With winters around the corner, you want to make sure your heating system is up and running to keep your family warm. For many homeowners, oil is the primary heat source. Oil fuel tanks come with many challenges, especially when they age. Therefore, tank owners need to perform regular checks regarding their home diesel fuel tanks to safeguard their families and the environment.
Checks and maintenance must be performed in advance to avert any dangers to your family and property. One major concern why you should do this is oil spills, which can be costly to handle when they happen. To protect your family against health hazards and avoid blowing up your house, here are the things you should do quite often.
Every fall, ensure to perform the following
Conduct inspections for leaks by checking the diesel fuel tanks, valves, fittings, fuel delivery systems and the piping. These are the major suspects when it comes to oil spills in home fuel tanks.
Call your coil company to repair any damages and replace worn parts, and clean the furnace. A well-maintained furnace can lower the overall energy cost and ensure cleaner emissions.
Check all the vent pipes for obstructions and ensure there are no whistle signals. Whistles are the telltale signs of obstructions in the pipes and are a clear signal for overfills.
If your oil tank has aged and can no longer serve you, remove it and replace it with a new tank. You should also remove vent pipes to avoid any eminent spills that might occur. The best tank is the double-layered fuel tank it provides an extra protective layer for your tank, making it less vulnerable to spills and leaks.
How to Clean Up Oil Spills
Oil spills are health hazards and can cause irreparable damage if left unattended. In the event you smell or spot small amounts of oil spills, you need to clean it up to avoid exposure and potential fires. Here is how to clean oil spills
First, wear protective gloves, boots that can be easily thrown off in the event of fire. Ventilate the area around the spill before you start cleaning the place.
Spread an absorbent material such as sawdust over the oil spill. Place the absorbed oil in disposable bags (Plastic) and call a cleaning company to help you dispose of the mixture. Remove any porous materials that cannot be cleaned. Good examples of items that must be removed include wooden items soaked in oil, dry walls, carpets and clothing.
After all the debris have been removed, clean the surface with hot soapy water making sure all the appliances are free of oil to avoid any potential fires. If you spot large oil spills (usually one gallon or more), it is advisable to alert the oil company if it is the one responsible for the spill. Otherwise, report the incidence to the department of Natural Resources within 2 hours for immediate help. By following these simple precautionary measures, you will make your home hazard-free and environmental-friendly.