A Beginners Guide On How To Prepare For An Oil Tank Installation

how to prepare for oil tank installation

Although it may sound complex, preparing for an oil tank is easier than you think. At Oil 4 Wales, we make this process even easier by taking on heating processes, servicing, and even full installation as well. Nonetheless, let's break down the process of an oil tank installation to give you an idea of what to expect. First of all, the trick to an easy oil tank installation is thorough preparation. Once a plan is in place, the rest of the work comes down to knowing differences and other small factors about oil tanks to see how they fit into your situation. To make this process easier to manage, we've asked our proven and experience Oil 4 Wales engineers to give us some of the main factors to look out for during this process. With this in mind, here is a guide on how to prepare for an oil tank installation. 

How Do Oil Tanks Work 

Before even starting your planning process, it's beneficial to understand how oil tanks work and how they will heat your home. That said, the thermostat is what will show when your tank activates. Apart from that, know that the oil pump process goes through a filter to an atomizer. Depending on the type of distribution system your home has, these might be the only technical aspects of an oil tank you need to know. 

Outdoor Vs. Indoor Oil Tanks 

Another thing to keep in mind is that oil tanks can be placed either indoors or outside. Quite obviously, whatever setting your oil tank is in will require specific maintenance. For an outdoor tank, you want to make sure it is well protected against the harsh weather conditions. As a pro tip, consider not saving space by keeping your tank inside as it won't require any additional maintenance against outside elements. 

Underground Vs. Above Ground Oil Tanks 

Apart from choosing whether your tank should be inside or outside, you can also choose whether it's placed underground or above ground. Above ground, tanks are typically easier to access to make any adjustments or changes if needed. With underground tanks, the advantage they provide is that they save space. That said, keep in mind that underground tanks are a bit more expensive to install and maintain. 

Disposal Of An Oil Tank 

If you are swapping oil tanks, make sure that the older tank is properly removed and disposed of. This process might have more hidden labor costs especially if your tank requires excavation and lifting to remove. 

Installation Of An Oil Tank 

In general, it's best to leave any installation processes for professionals. The main reason behind this is that there are codes and regulations you have to abide by. Breaking of these regulations can result in costly penalties you don't want to deal with. 

The Right Location Of An Oil Tank 

As far as what location is best for an oil tank, there is no right or wrong answer. The location is mostly determined by your home layout situation and other similar factors. That said, most changes and repairs to oil tanks will happen in the same location as your old one. 

Additional Costs To Consider 

Even if you have a general idea of what your oil tank installation will cost, there are always hidden fees and additional costs that sneak through. To help avoid these costs, look into any labor fees, permit fees, or other inspection fees that may be in your process paper. 

Is An Oil Tank Right For Your Home? 

As a whole, factoring in your home situation with this guide should give you an idea of whether an oil tank is right for your home. If your home doesn't meet any required standards or requirements, don't force a change just because heating systems have become more popular in recent years. Being a responsible homeowner is much more beneficial in the long run.

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