Question: It rains a lot where I’m located, and the rain often comes into contact with jet fuel, gas and hydraulic oil on the ground. What can I use to surround the puddles of rainwater and absorb the oil and fuel so it doesn’t get down a storm drain?
Answer: Luckily, there are special absorbents for situations just like yours. There are a couple different options depending on the size of the puddles and how much fuel and oil you need to absorb.
You can surround a small puddle of rainwater with an oil-only absorbent sock that will capture and prevent any fuel and oil from escaping the puddle. Absorbent socks aren’t very heavy, though, and should be tethered so they don’t float away. Absorbent booms are heavier and longer versions of socks and work better for larger spills.
You can also lay down oily water filter mats inside the puddle to capture any oil or fuel that doesn’t make its way to the edge.
If the oil and fuel you need to absorb is more of a sheen (rainbow) on the ground, our Sheen Clean loose absorbent would be a better choice because it is specially formulated to remove very thin layers left behind after a larger oil-based spill has been absorbed.
You should also consider ways to prevent the oil and fuel from getting to the ground in the first place. If you’re storing these materials in containers, you can place the containers inside a covered spill pallet to prevent any rainwater from reaching them. You could also capture leaks and drips as they happen with an absorbent mat or pillow under problem areas.
Finally, if you’re worried about oil and fuel getting down your storm drains, you can use a drain cover to seal them off while it’s raining or during fluid transfer.
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