Disposing of waste heating oil

How to Dispose of Waste Heating Oil

If you have recently made the transition from oil to gas heating or have discovered an old, abandoned oil tank on your property, it’s important to properly dispose of both the tank and any remaining heating oil. In today’s article I discuss how to dispose of waste heating oil.

Don’t wait to dispose of your waste heating oil and old tank. The average cost of oil spill cleanup caused by a leaking oil tank is around 20,000 pounds.

If you require the removal of an old decommissioned oil tank and waste oil, please call Andrew on 07434 691 809 or andrew@removerr.co.uk.

Do Recycling Centres Accept Heating Oil?

NO, recycling centres across Northern Ireland only accept small amounts of waste motor oil (up to 10 litres) and cooking oil (up to 10 litres) specifically the type used in deep fat fryers. The Northern Ireland Environment Agency does not want the general public transporting heating oil due to the environmental risks associated with kerosene, in case of a spill.

During the process of removing an oil tank, it is common to find between 20 to 80 litres of waste oil at the bottom, depending on the tank’s size and shape.

Disposing of waste heating oil

Waste heating oil

How to Dispose of Waste Heating Oil

In Northern Ireland, the movement of hazardous waste is closely monitored and controlled, including waste heating oil. To dispose of contaminated heating oil, you must contact a licensed company that can transport the waste to a licensed waste facility capable of handling hazardous materials. Most waste heating oil is typically removed during the process of oil tank removal.

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) requires that the waste be properly consigned with a consignment number. This consignment number must be included on a pre-notification form that includes details such as the type of waste, your address, the company’s information, the waste facility details, and the collection date.

Waste Heating Oil Collection NI

If you require the removal and disposal of an oil tank, whether it’s plastic or metal, including the disposal of waste heating oil, please contact Andrew on 07434 691 809 or email: andrew@removerr.co.uk. Our waste license number is ROC UT 9390 (upper tier). You can verify our company’s license by checking the public register database with the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

Domestic heating oil removal Northern Ireland

Plastic and metal decommissioned oil tanks

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Does home insurance cover oil tank leaks

Does Home Insurance Cover Oil Tank Leaks?

Does home insurance cover oil tank leaks? In most cases Yes. However, there are circumstances where an insurance claim for an oil spill may be invalid. Different insurance policies have various levels of coverage, and there may be capped limitations on the amount the insurance company will pay towards an oil spill.

The average cost of cleaning up a domestic oil spill is upwards of £20,000, and this cost can increase if the environment or your neighbours’ property/land is also affected. It is essential to ensure that you have the right insurance coverage in place in case your oil tank ever leaks.

Is your oil tank leaking or have you discovered an oil spill? If you reside in Northern Ireland, contact andrew@removerr.co.uk or call 07434 691 809.

Home Insurance and Oil Spill Claims

Outlined below is an example of home insurance cover provided by AXA insurance in relation to oil leaks. Please refer to your schedule for the specific details of your level of cover, including any overall limits that may apply.

1. Accidental Damage Cover:
If your home insurance policy includes accidental damage cover, you will be protected in the event of an oil leak caused by an accident in your home. This includes sudden and unexpected damage to oil tanks or pipes that results in an oil leak.

2. Trace and Access Cover:
Trace and access cover typically helps cover the cost of locating and accessing the source of an oil leak within your property. This can include the cost of removing and replacing any necessary fixtures or fittings to repair the leak.

3. Oil Contamination Cover:
If your home insurance policy includes oil contamination cover, you will be protected against the costs of cleaning up any oil spill or leak that has contaminated your property or any neighbouring properties. This cover may also extend to any damage caused by the oil leak, such as damage to soil, water sources, or plant life.

Always check with your home insurance provider to see if they cover oil leaks and if there are any limitations on your policy. As stated earlier, the average oil spill claim is £20,000, but it could be much higher.

Who is Responsible for an Oil Leak?

It is the responsibility of property owner storing heating oil on their premises to maintain the oil tank, boiler, and oil lines, as well as to have adequate insurance in place in case of an oil spill. If storing over 2500 litres or if the tank is located within 10m of a water source like a river or stream, a bunded oil tank must be installed.

If you rent a house in Northern Ireland and the oil tank leaks, causing damage to the property you rent and the adjacent neighbour’s property, it is the landlord who is responsible for the oil spill cleanup for both properties.

Oil spills can be incredibly destructive, as once the oil sinks into the ground, it can travel through the water table, which is groundwater that lies between sediments and cracks in rock. If this happens, it is not uncommon for the adjacent properties surrounding the original source of the oil leak to be affected.

Once heating oil seeps into the foundations of a house, the cost to rectify increases considerably, with the owners of the property having to move out.

Does home insurance cover oil tank leaks

Excavation of contaminated soil

How to Start an Oil Spill Claim?

If your oil tank is leaking and you need to file a claim with your insurance company, you have two options:

Option 1: Contact Removerr directly for oil spill cleanup at 07434 691 809 or email andrew@removerr.co.uk. We work with most insurance companies in Northern Ireland.

Option 2: Contact your insurance company directly. The process involves the following steps:

1) An initial assessment is booked, known as a walk-over, with a registered company in your area.
2) Tests are conducted to determine the extent of the oil spill, and a report is submitted to your insurance company.
3) Additional information may be required depending on the claim.
4) If your claim is approved, the contractor who conducted the assessment can begin the remediation work.
5) Upon completion of the work, a final report is submitted to your insurance company for the release of funds.

The timeframe from the initial assessment to completion of the work can vary from weeks to months depending on the severity of the damage.

Oil Spill Emergency Response NI

Removerr offers oil tank services throughout Northern Ireland. In the event of an oil leak or spill, we provide emergency oil spill response services. Our team will visit your location and drain the leaking tank, transferring the oil into a holding tank to prevent further environmental damage.

After stopping the source of the leak, we will assess the extent of the damage and can liaise with your insurance company if necessary. I hope this article has helped answer the question, does home insurance cover oil tank leaks.

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Selling a house with asbestos in Northern Ireland

Selling a House with Asbestos

Vendors selling a house with asbestos may often have concerns about the implications and whether they are obliged to disclose the presence of asbestos to potential buyers. These are common questions that come up during the selling process that I will address below.

It is common for homes built before the year 2000 to contain asbestos. Asbestos was widely used in construction for its versatility, strength, fireproofing, and insulation properties. Common areas where asbestos may be found in older homes include soffits, roof tiles, guttering, soil pipes, pipe lagging, insulation, packers, floor tiles, artex ceilings, and boilers.

If you have discovered asbestos in your property and reside in Northern Ireland, contact Andrew on 07434 691 809 or email andrew@removerr.co.uk.

Declaring Asbestos when I Sell my House

Selling a house in Northern Ireland that contains asbestos is not against the law, even though asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999. Despite the ban, a significant number of properties in Northern Ireland still contain asbestos. Homeowners are legally required to inform potential buyers of the presence of asbestos, but many people may not even be aware that their house contains asbestos without an asbestos report. This means that sellers may be unknowingly selling a house with asbestos present.

Homebuyers Report Northern Ireland

During the home buying process, if the buyer is applying for a mortgage, the lender will offer the buyer multiple options to survey the property during their application process. It is advisable for the seller to disclose any knowledge of asbestos in the property, although they may not always be aware of its presence. Typically, properties built before 2000 should have a minimum of a Homebuyer Report level 2, as this survey is designed to identify the presence of asbestos.

The Homebuyer Report Level 1 and Level 2 are paid surveys that offer buyers a detailed report. The reports utilise a traffic light system, with RED indicating serious defects that need urgent repair or investigation. AMBER highlights defects that need attention for repair or replacement but are not urgent. GREEN signifies items that do not need repair.

Selling a house with asbestos

Free Mortgage Valuation (Level 1)

A basic report, used by a mortgage company to determine a property’s value, is also utilised to assess if the property is a suitable security for a loan application. This report does not inspect the property for the presence of asbestos, and the buyer does not receive a copy of this report.

Homebuyer Report (Level 2)

The homebuyer report is a detailed inspection designed for traditional properties in reasonable to good condition, typically built within the last 150 years using conventional materials. This survey aims to provide a comprehensive overview to help you assess potential future maintenance, repair, and restoration costs.

While the surveyor won’t conduct extensive investigations such as lifting floorboards or moving furniture, the report still offers valuable insights into the property’s condition. If asbestos is suspected, the report will either identify its presence or recommend further testing in specific areas. For a more in-depth survey, you may consider opting for the homebuyer report (Level 3) for a more thorough assessment.

Homebuyer Report (Level 3)

A level 3 survey is a comprehensive and detailed assessment of a property’s structure and condition, making it particularly useful for older buildings. This type of survey provides a thorough report that includes advice on necessary repairs, estimated costs and timelines for these repairs, and the potential consequences of neglecting the recommended actions.

By opting for a Level 3 survey, buyers can gain a deep understanding of the property they are purchasing and make informed decisions based on the findings provided.

Selling a House with Asbestos

The presence of asbestos in a house that is up for sale can have detrimental effects on both the seller and the buyer. Potential buyers may be deterred from purchasing a property with asbestos or may negotiate a lower price due to the cost and effort involved in its removal.

The type of asbestos present significantly impacts the cost of removal and replacement. External asbestos materials such as corrugated sheets, roof tiles, downpipes, guttering, and boiler flues are relatively safe if still intact, and their removal is not nearly as expensive as removing internal asbestos.

Cost to Remove Asbestos in Northern Ireland

Contact Removerr on 07434 691 809 or email andrew@removerr.co.uk if you are buying or selling a property in Northern Ireland and have discovered asbestos. Knowing the costs of asbestos removal will empower you to negotiate the best deal in your sale or purchase.

The primary task is to identify the presence, location, and type of asbestos in the property. Asbestos can impact the sale of a house, potentially leading to price negotiations. However, for interested buyers, don’t be deterred as there are instances where asbestos is found in small quantities that can be safely removed.

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