Immediate Steps to Take After Oil Release

Oil Tank Spill
Oil Tank Spill

Heating oil refers to all types of liquid home heating fuel including kerosene and #2 fuel oil. This term does not include propane, natural gas or other gaseous fuels. These gaseous fuels should be considered as highly explosive and dangerous. Heating oil, however, is combustible but not explosive.

The dangers of an oil spill or oil release is a serious hazard that should be dealt with immediately. Contact the local fire department (911) as soon as a heating oil release is discovered and also contact your oil company. Most oil companies will have a 24-hour service technician available to help you shut off valves and stop the oil release.

The Fire Department will routinely respond and address any immediate fire hazards and public safety issue. After notifying the appropriate authorities, keep you and your family far away from the heating oil and its vapors. Health issues may arise from a high concentration of oil vapors. Create ventilation throughout the area where you smell oil, open windows and turn on fans to increase air flow.

Before entering an enclosed area such as a basement where a significant amount of heating oil has been released, wear protective equipment and increase the air flow. Avoid making any contact with the heating oil with exposed skin or breathing in any of the fumes. Keep in mind the heating oil is indeed combustible, remove any source of ignition within the exposed area.

If your drinking water well has been contaminated, contact your local board of health and ask if your home is safe to inhabit.

Why You Should Consider Removing Your Underground Storage Tank

Most underground home heating oil tanks are the same type of tank found in basements or garages. These tanks were actually not designed to be buried and are susceptible to rust and leaking issues. There are tanks that are designed to be placed underground, but they too can rust and leak if they were not treated with the proper corrosion protection. These tanks were not built to last forever and will eventually leak.

Signs that your underground tank might be leaking is a sharp increase in your home’s heating consumption. This, however, isn’t sufficient enough information because your oil tank may have a leak during a period of time when you necessarily might not be using oil to heat your home. The chances of your oil tank leaking only increase over time. Even the smallest leak can pose a threat to your home and environment. If your oil tank is leaking, the cleanup can be every costly. Having your underground oil tank removed can save you money in the long run.

The cost of removing an oil tank varies, depending on the size of the tank, its condition, and how easily it can be reached. For the best price, shop around and compare prices for different oil companies. Cost estimates can be made to determine the total cost of oil tank removal and how much a new tank will cost including landscaping cost and testing cost. Make sure to have a written estimate of how much the cost of the oil tank removal will before proceeding with the project.