Oil spills from your tank can be caused by cracks, splits, theft and human-error. If you do have a leak or spill, you must act quickly – an oil spill can severely damage the surrounding environment and can lead to expensive clean-up costs.
If you become aware of a leak or spill coming from you tank, you should immediately turn off the supply, identify the source and take measures to stop any spread of oil such as catching drips in a bucket or using sand or cat litter to soak up oil on the ground.
Contact your supplier or an OFTEC registered engineer to arrange to have any remaining fuel in the tank pumped out as soon as possible.
Keep children and animals away and maximise ventilation in any space where you can smell the oil. Do not eat, drink or smoke whilst dealing with the spill or before you have had chance to wash your skin and clothes.
Under no circumstances try to wash away the oil or apply detergent to the area as if the leak reaches a local water supply you will need to contact your local environmental protection agency as soon as possible.
Remember prevention is better than cure – it’s important to maintain your tank correctly by carrying out regular visual checks as well as having it assessed by a fully qualified OFTEC engineer as part of your annual boiler service to limit the risk of your tank splitting.
We recommend you check with your insurers to make sure that your tank and its contents are covered by your home insurance policy. Make sure your policy covers you for:
- Expenses for cleaning up oil on your own property.
- Environmental clean-up for accidental oil loss.
- Liability expenses to cover neighbouring land and boreholes.