Oil Leaks and Fumes
What to do if your heating oil tank leaks
Heating Oil leaks and spillages at or around your home may result in strong odours or fumes in your home. These fumes can cause headaches, sore throats and irritate eyes. All oil leaks or significant spillages should be investigated as they are expensive and potentially harmful to health. Oil leaks usually occur due to breaks in the supply pipes or faulty connections as well as damaged tanks.
If your own oil tank is leaking or if there has been a significant spillage in your garden then you should contact your home insurance company and take their advice on remedying the matter
If a neighbouring property has experienced a leak or spillage and you are concerned about any effect on your health please contact us.
Signs of an oil leak or spillage
Strong smell of oil around or inside your home
Blackening of grass in large patches
Noticeable increase in cost
What to do if you have a leak or spillage
If fumes are present within your dwelling you should open windows and keep the house well ventilated
Switch off the supply of oil
Arrange for an engineer to repair or replace any defective pipework or tank
Do not wash away oil into drains or use a detergent
If possible try and prevent the oil from entering drains by using sand or other inert material to contain the oil
If the leak could affect a stream, pond or other water supply, call the Northern Ireland Environment Agency Emergency Pollution Hotline on 0800 807 060.
For further assistance please contact us:
Telephone 028 2766 0257