Strategies For Preventing Diesel Spills At Home

Accidental home spills mostly occur when diesel is pumped into broken pipes, the basement storage tank is overfilled, or fuel is pumped into the empty tanks too quickly. At times, the tank might have some structural problems so it keeps on leaking oil into the surrounding. It is not uncommon for homeowners to store large quantities of diesel in their basement tanks. For instance, a local distributor can store a significant amount of oil in their home where delivery trucks come for a refill.  Diesel spills pose a major risk to human life because they can irreversibly pollute groundwater and private wells.  Also, they cause detrimental effects to the environment and make homes vulnerable to fire hazards.

Monitoring the tank's stability

Most homeowners mount diesel tanks on a supporting structure outside their homes. A full 250 gallon tank normally holds a ton of oil, necessitating a stable and strong supporting structure. The base of such a structure is usually made from concrete and can easily wear out due to the harsh weather conditions. It is advisable to inspect the tank and the supporting structure at least once a month to ensure it is structurally sound.     

Checking for leaks

Occasional dripping from the tank is not easily noticeable, though it has the potential to contaminate drinking water. When a little amount of diesel slips into the groundwater, it is tasteless and not easily detectable. Such small spills can be identified by looking out for any changes in the vegetation surrounding the tank.  Grass in the area may start withering, or have visible traces of oil.  To prevent drips, homeowners need check the valves constantly to make sure they are tightly fastened.            

Functioning fuel gauge

Ensuring that the fuel tank oil level gauge is accurate and working correctly prevents overfills.  A storage tank can hold a specific quantity of oil that is clearly stated on its body. It is advisable to ask the staff from the supply company to verify the size and the remaining quantity in the tank before any refill. By so doing, the supplier will know the exact amount to pump, minimizing the chances of an accidental overflow.

Inspecting the pipes

Pipes break down due to natural wear and tear, or harsh weather conditions. Homeowners need to have a professional plumber inspect the pipes at least once in three months and carry out any necessary repairs or replacement.  Disconnection of fill pipes leading to the basement tank can lead to spills.  If this happens, the homeowner must cancel any refill with the service company until the problem is sorted out.  To prevent accident filling, all working pipes must be clearly marked. At the same time, the caps of the ones that are not functional can be secured with a bolt, so that they are not used during a refill.

For more information, contact a diesel depot in your area such as United Oil.