Oil Tank Installation & Replacement

Oil tank installation, replacement and removal of old / redundant oil tanks

Heating Oil Tanks

iB Oil Tanks is a division of iB Heating.

We offer professional OFTEC registered installation, servicing and a removal service for domestic and commercial heating oil tanks in Kent and East Sussex.

Your oil tank is a very important part of your heating system that needs annual inspection.

Unfortunately, heating oil tanks are often neglected, and serious problems arise when they start leaking, leading to complex and very expensive clean up operations, this can be easily avoided by having an annual inspection which can be carried out at the same time as your oil boiler service.

Oil tanks come in many shapes and sizes and are available in either plastic or steel.

Most modern oil tanks are bunded to help comply with building regulations and provide a second barrier of defence against oil spills and environmental damage.


iB Oil Tanks offer the following Oil Tank Services

Supply and installation of new plastic and steel single skin and bunded oil tanks.


  • New concrete tank bases.
  • Fire protection barriers.
  • Emergency oil tank pump outs.
  • Oil lines and trenches.
  • Moling of oil lines beneath finished surfaces and driveways.
  • Oil tank removal and correct registered disposal.
  • De sludging and removal of water from your oil tank. (oil tank servicing)
  • Oil level watchman’s, guages and theft alarms.
  • Crane lifting of oil tanks over hedges, walls garages etc.
  • Bespoke steel oil tanks manufactured to any size/shape.
  • Bespoke Steel tanks in any colour…………they don’t have to be green.

New Oil Tanks Supplied & installed

Can my oil tank be near a building or neighbours fence / boundary?

New Oil tank installations should meet the following minimum distances, This is for tanks of a maximum capacity of 3500 litres.

1.8 Meters from an opening into the building ie window, door, air brick etc.

1.8 meters to any combustible material on the building ie weatherboarding or rafter feet.

1.8 meters from a boiler termination or any lpg bottles.

760mm from a neighbouring boundary.

The Tank should be on a solid base of a non combustible material that extends all around the base of the tank by 300mm on all sides.

We generally use poured concrete bases as apposed to slabs as slabs can shift and move over time.

Crane Lifting Of Oil Tanks

Our small access 3.5 ton Hiab truck has proved very useful, it is capable of accessing tight driveways and lifting of plastic and steel oil tanks over hedges, fences and walls etc.


New Concrete Oil Tank Bases

Oil tank bases can be constructed fom 50mm concrete slabs or they can be made of poured concrete. Poured concrete is by far the best and longest lasting option, slab bases tend to move over time causing the oil tank to warp and ultimately crack.


Does my oil tank need to be raised?

Most old steel tanks are installed on brick or block piers to provide a gravity feed and also to keep them away from the damp ground in an attempt to prevent rusting.

It is always bes to have a natural gravity feed from your tank, ie the tank should be above the height of tgge base of your oil burning appliance, this is especially true if you have an oil Aga.

It is possible to use a device known as a tiger loop to draw the oil up hill from your tank, this is used for pressure jet boilers and not vaporising Aga’s with a wick, If your Aga is above the height of the base of your tank it is possible to use an oil lifter which effectively pumps the oil up into a smaller tank and has a gravity feed down to the Aga from there.

New Oil Lines & Trenches

New oil lines can be installed via digging a trench or pneumatic moling (trenchless technology).

Moling is especially useful for going beneath finished surfaces such as block paving, patios under driveways or manicured lawns.


Removal & disposal of old / redundant oil Tanks

Registered and safe oil tank disposal.

When we come to install your new Oil Tank we also take away the old one. The old tank will then be collected from our premises in bulk and taken to be recycled or disposed of responsibly.

What To Do If Your Oil Tank Is Leaking?

We offer an emergency oil tank pump out service, we will bring a spare tank to pump your oil into for safe storage until a new tank can be installed, it is sometimes possible to rig up a temporary supply for your boiler to minimise heating down time.

What to do if your metal (steel) oil tank is leaking oil,

Steel oil tanks, you will need your oil tank pumped out as soon as possible, In the meantime try to catch the oil in a container, for small spills cat litter can be used to help absorb the oil and prevent ingress into the ground and water course.

What to do if your plastic oil tank is leaking?

If your plastic oil tank has split or cracked, you will also need the tank to be pumped out as soon as possible.

How to stop your plastic oil tank from leaking oil?

If you can see the split or crack a temporary solution is to get a bar of soap and rub it into the crack, this will help stem the flow of oil, try to cover the soap filled crack with duct tape or similar to keep any rain off as water will wash away the soap and cause the tank to start leaking more oil.

Why do plastic oil tanks crack / split?

A close up of the uv sun damage to the titan 2500 single skin oil tank, This usually starts off with tiny white cracks as seen here.

If your plastic oil tank is cracked or split you will need a new oil tank installed.


Do you supply heating oil to fill my oil tank

No, we stick to what we know best, installing new oil tanks.

For heating oil (Kerosene) supply, we recommend Rye Oils Ltd. Please click on the link below to be directed to the relevant section of their site or call 01797 223 374

Frequently Asked Questions

Plastic tanks can split or crack due to the UV rays of the sun breaking down the plastic and causing it to become brittle. Another cause of plastic oil tanks developing cracks is an inadequate base, for example a slab base that has been poorly installed or undermined by animals or disturbed by tree roots.
Rust. Old metal tanks are prone to rusting, from both inside out and outside in, especially where they sit on piers as water gets trapped between the tank and the masonry piers. Metal oil tanks can also rust from the inside out as well as the outside. They can rust from the inside out due to water being in the tank from condensation and rain ingress.
Yes. it is usually possible to relocate your oil tank. as long as the new location adheres to the following guidelines. New Oil tank installations should meet the following distances, This is for tanks of a maximum capacity of 3500 litres. 1.8 Meters from an opening into the building ie window, door, air brick etc, 1.8 meters to any combustible material on the building ie weatherboarding or rafter feet, 1.8 meters from a boiler termination or lpg bottles, 760mm from a neighbouring boundary, The tank should be on a suitable non combustible base extending 300mm all around the tank,
It depends on the site, , bunded tanks are preferable in all situations, We can carry out a site survey to determine whether a bunded tank is required.
You may have a loose fitting lid or vent or even an un capped site tube, you can also get condensation which builds up over the years. this promotes microbial growth and thus creates sludge.
Yes we do offer a removal and disposal service for redundant oil tanks.
No, we can pump out your tank no matter how full of oil it is,
About us

iB Heating is a local company that offers professional heating installation, repair and servicing in the domestic and commercial sector.

iB Heating was founded in 2004 by Ian Ballard. Having served a full apprenticeship and gained several years experience in the plumbing and heating sector including contracting for British Gas He decided to break the stereotype of the industry and to create a business that strives for perfection and truly values its customers.

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Colin Strand
Colin Strand
Brilliant, arrived on time, installed a new boiler, two-way valve and thermostat. Were polite, clean & professional - even did a bit of additional work that they had not anticipated at no extra cost to save ongoing problems. Would recommend any day.
Jessica Holmes
Jessica Holmes
Had a new boiler fitted by IB heating and Ian and the team were great. From quote to completion they were competitive, professional and we had the work done quickly and without fuss. Really pleased and would recommend and use them again if required.
Greg Blackwell
Greg Blackwell
Once we had come to the conclusion our 20+ year old boiler needed replacing iB Heating quickly quoted for its replacement and arranged an early date to carry out the work. The replacement was carried out in one day. Very professional and swift!
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Thomas Fisher
Absolutely brilliant company, Ian and Tony are very professional and knowledgeable tradesman, they completed the boiler installation on time and on price. They were polite and curtious and couldn’t do enough for you, including carrying out some additional minor work at no extra charge I rate this company, IB Heating, Ian and Tony very highly, great value, on time, no issues what so ever, if you want a boiler fitted these are the guys to do it Thanks Ian and Tony great job
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Ian Cooper
Great prompt service from Ian and his team. Professional installation of a new boiler and servicing is spot on. Would highly recommend
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Joanne Hunn
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John Carroll
On time, good price, professional service and nice people to do business with. Our new oil boiler was quoted for within two days and installed within another seven days. The attention to detail and pride in their work was obvious. A pleasure to have Ian and the team in my house. USE THIS FABULOUS COMPANY for all of your heating system needs. Thanks Ian!

Our Services

Air Source Heat Pumps

Expert heat pump system design and installation, Recc members, MCS Acreddited.

Gas boiler Installation & Replacement

Expert Gas Safe registered installation with 10 year guarantees on new gas boilers

Oil boiler installation & replacement

OFTEC registered oil boiler installers, Extended 7 year guarantees on Grant Vortex oil boilers.

Gas Boiler Servicing

We can service all makes and models of gas boilers

Full Central Heating System Installation

Full central heating system design & installation

Oil Boiler Repair

We carry a vast array of spare parts for oil boilers, We often fix the problem on the first visit

Gas Safety Inspections

Landlords gas safety inspections and CP12 certification

Oil Boiler Servicing

Oil boiler servicing

Power Flushing

Full central heating powerflushing using top of the range flushing equipment

Central Heating Repair

We have extensive knowledge when it comes to heating systems and a huge array of spare parts stocked to get your central heating repaired in no time

Oil Tank Installation & Replacement

Expert oil tank Installation and replacement

Call us 01580 242 801
Emergency Callouts 07711 597 584
Registered Address Chitcombe Manor, Chitcombe Rd, Broad Oak, Brede, East Sussex TN31 6EX