Dealing with an oil spill at home
Oil is dangerous to both the natural habitats and wildlife around us. Once a home oil spill occurs, it is difficult to clean up and will contaminate surface and underground water sources. If your oil tank leaks, contact us immediately on 01722 714514.
The risks of an oil spill at your home
Groundwater provides 75% of the South West’s public water supply and is very vulnerable to contamination as it can rapidly travel over square miles.
Some of the worst oil spills happen more often than you might think in our counties and can be very difficult and come with expensive cleanup costs.
Any oil-contaminated ground around your home could turn a preventable small garden or house fire into an uncontrollable vortex. It is best to be safe rather than sorry.
Check your home insurance.
It’s common sense to have suitable insurance to cover you when heating your property with domestic oil heating stored in an oil storage tank. We advise you to check with your insurance company if you are unsure if you are covered. The policy should have a high enough liability limit to protect you if neighbouring land and boreholes are affected. As you are required to clean up an oil spill under the Water Resources Act 1991, it is advisable to check your policy to see if the cleanup on your property is also covered.
Preventing domestic oil spills
Prevention is always the best course of action. It can take months, even years, to clean up a large oil spill, costing you hundreds of thousands of pounds. Here are some tips to prevent a possible oil spill:
The technician should check for the following:
What if an oil leak happens anyway?
Unfortunately, in some cases, oil leaks will occur; you might smell the oil in the air, see oil patches, or see the tank splitting and dripping. If this is the case, stop what you are doing and act:
We have a highly trained team of OFTEC-certified engineers who can assess and help you solve any problems caused by oil spills. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you need any further advice.