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Posted by Scott on November 04, 2005 at 21:49:26:
My brand new Weil Mclein oil boiler came with a faulty oil pump gasket- about a quart of #2 heating oil ended up on my unpainted, old (very porous) cement foundation, covering a circle about 3 feet in diameter. Needless to say, the entire house reaks of oil now.
I had another much smaller oil leak occur a few months back and the technician used some pink liquid (I think) that smelled about 1,000 times worse than the oil did. Is there a natural substance (one that doesn't smell bad) that will get the oil out of the foundation and remove the smell? I'm probably stretching logic here a bit, but I was thinking about how a clay beauty mask is supposed to draw oil from facial pores.
Could a layer of clay slurry that's allowed to dry 'draw' oil from the cement?
Could I torch the floor and burn the oil away? I'm sure it'll smoke like crazy, but I think it would be better to have a few days of really noxious smoke rather than a few months of this nauseating oil smell.
Any thoughts would be HUGELY appreciated.
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