3 things to consider if you're new to oil tanks
13 May 2019
Congratulations! You’ve just bought your dream home in the country.
If it comes with an oil tank this could mean that alongside planning, organising and packing, you’ll be finding out about using domestic heating oil. Thankfully it’s not hard to adjust to heating oil – it really can be like using mains gas if you do these few things before you move in:
Make sure it’s covered
You’ll need to include your oil tank on your home insurance cover, or get a separate policy, to make sure you’re insured in the event of a leak or spill.
We recommend you choose an insurance company that offers cover for any loss of fuel through theft or spillage. You’ll be liable for any clean-up costs if oil from your tank leaks into the environment or gets into local water ways, so it’s important to make sure you’re adequately covered.
Get the tank inspected
You'll need to know what state your oil tank’s in so you can maintain it properly and prove to your insurance company that you’ve been responsible in the event of a claim.
We recommend you get your oil tank inspected at least once a year. This will ensure your tank’s safe, complies with regulations and is functioning well without any leaks, cracks or undue stress. Your inspection should also include a lifespan estimate so you can plan for the cost of replacement.
Making sure your tank’s well maintained will help to avoid leaks or spills and ensure your oil provider can deliver your fuel safely.
Fill it up
Once your oil tank’s insured and you know it’s in fine working order all that’s left to do is fill it up!
You can opt-in to a tank monitoring service that automatically orders more oil for you when you need it, making your life easier. Many of these services charge to fit the monitor or to use the service, but with Silvey’s easiLIFE plan, it’s free.
Moving from mains gas to home heating oil can be simple. To guarantee you have a safe supply of heating oil for your home all you need to do is make sure you’re properly insured, keep your tank well maintained and sign up to a tank monitoring service.
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