Fuel oil tank check

Fuel oil tank testing

The test of your fuel oil tank aims to prevent soil pollution and making sure your legal obligations are respected.

Our mission

Certinergie NPC takes responsability to perform fuel oil tank tests in Belgium.

This operation has to be done by accredited inspectors. You can count on the experts at Certinergie.

Certinergie guarantees the conformity of the fuel oil tank test.

We perform checks on fuel oil tanks that have a maximum of 25.000 litres, or 10.000 litres for fuel oil tanks that have to undergo a sealing check through the depressurization method.

This check is mandatory in a series of cases.

Which checks and when to perform them ?

The legal demands are different depending on your region :

En région Wallonie

Flandres

Brussels region

Resumed: what are the legal restrictions for classic homes.

Wallonia

Legally only the fuel oil tanks of more than 3000 litres are subject to periodic checks, every :

  • 3 years for
    • existing fuel oil tanks with simple protection
      • simple hull without a vat (Aerial)
      • simple hull without leakage detection (Subterranean)
  • 10 years for
    • fuel oil tanks with double protection :
      • tanks with double hull equipped with a permanent leakage detector
      • tanks with simple hull placed in a retention vat with permanent leakage detector (Subterranean)
      • tanks with simple hull placed in a sealed vat (Aerial)

Note : Double protection is the base rule for all the tanks in Wallonia. For existing tanks: (placed/utilized before 29/11/2003) an exemption is planned, simple protection is authorized when shorter periodic checks are performed : 3 years.

Flanders

Legally, all tanks have to be submitted to the following checks :

For tanks of more than 6000 litres, we redirect you to the following informations below.

For tanks of maximum 6000 litres :

  • For subterranean tanks : every 5 years
  • For aerial tanks there are no periodic checks necessary, provided that the tanks have had a first check beforehand and were compliant.

How ?

Our inspector asks the client to know if the tank(s) have a total capacity of more or equal to 3000 litres in Wallonnia or 6000 litres in Flanders.

For a tank located in Wallonia, he also checks if the tank of more then 3000 litres has been declared with a environmment permit. If there is no permit, you can request one here: http://environnement.wallonie.be/, it has to be transmitted to the local communal administration. During the periodic checks, our accredited inspector assures that the installation has passed the initial conformity examination.

Our inspector checks the previous report.

During the check, if the installation is operating, the inspector checks the reignition of the burner.

Accessible or aerial tank check.

An accessible or aerial tank is one that is placed above ground or in a shed. It has to be checkable on all sides.

The accissible or aerial tanks have to be placed in a sealed vat or with double hull.

Our inspector visually checks the tank, the pipes and accessories like the anti leakage or overfilling security sensors (alarme, electric probe), the filters and the level mesurement device.

He checks if the vat is in good condition and if the vat can recieve the total content amount of the tank.

He performs a few tests : sampling of the water and possible mud on the bottom of the reservoir, anti-overfilling sensor and leakage security sensor testing (if present).

Non-accessible tank check.

Our inspector visually checks the chamber, the pipes and accessories like the anti leakage or overfilling security sensors (alarme, electric probe), the filters and the level mesurement device.

He performs a few tests : sampling of the water and possible mud on the bottom of the reservoir, anti-overfilling sensor and leakage security sensor testing (if present).

On mettalic tanks that are fully or partially subterranean, he measures the corrosion potential with a reference electrode.

Our inspector checks the sealing of the tank through depressurization and measuring its retention. The minimum amount of liquid in the tank has to be present in order to perform this test. If there is not enough, this test cannot be performed. No Aucune certificate will be delivered but a forfait amount will be billed for the travelling expenses. The sealing check can only be performed on fuel oil tanks with a capacity of less then or equal to 10000 liters and of cylindrical shape.

During the test, it is prohibited to smoke or produce fire within the area and within the proximity of the vapor discharge port during the depressurization of the tank.

The result ?

Conclusion

At the end of the test procedure, our inspector issues a report indicating if the tests result in a compliant or non-compliant result and the sealage of the tank.

A tag is fastened to the filling pipe of the reservoir the same day.

The tag is green, orange or red according to the result:

  • Green fuel oil tank check : The tank may be filled. This tag is only valid for a certain duration, depending on the tank type, region and country. At the end of the validation period on this tag, a new periodical check will have to be done.
  • Orange fuel oil tank check : The sealing is assured but not the compliance. Breaches have to be solved within 6 months. The tank can only be filled during these 6 months, non renewable, takes in affect during the month of the check.
  • Red fuel oil tank check : The tank and or pipes are not waterproof. The tank cannot be filled from the mentioned date onwards.

If a red tag is fastened on the tank, our technician or the customer has to immediatly inform the mayor or responsible government official in his or her area.

In case of sever environmental pollution, SOS Environnement-nature is to be contacted at 070 / 23 30 01 for fuel oil tanks located in Wallonia or the local communal environmental service in Flanders.

If the tank is not repaired, it is emptied, degassed, cleaned and removed. If it is impossible to remove the tank, it is filled with sand or another equivalent inert material.

Our experience

Certinergie NPC is a accredited organism.

In just one appointement, we carry out all the fuel oil tank checks and other legally imposed inspections. We have acquired a vast experience and knowledge in this field and you can count on our professionalism and sense of duty.

Certinergie is also a leading action in the field of energie certification and of electric inspections.

As a accredited organism, we propose you to combine the electrical inspection, and the fuel oil tank check for a very beneficial price. Get your quotation now by clicking here

Questions ?

For more practical questions you can consult our FAQs or contact us and we will have the pleasure of answering your questions

Prices

Your fuel oil tank check at the best rate.

Certinergie we assure the best quality and service.

Below you can find a few examples of reduced rate for your home in Wallonia.

Aerial fuel tank check (wallonia/brussels)150 € VAT incl
Subterranean fuel tank check (wallonia/brussels)250 € VAT incl
Aerial fuel tank check (flandres)165 € VAT incl
Subterranean fuel tank check (flandres)215 € VAT incl

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