Removing an underground heating oil tank

What to know and how to go about it

Underground heating oil tanks can be a really tricky business especially if you’re not particularly knowledgeable in wire rope construction or don’t really know what is heating oil. For that reason, there are still many oil tanks buried all over the place. Most of them are not functional anymore but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re there. Removing them is a lot easier than one might think but at the same time it’s trickier than others might assume. The truth is that hiring a contractor should allow you to get rid of the tank on the same day as the project starts.  Starting to work on this yourself however can make the project a lot longer, not to mention that it would imply some serious health hazards.

Going about the research

Removing an oil tank isn’t as easy as just getting a shovel and starting to dig (not like that would work anyways). There are a lot of valuables that could come into play and the only way to make sure that you aren’t violating any laws or not doing something you shouldn’t, it’s always important to first check in with your local authorities so that they can give you the full scoop on what needs to be done before and after the tank removal.

Getting professional help

Professional help is not negotiable in this situation. You absolutely need someone that knows exactly what they’re doing for this job otherwise you will most likely damage your house and the ground itself. You can get a contractor to work your case pretty easily. In order to find a professional contractor that handles tank removals, you could inquire at affiliated HQ’s like your oil company or even the local fire station.

Preparation and cleaning

Before you scoop up the first bit of dirt, you need to make sure that you have all your permits in order. You can get in the middle of some really unnecessary debacles just because you didn’t have all your permits when you started working. Once you make sure that you have all the documentation you and your contractor need, make sure that you have all the necessary equipment and resources. Only then can you safely start removing the tank.

The contractor should know exactly what the steps for removing the tank should be. Once the tank is removed, make sure you take the time to mend whatever alterations you have brought on the ground where the excavation took place. Also make sure to inspect the place for spillage and pollution before filling the hole back up. It’s important to clean the spot and take care of any leakage that might have occurred from the oil tank.

Importance of handling the situation with haste

This isn’t the kind of situation that can be postponed. The faster you get started in removing your underground oil tank, the better. If there are already leaks present, they will continue to spill and contaminate the ground. It’s not  just about the environment but also about your own finances. Oil tank leakage usually leads to inflated bills at the end of the month. You might have already noticed the fact that your bills seem a bit spiked up. That might be because the oil tank is leaking.


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