Sidney asked: How do I an oil smell in the basement? The basement has a lingering smell of heating oil. What is most effective way of reducing/eliminating that odor?
Many homes store their heating oil tanks in the basement. It’s a convenient location, but can be hazardous when they begin to leak oil. The fact that there are oil fumes means that there is likely an oil leak or spill somewhere in the basement. It is recommended that you have the tank inspected by a qualified professional to ensure there are no leaks or damage. Then, you will be able to remove the lingering odor with one of the items below.
You Will Need:
- Odor absorber (choose one):
- Coffee grounds (unused)
- Activated charcoal (available from pet stores)
- White vinegar
Steps to Remove the Oil Smell:
- Select an odor absorber from the list above. Keep in mind that if you use coffee grounds, the odor will be removed but a coffee smell will be left in its place.
- Fill some bowls with your odor absorber.
- Set the bowls around the area where the odor is lingering.
- For stronger odors, set out additional bowls.
- Leave them set out overnight or up to a couple of days.
- When finished, dispose of the product appropriately.
Additional Tips and Advice
- There are additives that can be added to the oil tank to eliminate or minimize odors. Contact the company that delivers your oil or services your tank for additional information.
- There is a commercial product called Odor Kill. Contact your oil company for availability.
- Keep all open flames out of the area until you are sure there no leaks or spills.
- If the oil smell seems to have gotten into the air vents, change the air filter.