Protect yourself against a leaking fuel oil tank

Soil remediation insurance

Protect yourself against a leaking fuel oil tank

Soil remediation insurance

If you heat your home or apartment with fuel oil, you are responsible for regularly inspecting your tank and the remediation of any polluted soil. This applies to owners, tenants and landlords. Did you know that the user of the land is the one who is obligated to remediate? So even if you are a tenant, you are at risk.

Over 3% of fuel oil tanks will leak at some point in their lifetime, often due to rust. However, contamination can also occur when filling up your tank. In both cases, you are the one who must cover the costs of soil remediation, i.e. cleaning up the contaminated soil. The costs can total thousands of euros.

KBC Soil Contamination Insurance offers you good protection. This insurance covers all remediation costs up to 60 000 euros. KBC will also take care of the organisation of the compulsory remediation for you, in accordance with the prescribed procedure.

Do you already have fire insurance from KBC? If so, you can add soil remediation insurance to your existing home insurance policy.

What is insured?

Both the risk as well as the practical organisation of the obligatory soil remediation are insured.

We'll take care of the entire clean-up process for you.

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We'll also send an assessor to:

  • Determine the nature and seriousness of the pollution
  • Take measures to limit the consequences
  • Advise you on the legally prescribed procedures if the soil is contaminated
  • Help you take care of the formalities

We'll organise the clean-up if you are legally obligated to remediate.

  • Soil surveys
  • Clean-up
  • If the pollution has spread to your neighbour's land, we will continue the clean-up process on their land

We'll also compensate damage resulting from the remediation process, such as damage to your or your neighbour's garden.

What is not insured?

  • Contamination which already existed when the cover commenced
  • Any decrease in value of the remediated soil
  • Additional costs caused by the presence of other polluting substances
  • A tank that does not meet the legal requirements
  • Governmental intervention
  • Pollution resulting from natural disasters

Things you also need to know

  • The KBC Soil Contamination Insurance is a property insurance policy that can be added to the KBC Home Insurance
  • You don't pay a deductible
  • KBC will pay out a maximum of 60 000 euros per loss
  • Only fuel oil tanks that are less than 40 years old can be insured
  • Only fuel oil tanks with a storage capacity of up to 20 000 litres can be insured

Further information

  • This product is governed by the laws of Belgium.
  • The types of insurance in this policy apply for a term of one year and will be tacitly renewed unless terminated no later than three months before the principal renewal date.
  • Your intermediary is your first point of contact for any complaints you may have. If no agreement can be reached, you can contact
    KBC complaints Management, Brusselsesteenweg 100, 3000 Leuven,, tel. 0800 620 84 (free number) or 078 15 20 45 (pay number), fax 016 86 30 38. If this does not result in a satisfactory solution, you can contact the Insurance Ombudsman, which acts for the entire industry, at Meeûsplantsoen 35, 1000 Brussels, or visit
    However, you always retain the right to initiate legal proceedings.

For a KBC Home Insurance policy quote, please visit our website or contact your KBC insurance intermediary.

KBC Home Insurance is a product of KBC Insurance – Professor Roger Van Overstraetenplein 2 – 3000 Leuven – Belgium
 – VAT No. BE 0403.552.563 – RLP Leuven – IBAN BE43 7300 0420 0601 – BIC KREDBEBB
 The company is licensed by the National Bank of Belgium, de Berlaimontlaan 14, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, for all classes of insurance under code 0014 (Royal Decree of 4 July 1979, Belgian Official Gazette of 14 July 1979).
Member of the KBC Group

For a concise description of the cover, the main exclusions and other useful information, please refer to the product fact sheet.

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