Top Causes Of Engine Oil Spills

Monday 15th August 2022

Alice Redshaw

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Engine oil spills occur for a number of reasons, for example because of a problem with the oil filter or damage to the valve gasket. Whatever the issue may be, you will need to have any spillage dealt with by professionals.

At ICE Cleaning, we provide rapid response services for oil remediation. Due to the dangers involved with this substance, the clean-up must be contained and treated straight away. Our technicians operate 24/7, 365 days a year to help you.

Have a read of our blog to learn some of the top causes of engine oil spills, including some you may not have thought of.

The valve gasket

One of the top causes of oil spills goes to the valve gasket, particularly in older cars. The purpose of the gasket is to safeguard the cylinder head and to prevent any oil spillage from the valve cover.

Signs of a leak could be the odour of burning oil, or the engine not operating smoothly. Additionally, any harm done to the valve seal could result in a leak.

Call in the professionals if you notice any leaks - they will spot the problem, identify its root cause, and then fix it for you.

Faulty oil filter

An oil filter removes anything harmful to the engine, and can become subsequently damaged over time. This could lead to the filter becoming clogged and not being able to function properly.

Signs to look out for include the filter not being tight enough or holes forming in it. If you experience an oil spill, we're here to help. We operate 24/7, 365 days a year to help our customers, and can attend the site in just an hour to help you in emergency situations.

We deal with all types of oil spillages, including:

Get in touch with our team today to book your oil spill treatment. Our customer service agents are here to help you with whatever you need.

An overflow of oil

This kind of oil spill is often the result of human error in the form of loading too much oil into the tank, or not checking that everything is sealed properly.

Be careful when re-filling your vehicle at petrol stations, making sure to follow all necessary instructions. Additionally, if you notice any smoke while driving, or any oil marks on the ground where your car has been parked, this might indicate a leak.

Oil spills can be devastating for the surrounding environment, so ensure you take care of the problem as soon as possible. The quicker you can get someone on site to remediate the leak, the more likely it is you will prevent any significant damage.

In one of our blogs, we explore in more detail the impact oil spills can have on the environment. This ranges from destroying wildlife and plants, to causing illness and death in animal populations. Click here to have a read.

As a vehicle owner, you should also have the oil in your engine regularly changed to stop a build-up of sludge. This sludge may damage the various metal facets of your vehicle, which can be noticed if you have the motor serviced regularly.

Damaged oil pan

An oil pan is used to contain oil, acting as a filter to rid the oil of any dirt and grime that has built-up before and after it flows through the engine. Located at the bottom of engine, this is another cause of oil spills in vehicles.

A spillage in this part of the motor is less likely, but can occur if a part of the pan is damaged or if the gasket becomes worn. Should this happen, you need to have the pan fixed by a mechanic and any leaks cleaned-up by a specialist team.

It is wise to inspect your vehicle regularly to check for visible issues, as spotting them in their early stages could save you money on a more significant problem. If you suspect there may be a problem with the vehicle, then it is best to get it seen to as soon as possible.

Hire in the specialists

At ICE Cleaning, we have years of experience in oil spillage cleaning. Our team will arrive at the scheduled time equipped with the required equipment to remove all dangers present, both in the air and on surfaces.

As part of our services, we perform oil remediation across all manner of environments. This includes:

  • Underground
  • In soil
  • On pavements
  • In the ocean

Prior to undertaking any work of this nature, our technicians undergo thorough health & safety training. This educates them on the correct methods to use for different types of oil spill clean-up, as well as how to carry out the job safely and to a high standard.

Coupled with our expertise, we also hold accreditations with several industry-leading organisations. Among these are IOSH, IPAF and Safe Contractor. We always aim to create a safe environment for all parties during our work, with accreditations such as IPAF allowing us to operate safely at height.

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Contact our friendly support team on 0208 066 0360 or to find out more about our oil spill cleaning services

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