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How Can I Protect My Home From a Fuel Oil Spill?

Throughout the state of Texas, there are a number of oil fuel stations and discharge locations associated with the possession and delivery of fuel. Problems can occur, including pumping fuel into the wrong pipes or pumping fuel into old and defective fuel tanks. Oil spills result from these mistakes, and these spills can detrimentally affect the surrounding environment by harming nearby vegetation, wildlife and human health. Homes can also become unlivable due to persistent hazards near and at the property due to a fuel oil spill.

How Can I Protect My Home From a Serious Oil Spill?

  • Check for any disconnected fill pipes that lead into your home. If you find a disconnected fill pipe near or connected to your property, you should cancel service with your fuel oil company immediately. You can also remove the fill pipe or secure the cap in order to make accidental filling more difficult.
  • Inspect your storage tank’s stability. Have your tank’s base checked at least once a year. If you have a storage tank exposed to harsh weather conditions or other external factors, it can be left in a vulnerable state and cause future issues.
  • Ensure easy accessibility. Fueling trucks should be able to fill your storage tank without any trouble, so clear the way to your tank in case there needs to be quick access.
  • Check for any leaks. Occasional dripping can lead to contamination in your home’s water or filtration system. Watch out for changes in color of the vegetation around your storage tank or any physical symptoms from consuming gasoline in your water source. Check that your valves are completely shut in order to prevent this.
  • Make sure the fuel oil level gauge is functioning. Regularly check your oil gauge in order to prevent any future overfills. You can specific how much fuel is needed to your supply company, and you can request that your tank’s size and quantity of fuel is verified before fueling.
  • Stay educated. Be cautious when choosing your fuel oil company and ensure that you trust them. Ask them questions about their experience and training to avoid any future improper fueling techniques.

If you or a family member suffered injuries due to an oil spill near your home, you could possibly be compensated for your injuries through a lawsuit. Contact Stevenson & Murray today for your free case evaluation.

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