likelihood that the guttering and soil pipe may contain asbestos. Asbestos was officially prohibited for use in building materials in 1999. A significant number of asbestos removal projects in Northern Ireland are a result of renovation work being done to a property, which often includes replacing asbestos guttering and soil pipes with PVC.

If you are in need of asbestos guttering and soil pipe removal, please reach out to Andrew at 07434 691 809 or email:

Asbestos soil pipe guttering removal Northern Ireland

Asbestos soil pipe disposal

How Dangerous is Asbestos Guttering and Soil Pipes?

Asbestos guttering and soil pipes are made by combining asbestos fibres with cement slurry, resulting in a durable and fire-resistant material that has proven to last for many years. Fortunately, the following asbestos products – including soil pipes, corrugated sheets, guttering, and cement boards – contain only 10-15% white asbestos (chrysotile) fibres in their construction.

These products pose a lower risk to human health compared to other asbestos-containing materials, which can consist of up to 100% asbestos. Examples of these more hazardous asbestos products include hot water pipe lagging, the insulation lining of stoves and old domestic heaters, spray-on ceiling treatments, vermiculite attic insulation, the backing of sheet vinyl floor tiles and linoleum floor covering, and boiler insulation.

Asbestos Guttering and Soil Pipe Removal

The cost of removing asbestos guttering or soil pipes varies depending on the amount of asbestos, location, and whether removal and disposal are required or just disposal. In some cases, a separate contractor, typically a builder, may have already removed the asbestos, and it only needs to be collected and disposed of at a licensed waste facility equipped to handle asbestos.

All asbestos must be double-wrapped in thick 1000-gauge plastic before transportation. A consignment number must be purchased from the NIEA (Northern Ireland Environmental Agency) and assigned to a prenotification that informs them of the type of asbestos and the intended date for removal.

Asbestos is classified as hazardous, so its movement is tracked to ensure safe disposal in line with the guidelines set out by the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency. Prenotification must be submitted at least 3 days prior to any asbestos collection.

Asbestos Disposal Service NI

If you would like a free, no-obligation quotation for the removal of asbestos guttering, soil pipes, corrugated sheets, tiles, cement boards, please send a few images of the asbestos along with your location to or WhatsApp them to 07434 691 809.

Asbestos contractor Northern Ireland

Asbestos corrugated sheets, removal and disposal

We cover popular locations across Northern Ireland, including Bangor, Belfast, Lisburn, Newry, Downpatrick, Londonderry, Omagh, Enniskillen, and Coleraine.

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Asbestos removal Limavady County Londonderry

Asbestos Removal in Limavady, County Londonderry

In Limavady, County Londonderry, a recent project involved the removal of 28 corrugated asbestos sheets from a farm shop built in the 1950s. The farm shop was being demolished to make way for a charming bungalow and garage.

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1950’s farm shop with an old asbestos roof

If you require asbestos removal and disposal, contact Andrew on 07434 691 809 or email

Asbestos Skip Hire vs Asbestos Wrapping

Due to the high cost of hauling charges, we opted not to hire a skip to remove the corrugated sheets in Limavady. Instead, we decided on a different solution. After removing the sheets, we double wrapped them with thick 1000 gauge plastic and securely taped them for transport. The entire asbestos removal process took a day and a half. The first day involved removing and wrapping the sheets, while the second day was dedicated to transporting them to the asbestos waste facility for processing which is approximately 70 miles away from Limavady.

The Cost for Asbestos Removal

There are several factors that affect the cost of asbestos removal, including the location, materials required (such as plastic, tape, and blades), NIEA consignment number, gate fee, staff fees, and asbestos disposal costs. In this specific job, we utilised 30 meters of 1000 gauge plastic and 120 meters of duct tape to properly wrap and secure 28 corrugated sheets of asbestos.

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Asbestos wrapped in thick 1000 gauge plastic

The price range for a single story garage roof asbestos removal and disposal typically varies between £1295 and £2195. The cost is influenced by factors such as the square footage of the roof and the type of asbestos material used, which can be either corrugated sheets or tiles.

If you have asbestos that needs to be disposed of, the cost can be minimised if the asbestos has already been removed and only requires proper wrapping and disposal. However, it is important to note that removing asbestos is not a task suitable for DIY unless you have prior experience and possess a professional respirator specifically designed for handling asbestos safely.

Asbestos Removal Company in Northern Ireland

Removerr offers asbestos removal services across Northern Ireland. Our team is experienced in removing different types of asbestos materials, including corrugated sheets, tiles, cement boards, boilers flues, soil pipes, and guttering. To ensure safety, all asbestos is double wrapped in thick plastic on-site before transportation.

We provide customers with a copy of the prenotification submitted to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), informing them of the asbestos removal process. As asbestos is classified as hazardous waste, the NIEA requires a minimum of three days’ notice before collection.

For smaller asbestos removal jobs, we can efficiently remove the asbestos, wrap it securely, and deliver it on the same day.

If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact or give us a call at 07434 691 809.