Oil tank leaks can happen at any time. When handled quickly, it is possible to contain the damage caused by oil spills. With our qualified teams and equipment, we are here to help you clean your house, business & store.
When we think of oil spills, we usually think of oil tankers that spill their cargo into the oceans or seas. However, oil spilled on land often reaches lakes, rivers, and wetlands, where they can also cause damage. Oceans and other bodies of saltwater are called marine environments. Lakes, rivers, and other inland water bodies are called freshwater environments.
Aquatic refers to both marine and freshwater environments. When oils are spilled in an aquatic environment, they can harm organisms that live on or around the water’s surface, as well as those that live underwater. Spilled oils can also damage components of the food chain, including human food resources.
The severity of the impact of an oil spill depends on a variety of factors, including the characteristics of the oil itself. Natural conditions, such as water temperature and weather, also influence the behavior of oil in aquatic environments. Different types of habitats also have different sensitivities to oil spills.
What is an oil tank leak?
It is usually a very small hole in the tank that causes the contents to leak into the surrounding soil. Leakage can also occur in faulty or corroded fuel lines. When this happens, a soil sample is analyzed. If the contamination is not significant, the lines can be replaced.
All oil tanks (above and below ground) can have oil tank leaks. Overhead tanks can easily be visually inspected for defects and can be repaired before the oil escapes, while underground tanks cannot be visually inspected without being dug up. Therefore, it is possible for a leak to occur without your knowledge.
What kind of Damage is Caused by an Oil Tank Leak?
When this particular type of disaster happens, it is very important to understand what to do. First and foremost it is important to ensure that your family or employees are safe, followed by immediately contacting experts to control the damage.
Heating oil spills are very dangerous for your health and for your house, business & store. As oil is extremely toxic, it can contaminate the environment, create huge fires, pollute the water coming in and out of your house, kill any surrounding fauna and flora and find a way to stay within the walls and floors of your house or business.
How do I know if my tank is leaking?
With underground tanks, there is no easy way to detect leaks without digging them up. But there are some signs you can look for when it comes to tank leaks. These signs are as follows:
- Increased heating costs (which is not the best way to determine the presence of a leak because other factors influence the increase in heating costs).
- If your tank is 10 to 15 years old, chances are it has developed small pinholes that cause leaks.
- Oil reflections on the groundwater.
- Oil stains or odors on your property
- Oil smells in your home
- Dead vegetation near or over the tank.
- If you encounter these signs, it is more than likely that there is a leak.
Reasons for oil tank leaks
Tanks can leak for a variety of reasons, the most common of which are:
- Damage to tank equipment, such as level gauges.
- Tank body failures.
- Failure of components at the end of the boiler system, such as hoses.
- Damage or failure due to wear of fuel supply lines.
- Metal tanks can rust, often at the base. Plastic tanks may crack due to an inherent defect or wear.
Plastic tanks can crack due to an inherent defect or wear and tear, and spills can occur during oil delivery.
Who is responsible?
Anyone who uses, stores, fills, transports, or manufactures hazardous substances, including oils, has a responsibility to ensure that the substance is contained and used in a manner that will not result in a release to the environment. They also have a responsibility to make an oil spill clean up that occurs and to deal with any consequences of the release.
Whether you own or occupy premises with a home heating oil tank, it is advisable to check with your insurance company to ensure that you have adequate homeowner’s insurance to cover the costs associated with all aspects of spill assessment and oil tank leak clean up, as well as any consequences of the spill migration.
If you have had an oil spill, you should contact KBS Maintenance in order to perform an oil tank leak clean up.
Oil tank leak clean up
Oil spills can be complex incidents to deal with and you may hear a lot of conflicting advice from all sorts of sources. We provide unbiased, straightforward advice to help you understand the problem.
We’ll explain what can happen as a result of an oil spill or leak, what the potential implications are, the different methods that can be used to remedy the problem, and the options available to you, given your particular situation. Our technical experts at KBS Maintenance can guide you through the process and are always available if you have any questions along the way.