How To Clean A Fuel Oil Tank

If you have a fuel oil tank, then you will understand the importance of cleaning the tank and looking after it properly. If you don’t regularly clean and maintain your fuel oil tank, this could lead to further problems. Any time when you see any sign of sludge in your tank, you should clean you tank thoroughly. If you leave the sludge in the tank to build up, you could be causing yourself more problems and a bigger job at the end of it. If you have the time and patience, cleaning an oil tank can be fairly easy.


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If you do not clean your oil tank properly then it can be rather dangerous, and not just for you but also to the environment. If you follow these simple steps then you can clean your oil tank quickly and easily whilst protecting yourself and the environment. If you are worried that it is a too big of job for you to complete on your own then you are able to hire someone to clean your oil tank for you.

There are a few things which you will need to help you clean your oil tank, this will include a cleaning solution, air pump and an air hose. If you already have these things to hand then cleaning you oil tank will be extremely easy.

Step 1

You will first need to open the drainage valve so that you can drain the fuel oil tank of any excess oil. Before you do begin draining the oil tank, you should get a large container to catch all the oil and fluid which is coming from the tank.

Step 2

You should then spray the inside of the tank with a water hose, you should let the water drain out. You should continue spraying the inside of the tank until the water is completely clear.

Step 3

You should then replace the drainage cap on the fuel tank. Once you have replaced the cap you should then open the main filler. You will then have to fill the tank with a cleaning solution and water mix; this is the main part of the oil tank cleaning.

Step 4

If you then place the air hose into the main filler and keep pushing the air hose into the tank until it hits the bottom. You should leave the air pump on overnight, this way the cleaning solution can thoroughly clean the entire tank.

Step 5

Once the cleaning solution has been left overnight, you should then drain it out.

Step 6

It is important that you then dry the tank, to do this you should pour in the correct amount of denatured alcohol into the tank. You should try and cover as much of the surface as possible with the denatured alcohol as this will absorb the water.

Step 7

You should then use the air hose to blow air into the tank which will then dry it out.

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