Domestic Tank Replacement – A Guide

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Nick Saunders

Operations Manager at J.W Hinchliffe Tanks

Tank Install

Domestic Tank Replacement – A Guide

The object of this article is to give some information on how our team carry out a Domestic Tank Replacement. This guide includes information on what the process is, and what to expect when our team carries out a tank replacement for you. It must be recognised that any works on fuel and oil tanks should be carried out by a competent and experienced contractor. The contractor should adopt practices in line with guidance such as ‘Design, Construction, Modification, Maintenance and Decommissioning of Filling Stations (4th Edition), OFTEC Technical Book 3, HSE Guidance and Best Practice and all legal duties set out under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

An Introduction to Domestic Tank Replacement

There are many reasons why you would want to replace an oil or fuel tank. Whether it be because you heating has failed, or because the tank is unsightly, an oil tank replacement could be the answer. Not only will our team install your new tank, but we can dispose of the old one, with minimal disruption to you. All tanks that we install, will be done so in line with current building and environmental regulations. To give you peace of mind, every new oil tank is installed with a six year warranty, backed by OFTEC, to ensure you have peace of mind. In regards to disposal of your old oil tank, this will be carried out in line with hazardous waste regulations. A certificate of decommissioning will be given to you for your old tank.

The Process

Your old tank will ideally be empty or close to being empty before the process of tank removal starts. Alternatively, you can choose to have your fuel stored locally and can be pumped into the new one when installed. Our operatives will then begin to pump out any liquid using commercial pumps and suction lines until bottomed out. The remaining residue can be sucked out using a commerical vacuum. The empty tank can then be removed whole or cut into pieces using hot or cold cutting methods, if access is not ideal. For more informtion on tank removals see here. A new tank can then be moved into the old tanks location. If you would like it in a new location that can be arranged. It’s important to note, that if alterations need to be made e.g. a new base laid, we would carry out the preparatory work prior to disconnecting your tank. The new tank will be connected by our engineers and your installation would be registered with OFTEC to ensure that it meets local building regulations. Click here to find out more about our domestic tank replacements, along with FAQ’s and how to obtain a quote.  

J. W. Hinchliffe (Tanks) Ltd

As a company, J W Hinchliffe (Tanks) Ltd have specialised in fuel and oil tank decommissioning for nearly 50 years. Using our own in-house team, we can offer a bespoke service to meet the needs of any client, from transport operators, to the construction and public sectors. If you would like to know more about the services we offer, please see our services page.  If you would like to contact us directly, you can email [email protected] or call directly on 01132635163 where you can speak immediately to an experienced tank decommissioning engineer. All of our work is carried out in line with current best practice and legislation. You can read more industry news through organisations such as the APEA (Association for Petroleum & Explosives Administration) by clicking here. You can follow us across our many social media channels here – LinkedinInstagram and Facebook 

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