30th September 2020
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.
Groundwater provides 75% of the South West’s public water supply and is very vulnerable to contamination as it can travel over square miles very rapidly.
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 amount of oil-contaminated ground around your home could turn a preventable small garden or house fire into an uncontrollable maelstrom. Best to be safe rather than sorry.
It’s common sense to have suitable insurance to cover you when you are heating your property with domestic oil heating stored in an oil storage tank. If you are not sure if you are covered, we advise you to check with your insurance company. The policy should have a high enough liability limit to cover you if neighbouring land and/or 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 if the clean up on your own property is covered as well.
Prevention is always the best course of action. It can take months, even years, to clean up a large oil spill and it will cost you hundreds of thousands of pounds. Here are some tips to prevent a possible oil spill:
The technician should check for:
Unfortunately, in some cases oil leaks will occur; you might smell the oil in the air, see oil patches or you can 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 to solve any problems caused by oil spills. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you need any further advice.
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