While the clean up after the Christmas flooding is well under way and home-owners are looking to get back into their homes as soon as possible, it’s worth bringing to attention of folks living in a rural setting who use an oil fired heating system, to check their systems for damage or leaks whenever its practical to do so.
- Plastic tanks can float and separate from their oil lines;
- Rising waters can cause the concrete plinths to heave and result in a strain between tanks and oil lines;
- Floating debris can pierce the skin of the tanks, and rip oil lines free;
- Seek the advice of a qualified heating engineer.
What to look out for:
- Any staining or odours is a main indicator of damage to the system;
- An obvious check home owners can make is to dip the level of oil in the tank, if they keep a good record of oil deliveries and have a rough idea how much oil they personally use over a period of time will help ascertain whether the level of oil in the tank corresponds to how much should be there;
- Dents or damage to the outer skin of tanks (in particular single skinned tanks) may not be an immediate threat, but have the potential to become one;
- Odours trapped internally in the fabric of the building once flood waters recede.
Available free information on dealing with and preventing loss of oil, including:
- A downloadable eBook on oil spills;
- Helpful videos to accompany the eBook relating to a loss of oil in a domestic or commercial setting;
- An online guide answering various questions relating to Oil spill clean-up.
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