Oil Spill Remediation - What You Should Know

What is oil spill remediation?

AES Marconi are experts in the field of domestic oil spill remediation, and are Ireland's leading company in the industry. In the home, remediation refers to the clean-up and removal of an oil spill, or containment of the spill so that the contaminated area does not increase.

If your home has suffered an oil leak, this can have an on the property, the environment and to your health. Dealing with home heating oil leaks and spills requires expert attention to ensure that the spill is cleaned up properly, and that hazardous pollution does not continue to harm the environment. AES Marconi will assess and treat the problem expertly and efficiently, returning your property to its original condition.

What are the signs of an oil leak?

There are a number of indications of an oil leak from your central heating system. These include:

  • Noticeable staining around the area of your oil tank of boiler
  • Death of plants close to your oil tank
  • Running out of heating oil more quickly than expected
  • Strong smells of oil within your home or boiler house
  • Leaky fittings or joints in your central heating system

What causes an oil leak within the home?

Oil-fired central heating systems can fail for a variety of reasons. These include:

  • Failure of the tank body
  • Damage to equipment on the tank e.g. filters, fittings or sight gauges
  • Damage to underground oil lines (fuel feed lines)
  • Failure of components within the boiler unit e.g. fittings, joints and flexible hoses.
  • Theft and vandalism

AES Marconi’s professional response team will consult with you to help identify the source of your oil leak, as well as ensuring the clean-up of the contaminated area.

What should you do when you suspect an oil leak?

If you suspect a heating oil spill within your home, it is important to act quickly and contact AES Marconi on <insert number> for expert advice. Early intervention will reduce the amount of heating oil lost from your home, as well as minimising the damage and clean-up required. In addition to seeking our advice, it is important also to take the following advice into account.

  • Turn off your oil supply at the tank to prevent further heating oil spills
  • If there is a strong smell of oil in your home, ventilate the area by opening doors and windows, as soil fumes have the potential to cause headaches, dizziness and nausea. dependent on the level of exposure. AES Marconi can install specialise equipment to control theses odours, ensuring your home is fit for occupation.
  • Keep children and pets away from any spills
  • Avoid getting oil on your skin or clothing
  • Prevent spilt oil from entering drains and waterways
  • Never use detergents or a hose to wash away excess oil.

It is not recommended that you attempt to clear up any spilt oil, as this can often lead to further damage. If in doubt, contact AES Marconi on 1800 885 101 , 24/7 for further advice.

What is the process of oil spill remediation?

At AES Marconi, our team of experienced, reliable and well-trained staff will act quickly to ensure the containment of oil spills within the home. Our process has four main stages:

Assessment - Every project will begin with the completion of investigation works to assess the level of damage to the property and level of contamination. A survey would be carried out to determine the extent of the damage and a full report provided detailing the remedial recommendations. Following this contamination report, we will consult with you to discuss our proposed remediation strategy.

Excavation - During this process, the grossly contaminated material is removed from your property and disposed of in an appropriate waste management facility.

Treatment - Due to high disposal costs and the requirement to reduce the amount of material sent to landfill, area with lower levels of contamination are treated in-situ. AES Marconi are proficient in the use of the most up-to-date treatment technologies to minimise costs and timescales.

Reinstatement - Following the successful remediation of the property, the process of reinstatement begins, returning your property to its original condition prior to oil spillages.

Certification - Following the completion of remediation works, AES Marconi will submit samples to independent accredited laboratories to ensure that your property has been succesfully remediated and that the works have been carried our in accordance with best practice.
The results of these samples will form the basis of a Verification Report, outlining the works undertaking to return your property to a satisfactory environmental standard. This report will be supplied to you for your personal records.

Why is an oil spill a problem for your home?

A spill of diesel or kerosene from your oil tank is harmful and poses a number of potential hazards - these include environmental contamination, risks to human health and risks to nearby property.
Human Risks - Oil contains chemicals which can cause adverse effects to human health. This will largely depend on the level in which you are exposed to the vapours, the strength of the chemicals, and the length of time you have been exposed. In order to reduce these risks, it is important to keep your home ventilated, avoid direct contact with the oil and contact AES Marconi as soon as you suspect an oil leak.

Environmental Risks - Home heating oil poses significant environmental risks. Kerosene, typically used as heating oil, has the potential to pollute water, kill birds and marine wildlife and destroy plant life in the contaminated area.
Property Risks - When oil is spilt, it can often be found within the area of the foundations due to the presence of highly permeable materials imported during the construction process. Not only can this result in strong oily smells within the home, but if left untreated, can impregnate the foundations and, in extreme cases, may require structural works.
AES Marconi’s experience in domestic remediation allows us to draw on extensive knowledge to ensure the most effective remedial strategy is recommended, thereby minimising these risks.
How much does oil spill remediation cost?

At AES Marconi, we offer a bespoke remediation service, tailored to the needs of each customer. Each job is unique and is therefore priced accordingly. However, the first step to effectively containing an oil spill is to contact AES Marconi for a free survey and consultation. Our trained staff will ensure that your spill is treated as quickly as possible.
Many home insurance policies will cover the remediation, or clean-up, process following an oil leak in your home or garden. The extent of cover will vary dependent on your insurer. However, testing will be required to assess the extent of the damage and determine works required

There is currently no requirement for oil spill responders to be accredited, but accreditation schemes are in place, such as the International Spill Accreditation Association, indented to give you the confidence in the company you hire. AES Marconi has been awarded the a Level 3 Accreditation for Response and Management of Oil Spill Incidents that affect Ground Water and On Land - the highest accreditation available.

If you suspect an oil leak on your property, or would like to speak to one of our remediation consultancy specialists, please contact AES Marconi on 1800 885 101


  • Please pass on my thanks to all the team involved in the oil spill clean up at my home. I would definitely recommend your company, everyone was very helpful and accommodating.
    The reinstatement of my garden looks great and it is very much appreciated.
    Mrs G, Lisburn (January 2019)
  • A special thank you to all the team. From my first call to completion of the work everyone was professional, reassuring, patient and kind to me in what was a very stressful time for me.
    It has been a pleasure to have either spoken to or met each and everyone.
    Mrs C, Kilmessan, Co Meath (March 2019)
  • The men are extremely punctual and are incredibly polite and informative with regards to our ongoing situation, they work efficiently and have made significant progress in the two days they have currently been there. When returning to our property each day after work it is left immaculate without evidence they have been present at the property.
    My partner and I are extremely grateful for all the hard work from yourselves in order to help us resolve this issue.
    Mrs D, Belfast (April 2019)
  • Work was completed to my satisfaction. Thank you to all the team for the professional job. Well done!
    Mr R, Newry, Co Down (June 18)
  • My husband and I found everyone very pleasant and courteous. We would recommend AES Marconi
    Mrs H, Co Kildare (Feb 18)
  • Team worked well together, helpful and polite. First class job, very neat & tidy every time they came to the house. Marks out of ten : 10+
    Mr Boal, Dublin (August 2017)
  • I thought that all people involved were excellent and very helpful. I'm especially grateful to the heating engineer who found a blockage in my heating pipes. Warmer home and hot water now.
    Miss Price, Donegal (June 2017)
  • Sincere thanks and gratitude to the whole team who helped us through a very stressful time. Their experience and high standard of customer service was appreciated. Thank you!
    Mrs Fitzpatrick, Offaly (June 2017)
  • From the beginning all operatives were very satisfactory. I cannot think of even one complaint to make – they were great!
    Mrs Mulholland, Co Wicklow (Mar 2017)
  • Excellent service provided by all concerned.
    Mr Callaghan, Co Cavan (Feb 2017)
  • If all your work is carried out as ours was I don't see how you could improve your service. Excellent workmanship and workers most helpful – well done!
    Mr O'Hara, Dublin (Jan 2017)

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