Tank Management TOP TIPS

We’re here to help you maintain your tank in tip-top condition, making sure your fuel oil is delivered safely is our priority.

Keeping your oil tank in good condition means you'll receive seamless deliveries and maximise your tank's lifespan. 

As a responsible fuel oil supplier and a member of UKIFDA (UK & Ireland Fuel Distributors Association), we follow the organisation’s best practice recommendations with regard to tank maintenance.

Safety comes first at Kettlewell Fuels, especially when it comes to our customers, our team and the protection of the environment. You can find out more here.

Helping to support you with tank maintenance, each time our highly-trained drivers deliver they:

  Undertake a delivery and tank assessment

  Check for clear access

  Check your tank for cracks, bulges and rust

  Review the valve, gauge, vent and labelling

  Assess the tank support and look for signs of subsidence

  Check for a strong smell of fuel oil

  Ensure your tank meets oil storage guidelines

Good basic knowledge can go a long way to ensuring your oil system runs smoothly and cost-effectively

Check your tank monthly

Check the condition of your tank regularly. Look for wear and tear, and make sure there is no strong smell of fuel oil.

For plastic tanks, inspect for whitening, cracking and splits or any bulging or warping.

On metal tanks, look for signs of rust, pitting or blistering of paint and for any oil staining or dampness on seams and welds.

Any problems should be fixed as soon as possible by an OFTEC technician. Through our business partners, we offer tank installation, servicing and maintenance.

Check the tank's base and support

Cracks can occur or even subsidence so check the base of your tank and any supporting structures for signs of failure.

Assess your tank's bunding

Clear any rubbish away from, or out of, your tank's secondary containment or bunding and search for liquid too.

Keep access to your tank clear

Keep your tank clear of any overgrown plants, debris or structures that may hide or interfere with the condition of your tank. This will also ensure our drivers are able to see and access the whole tank to conduct the delivery inspection.

If there are plants nearby see if any are dying – it could be a sign there’s a leak.

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Check your oil level

Keep approximately 12 inches of oil in the bottom of your tank.

If you allow your tank to run too low, you run the risk of disrupting the sediment that settles at the tank's base. This can clog up your supply pipe and lead to costly repairs.

Click here to watch our How to Measure Your Oil video

Make sure your tank's gauge is working

Your oil tank should have a contents gauge, ensure it is working and if it has a valve make sure it’s closed.

Click here to watch our Digital Monitor video

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Stay secure

Although oil theft is rare, please check your oil tank is as secure as possible. Measures you can take include installing a tank lock, an alarm that goes off if your tank leaks, CCTV and security lights.

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Check your insurance is up-to-date

Make sure that your insurance policy covers your oil tank - most home insurance policies do not include this in the standard cover. You need to be covered for loss of fuel through theft and oil spills.

Book an OFTEC annual check

The Environment Agency and (UKIFDA) recommend that your oil tank should be inspected annually as part of your regular heating system service.  An OFTEC registered technician can advise you on when you should consider replacing your tank.

The annual inspection will usually include:

Inspection and replacement (if necessary) of the filter, valves, pipework and seals

Checks for water in the oil

Check the integrity of the tank and the tank gauge

Full base assessment and foliage cut back

When the inspection is carried out by an OFTEC registered technician you will receive a full visit report and notification of any further work that is required. 

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Get a free tank inspection

Our expert oil tank partner is OFTEC registered and offers FREE tank inspections and can also be booked to undertake your annual check.

To arrange an appointment, please call our experienced team on 01765 640682 or email sales@kettlewellfuels.co.uk


UKIFDA's Your Home - Your Oil Tank Guide

For additional help and advice to help you manage your oil tank, please download the UKIFDA Your Home - Your Oil Tank guide.

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