Quite often water builds up inside a steel or plastic oil tank, this is caused by a number of factors such as condensation (in the case of a steel tank), broken tank vents or loose connections on top of the tank. Regular tank checks by one of our OFTEC registered tank technician should prevent this happening, please click onto our Maintenance of tank link for more information.
Generally the first sign of water in the tank is when the boiler locks out or the cookers burner goes out. If the water is undetected for some time it can cause damage to the pump on the boilers burner or the wick in the cookers burner. Both instances are expensive and inconvenient.
Should the worst happen our trained technicians have become experienced at removing the water from tanks, without pumping out all of the tanks contents. This makes the procedure more efficient as we don’t have to wait on site whilst the oil and water separates.
We can also blow the fuel line through to remove the water residues from the oil line and clean out or replace the filters on the tank or oil line. Once this has been completed we can then bleed through the oil and restart the appliance. This work is often carried out by one of our OFTEC registered boiler engineers, so if the pump has seized on the burner we can replace it to ensure we leave you with heat. Of course if your usual boiler engineer would like to do this we are more than happy just to remove the water from the tank.
All oily water must be disposed of at a licensed waste disposal facility, we can either arrange this for you or you can purchase one of our drums and make your own arrangements as some local authority waste sites are able to take this waste.