Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Oil Tank Maintenance, in the vast majority of situations there is no real way of storing oil for your oil boiler other than in a large oil tank which is situated outside of your main property for both safety and logistical reasons.
Unfortunately, this can make your precious oil vulnerable to theft. By following these instructions, you should be able to ensure that your oil does not get taken by thieves.
When installing or replacing an oil tank it is important to think in terms of security, safety, and access when it comes to positioning it. Ideally, the oil tank should be easily viewed from within your home so that you will be able to see any robbers that may be interfering with it.
It is of the utmost importance to make sure that your oil tank’s vent (sometimes called the ‘breather’) is not in any way blocked as ventilation is an integral part of how your oil tank runs. If it does get blocked off then serious problems can arise such as your tank splitting, which is not only very expensive to repair, but also very dangerous.
Care must also be taken to ensure that the oil delivering company will have easy access to the fill point and that the oil gauge is easily viewed.
An oil tank’s gauge (sometimes known as a ‘verifier’) is a device which is used to measure how much oil there is in the tank (the most advanced types are accurate to within a fraction of an inch). You should always check to ensure that your oil gauge is attached to the oil tank correctly so that you can guarantee that it is giving out accurate readings. This will allow you to ensure that you get the right amount of oil when it is delivered to you. It will also make it much easier for you to check your oil levels should you suspect that your tank is being targeted by thieves. Some types of oil gauge can be used remotely and will issue an audible warning when the oil level drops below a certain point. Should the alarm sound at an unexpected time, you will then be in a position to react accordingly.
While locking your oil tank won’t make it 100% safe from thieves, it will certainly decrease the chances of your oil being robbed. Certainly, it will deter some criminals or, at the very least, make life more difficult for them. Some oil tanks have lids with their own lockable valves or some other such method of restricting access to your oil. In other cases, you will be able to purchase a specially designed lockable cap to add to your tank. It is always a good idea to consult with your oil delivery company or the engineer who installed your tank in order to see what options are available to you.
Having your tank in a well-lit area will make robbers think twice about interfering with your oil tank and make it easier for you to spot them if they do. However, leaving lights on all night needlessly wastes electricity in addition to creating a nuisance for people who are trying to sleep. Installing a motion detecting light which only switches on when it detects movement gives you the protection offered by illuminating your oil tank without the added cost of increased electricity bills. They can be calibrated to only go off when something as large as a person enters their field of detection, meaning that it won’t get needlessly set off by a wandering cat.
The installation of a CCTV camera directed toward the oil tank is also a solid investment. The presence of CCTV cameras has been known to deter crime. If the robbers do decide to go ahead with stealing your oil, the CCTV camera will make it much easier for the authorities to catch them (especially if you combine your CCTV with suitable lighting).