Yes you read that correctly! For the past several weeks or so we’ve been dealing with a fuel spill that occurred at our home. We currently rent a home right on the ocean’s edge, it’s an older home with a furnace that runs on oil. Little did we know that while my in laws would be visiting our family, we would run out of heat! I called a company to come and refill our tank, but something incredibly horrible happened and the technician spilt fuel all over our front concrete patio. Not only that but the oil started to leak into the house in our laundry room. This all happened when we had Nathan’s parents, and several other extended family members visiting! Horrible.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling diesel fuel before, you know it’s crazy strong smelling and seeps into everything! We spent some time as a cramped family at a local hotel while air scrubbers worked 24/7 to make our home liveable again. We are back in our home but the long and tedious work of reclaiming the land is now being done. This means jackhammering out loads of concrete patio, digging out huge trenches in front of our home, and now “under pinning” the house to reinforce the digging that has to occur UNDER the house. Finally once all of that is done (and that is weeks away), they will tear out the concrete and lino floor in our laundry room and the wall that was soaked with diesel as it all poured in.
I have been working my way through our laundry that we unfortunate enough to be in that room when the fuel leak happened, it’s tough to get the smell of diesel out. I have felt SO sick from it, it’s been a nightmare. I’ve found the best solution for the odor problem is washing them with baking soda, Tide and a bit of Dawn dish detergent. This seems to be the best concoction thus far.
In any case, that is the lovely situation we find ourselves in. Yet I want to convey how lucky we feel that we are back in our home, and things will be taken care of. We feel blessed to live here on this beautiful island, and we have so many kind friends who have cared for us over the past weeks as we’ve dealt with this mess. Lucky to know we have so many to lean on!
So that’s the scoop from my end of things – just wanted to share with you! XO Daria