Kerosene

Norfolk Farmhouse

1000 litres of heating oil (kerosene) lost to ground from a leaking filter bowl following a servicing event. Assessment, remediation and restoration required to two adjacent domestic properties.

  • Date: 2018
  • Sector: Insurance
  • Project Type: Remediation & Restoration

About this Project

Our expert responded to the loss and worked with multiple insured parties, tenants and homeowners to develop a response that rapidly identified an appropriate response and restoration approach:

Loss Details:

  • >1,000 litres of kerosene lost to ground over 24 hours.
  • Shallow perched water table (0.5m below ground level).
  • Deeper groundwater well and aquifer contaminated (10m below ground level)
  • Mix of 18th century and 20th century building structures.
  • Two properties.
  • Vulnerable homeowner.

Property 1 (late 20th Century Two Bedroom Semi)

  • Excavation of contaminated soils to ~1.5m immediately adjacent to property (extending 50% length of property);
  • Replacement of contaminated blockwork & reinstatement of damp prevention membrane;
  • Removal of internal floors and excavation of underlying contaminated soils; and
  • Installation of a hydrocarbon gas underfloor vapour membrane to address potential residual impacts below slab.

Property 2 (18th Century Farmhouse)

  • Arrangement of property contents removal to storage to facilitate works;
  • Excavation of internal contaminated soils adjacent to the loss (entrance lobby, utility room, dining room);
  • Removal of contaminated Clay Lump / Plinth;
  • Excavation of hydrocarbon contamination soils beneath exterior walls;
  • Underpinning 40% of farmhouse to support existing plinth / enabling works; 
  • Installation of a hydrocarbon gas underfloor vapour membrane to address potential residual impacts below slab; 
  • Full restoration of ground floor to pre-incident conditions; and
  • Pre & Post-condition surveys completed to confirm and manage expectations.