Media focus is often on the enormous once in a generation oil spills such as the Exon Valdez or BP Gulf of Mexico disasters. But there is a much larger scale issue involving a very large number of smaller spills that can destroy soils that have taken since the last ice age to form.
This article is written to help anyone who uses home heating oil in the event they suspect they are suffering from an escape of oil. It sets out what they should do to minmise impact and loss and what needs to be done and when to resolve the issue in a cost effective and sustainable manner.
Things to do if you have an oil spill in your garden
We have compiled the following guide as a means to help people who find themselves in the stressful situation of discovering an oil leak at their garden or oil spill on their property. Things to do if you have an oil spill in your garden
1. Shut off your oil supply – oil spill in your garden
Things to do if you have an oil spill in your garden. This one should be immediately obvious, SHUT OFF YOUR OIL SUPPLY, the last thing you want to do is let any potential oil spill get bigger. Every domestic fuel tank should have a shut off valve. This will be a circular dial or a quarter turn lever and will be joined to the tank itself. Oil is expensive and the last thing anyone wants to do is lose more and contaminate more soil. In the event that you can’t find a shut off valve check along the base of the tank on all sides, it may be buried. If it has rusted, disintegrated or be broken. In this instance call your closest emergency oilspill responder immediately.
2. Check your tank for a leak – oil spill in your garden
Things to do if you have an oil spill in your garden. Check your drains and sewer immediately.
-Manholes near to the oil leak?
-Pipes running through the area?
-Hard surfaces that could allow surface oil to be washed to a gully?
Open your manholes and have a look inside for signs of oil, even smells. If oil is in your drains or sewers then it is likely that the oil spill will be migrating off-site. Storm drains in particular lead to drains and then rivers. You should contact an emergency oil spill responder immediately.
5. Call an Expert for Advice
Things to do if you have oil spill in your garden. Emergency oil spill responders such as Gaea are specialists in disaster management and remediation. You will receive proper advice on how to minimise the loss, minimise the impact to rivers, minimise the impact to your property and minimise the impact to neighbours. You will also receive advice on your obligations to regulators.
6. Wait for help from Emergency Responders
Things to do if you have an oil spill in your garden. If you find yourself in an emergency situation and are suffering from a sizeable oil spill that is a risk to the environment, your property and human health a responder will promptly attend your property.
• Tank leaks can be fixed
• Boiler leaks can be fixed
• Oil smells can be managed
• Emergency containment trenches can be installed that prevent further spread of an oil spill.
• Oil supply pipes can be replaced.