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Heating Oil spill in a basement in Ohio

During replacement of oil furnace by an HVAC contractor in Ohio, there was an accidental release of almost 250 gallons of No. 2 heating oil in the basement. The oil seeped below the concrete surface and the smell of heating oil fumes was so strong that the home owner was advised by the doctor and was relocated in a hotel free from the fumes of heating that caused chemical burn of throat. Environment company in charge of the cleanup removed 11 yards of soil after cutting the basement but still the smell of heating oil remained strong even after 2 months of the release. He contacted us to confirm if VaporRemed would really get rid of the strong odor and when confirmed that it would, and after consulting the environment company and EPA, use of VaporRemed was approved. VaporRemed was ordered on a next day delivery basis and on Friday evening VaporRemed was applied to the pit remaining after excavation and next day he reported that fumes were reduced almost completely. One week later new furnaces were installed and the basement was sealed soon after. The soil removed after application of VaporRemed was analyzed before disposal in the landfill site and results showed a TPH of 10 ppm.
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Inspection of boiler room before final installation of burners

The team of experts inspected the boiler room after inspection of underground ducting and conduits before installing the control panels.

Furnace room

A photograph of the room where the old furnaces were installed.

Technicians with face mask

Before application of VaporRemed all the technicians had to work with face masks to prevent inhaling fumes.

Installation of burners after application of VaporRemed

Two days after application of VaporRemed, the conditions in the basement were so improved that the technician is now installing the burner but there is no face mask. The work environment had improved remarkably.

Spray of VaporRemed in the ducting

The HVAC contractor was so impressed with the results that he instructed that every part, ducting and any other part going into the soil should be given a coating of VaporRemed before assembling to keep the area from any residual heating oil.

Final installation of control panels

The basement was now temporarily closed and the new control panels are installed. Three weeks late the basement was sealed. The entire cost of the cleanup was less than $ 1,000.00 US Dollars that was less than 5% of the cost of the cleanup before using VaporRemed.

Basement treated with VaporRemed

Showing the walls of the cut basement wet with VaporRemed

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