Our FAQs page is a guide to answer some of the questions which are most frequently asked from customers with oil spills and oil tank leaks.
If you cant find the answer to your question here please feel free to give us a call on 1890 98 74 67 or leave a message here.

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What is environmental remediation?

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Environmental remediation deals with the removal of pollution or contaminants from environmental media such as soil, groundwater, sediment, or surface water.

This would mean that once requested by the government or a land remediation authority, immediate action should be taken as this can impact negatively on human health and the environment.

Source: Wikipedia

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What is chemical oxidation?

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In situ chemical oxidation (ISCO), a form of advanced oxidation processes and advanced oxidation technology, is an environmental remediation technique used for soil and/or groundwater remediation to reduce the concentrations of targeted environmental contaminants to acceptable levels.

Source: Wikipedia

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How to get rid of an oil smell?

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This is not a remedy for oil smell resulting from large oil tank leaks.

This is just a quick tip on how you might deal with a slight oil smell in the home.

For smells & odours resulting from larger oil fuel leaks etc. you need to call in the experts.

Tip: Take some white vinegar in a large glass and put it in the basement, after a day or so throw it away and put a fresh glass of vinegar in it. This works great. It must be white vinegar.

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How do you clean up an oil spill?

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How do you cleanup and oil spill?

See this page:

How do you clean up an oil spill?

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What to do if you have a domestic fuel oil spill?

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See this post

 

What to do if you have a Domestic Fuel Oil Spill

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What do I do if there’s a domestic oil tank leak in my garden?

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We saw this question posted on a board recently. Its a question that we get asked many times.

How to get rid of an oil smell after an oil tank leak in your or your neighbours garden.

oil-tank-leakA few days ago, my neighbours oil tank leaked into their garden and has seeped under the fence into my garden. The smell in the garden and especially inside the house is sickening and as a result I am staying with my daughter. My neighbour has apologised and said he called a plumber who has not turned up yet and I don't know what a plumber could do at this stage anyway. I have no idea what to do...Do we just simply wait it out until the smell subsides?

The quick answer is NO. Bio-Logix Environmental Ltd. have remedies for every type of oil spill occurrence and can give you a very quick assessment in most cases on how to cleanup the odours and the contaminated area, just give us a call. tel:1890 98 74 67

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How much will it cost to clean up an oil spill?

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The cost of the clean up is largely dependent upon the severity of the oil spill and the volume of material impacted. Due to high landfill taxes the vast majority of remedial contracts are undertaken through home insurance companies. Bio Logix are leading oil spill remedial contractors who undertake works for all major insurance companies in Ireland. Our investigation reports are widely accepted and we are happy to assist you in providing the necessary information to your home insurance company.

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What is the procedure in oil spillage remediation?

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On completion of the investigation a contamination assessment report is provided detailing any proposed remediation strategy. Generally oil spill remediation is broken down into three phases:

Excavation – this is the process where the contaminated material is removed from the property. All contaminated materials are disposed of at an appropriately licensed waste management facility.

Treatment – If contamination levels are low the areas of lower levels of contamination are treated in-situ. Bio Logix utilise the most up to date treatment technologies to minimise costs and time frame.

Reinstatement – Once we have completed the successful remediation of your property we return the property it to the original condition prior to the spillage.

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Will I get a post clean up certificate?

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Following the completion of the remediation works, Bio Logix submit samples to independent accredited laboratories to ensure that your property has been fully cleaned up to the highest standards. These form the basis of a Verification Report which outlines the works undertaken to return your property to a satisfactory standard. We supply reports for your personal records.

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Does an oil spill responder have to be accredited?

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Accreditation schemes are in place, such as the International Spill Accreditation Association (ISAA). There is currently no requirement for an oil spill responder to be accredited. However using a company that is accredited under the ISAA scheme gives you the confidence that the company has invested in its staff, equipment and relevant systems and will have the appropriate insurance policies, waste management and remediation licenses in place.

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Will an oil spill damage the foundations of my home?

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If an oil spill is left untreated, oil can impregnate the foundations of your buildings and in extreme cases may require structural works to be carried out to remedy the situation. If oil is spilt near buildings it can often be found within the area of the foundations due to the presence of permeable materials used during the construction process.
Bio Logix’s experience in domestic oil spill remediation allows us to ensure the most effective remedial strategy is recommended.

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What happens to oil when it enters the environment?

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There are many different types of oil which are composed of different chemicals, each reacting differently when they enter the environment, be it soil or water. When an oil spill is first observed, contact Bio Logix immediately and we can undertake an investigation to determine the extent of the contamination and assess any risk posed to the immediate environment.

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Will the oil spill be harmful to my health?

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Oil contains chemicals which can be harmful to your health. How harmful it will be will depend on the level of exposure to the spill and how long you have been exposed for. If at all possible, you should avoid direct contact with the oil spill. If you think that you can smell from the drinking water supply you should not drink this water until you have it checked thoroughly. If there is an oily smell within your property, it could lead to a feeling of nausea, headaches and even dizziness & vomiting in severe cases. Keep your property well ventilated and contact Bio Logix immediately so we can assess the level of impact and advise on the appropriate measures to be taken.

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What is the cause of oil pollution?

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The most common causes of oil spills & leaks are:

Oil Tank leaks and failures
Spills during oil deliveries
Spills from equipment and pipework (fill points, gauges, boiler, filters)
Theft and/or vandalism