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How to prepare your oil tank for snowy weather

When the temperature plummets (as it has done over the weekend in Ireland), your first instinct is to stay inside where it’s warm. But, if disaster strikes and something goes wrong with your heating system, you’ll kick yourself for not having read these simple tips on how to prepare your oil tank for snow. A few small checks now could help prevent a freezing house when the next cold spell strikes.

  • Prepare your tank by first making sure you have enough oil to see you through the snowy winter weather. Now is the time to buy, as oil prices are at an 8 year low and you can top up your tank for less than you might think.
  • Protect your investment, by securing your oil tank with a lock to prevent theft. Sadly, although it is the season of goodwill, that doesn’t apply to home heating oil thieves, so be vigilant and protect your newly bought oil.
  • Protect your home heating oil tank from falling snow and icicles, especially if it is located under a sloped roof in the garden. You can install snow guards to try and prevent any unnecessary snow accumulating on your tank.
  • If it does snow, try and brush it off the top of your tank quickly so there is no additional weight that could cause accidental damage.
  • Keep snow drifts away from the lines around your tank. You need to keep these visible, because if a leak occurs and is hidden by thick snow, it could be weeks before you find out. It’s also good to keep this area clear in case you need an emergency top up of fuel over the winter.
  • When you’re looking at how to prepare your oil tank for snow, you need to check for damage regularly. During bad weather, your tank needs a bit of extra care and attention, so you should keep an eye out for rust, cracks, dents, any bulging parts or distorted shapes on your tank. When you are starting to prepare your oil tank for snow, don’t just take a cursory glance over the top of it either, check the base and the pipes too – damaged caps and filling points can lead to pipe blockages and damage to your boiler which can be expensive to fix.

So, as they say prevention is better than cure, and now is the ideal time to check your tank out, in light of the recent cold spell we had over the weekend in Ireland. Check all the external parts of your tank and the visible pipes for signs of wear, tear and damage and get any issues corrected straight away, before they have time to develop into bigger, more expensive problems.