Whether you have already arranged and sorted out the installation for a state-of-the-art replacement oil tank, or you’re trying to move away from using oil as a means of heating and powering your home, for whatever reason you now have an unneeded oil tank on your property and you need to dispose of it. In many cases, the installations company will be able to provide that service for you, but if they happen to have missed the memo, there are a number of ways in which you can get rid of the oil tank yourself.
While the initial removal of the tank itself is not that much of a problem, disposing of the oil residue inside is somewhat trickier. Oil cannot just be deposited with the rest of the rubbish to be collected by the bin man, it needs to be removed and disposed of officially. This is why in many cases it is better to get your oil tank removed by a professional instead of trying to do it yourself.
We have listed four possible options for removing your oil tank if you don’t fancy giving your previous installers another call.
1. Call a Licensed Contractor
Calling your local engineering specialist or oil tank installer should yield some positive results. Even if they did not perform the initial installation, they should have all the relevant equipment needed to be able to safely remove and dispose of an oil tank; for a fee. If not, they will be able to offer you professional advice on what can be done to remove the oil tank, or they can refer you to other specialists who can help you.
2. Dismantle and Remove it Yourself
A completely viable option if a little unnecessary in some circumstances. If you cannot get hold of a professional or you don’t have the time or the money to arrange a call out, you can attempt to remove the oil tank yourself. You will need to make sure that any and all oil residue is properly cleared up and sealed before starting to work on dismantling the tank itself. You can then dispose of the tank exterior as you wish, but you will have to contact the local authorities for details on disposing of the oil inside the tank.
3. Sell it On to a Collector
Collectors of scrap parts and oil tanks will be able to harvest the materials from the tank for a good rate, so it may be within your interests to get in touch with a collector. They will often have the equipment and the storage facilities available to be able to safely and swiftly dismantle and remove your oil tank for you. When arranging a pick-up with scrap collectors, make sure to do it at a time when you are at home, as you may need to supervise the removal of some parts if the oil tank is in an awkward or hard to reach place in your home.
4. Sell it to a Local Farmer
Farmers and other agriculturalists who use off-road vehicles may keep red diesel in may have a good use for your old oil tank. If you sell it to a local farmer or offer free collection, they will often have the means and the equipment to properly move it off of your property. While it is always good to get a price when selling or getting rid of items, if there is no other way of getting rid of the oil tank it is better off offering it away for free.
Oil tanks are a great way of saving money on your central heating bills and becoming slightly more self-sufficient, particularly in rural areas or for industrial locations. With a wide range of different oil tanks to choose from as well as underground oil tanks available, it can be hard to decide which one is the best type for you, or even if an oil tank would be best to suit your needs. Still, it is important to be aware of the options available for you when it comes to removing or disposing of your oil tank so that you can do so in a safe and secure manner.
With the recent advancements made in environmentally friendly means of creating energy, local businesses and the general public making attempts to reduce their carbon footprints and the increase in the use of wind farms to create electricity, it may be that oil tanks are becoming a thing of the past. However, for now, they are still a viable means of heating your home and provide great value for money and independence in rural areas.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the property industry – working with a selection of companies including Sussex based specialist SG Tanks, who were consulted over this post.