When our family first moved into our home five years ago, the central heating and air unit were brand new. We never considered that there would be a time when it would not be operating as we wanted it to. When the time to buy a new unit came, we found that the available options were more diverse than we thought. It was all too confusing. After researching the different options, I decided to create this blog. My hope is that others who are faced with this decision can find easy-to-understand information that can aid in quickly making an informed decision.
If you had an accident and spilled home heating oil on your basement concrete floor, how large the spill depends on what you need to do. If it is a large spill, you should contact the company that delivered the oil to you and report it. They will then report it to the proper authorities. If you have a smaller spill, you may be able to clean it up yourself.
Absorbing the Oil
If you did not find the spill for a few days, it has likely permeated into your concrete floor if it is not coated. If so, the only way to get it properly cleaned is to remove this part of the flooring and have new concrete poured in its place.
If you found the oil spill quickly, spread kitty litter over the area to soak up the oil. Leave it on the area for a few hours to give it time to soak all of it up. When it is finished, put the kitty litter into a plastic bag, tie the bag up, and dispose of it.
Cleaning the Oil Stain
When all of the oil has been absorbed, a stain will likely be left behind. To clean this, put some general soap and hot water in a bucket, dip a rag in it, and wipe the floor down. You may have to do this a few times before the stain is gone.
If you still have a stain, visit a home supply store and purchase a product made to clean up these types of stains. Follow the instructions on the packaging on how to use it properly.
If you still cannot remove it, contact a professional cleaning company. Some home heating oil companies, like Cash Oil, may also be able to give you some tips on getting it cleaned up.
When cleaning up the oil, check under all appliances, such as your washer and drier, to make sure the oil did not spread under them. If so, pull them out and absorb and clean the oil in the same way.
When you are finished, you will likely smell an odor. For a smaller spill, this odor should dissipate in a few days. If you have windows in your basement, open them up until the odor is gone. Using air fresheners will only mask the smell instead of getting rid of it. If you continue to have an odor, spread some charcoal over the area, which may absorb the odor to remove it.Share
13 August 2015