4 Questions about Oil Tank Removal

When you own or buy a property with oil tanks on it, you may have a lot of questions. Most people don’t know too much, if anything, about oil tanks. Oil tanks can cause damage to your property and can cause you big if they aren’t property taken care of.

If you choose to keep an oil tank on your property it is vital that you schedule annual inspections to make sure the tank is functioning properly. T. Slack Environmental Services provides full oil tank inspections and environment audits. Additionally, we also perform oil tank removals. Before you decide to undergo oil tank removal, you may have some questions. We’ve complied the most common and answered them for you so you’re prepared for the process and understand why it might be a good idea to have your oil tank removed.

Why should I remove my oil tank?

There are a few reasons you should remove your oil tank. If the oil tank is old, it can become damaged and spring a leak easily compared to newer oil tanks. If the oil tank is unused then it is probably causing more harm than good.

If the oil tank fails and inspection, it should be removed immediately. An oil tank fails an inspection when water is detected inside the tank. Once water gets inside the tank it begins to rust and can easily start to leak. Finally, if the tank is leaking, then it needs to be removed as soon as possible. The longer it sits in the ground and leaks, the more damage it will do.

What is the difference between oil tank removal and oil tank abandonment?

During oil tank removal, the tank is completely removed from the ground. Soil remediation is performed and then the property is put back together. During oil tank abandonment the oil is carefully removed from the tank, soil remediation is performed and the tank is filled with sand and gravel. During oil tank abandonment, the tank remains in the ground on the property. This results in less property damage during the process but can still cause problems down the line.

How does an oil tank affect my property?

If you choose not to remove an oil tank from your property, your property value is decreased. If you ever try to sell the property, you may run into problems with potential buyers who do not want an oil tank on their property. Additionally, insurance rates will be higher because of the risks oil tanks pose to property owners.

Do I have to remove my oil tank?

If your oil tank is properly maintained and expected yearly, it does not have to be removed. However, if the tank starts to leak , spill or fails inspection it will have to be removed from the ground. The tank will have to be removed and the soil remediation process will have to take place to ensure that the property is safe. If the tank is left to leak, the oil will eventually leak into the groundwater which is a much higher expense than soil remediation.

If you have any other questions about oil tank removal or any oil tank service, give the experts at Tslack a call.

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