Tank Removal Safety
Leaking underground oil storage tanks are the responsibility of the current property owner – even if the leak occurred before they bought the home or business. It’s important that homebuyers determine whether a tank is buried outside and if it’s leaking. The next decision to make, once you determine the status of the tank, is whether or not to completely remove it from the property.
Properly abandoned oil tanks can prevent many problems, including the contamination and devaluation of the property. The procedures practiced by reputable contractors ensure that every measure is taken to protect homeowners:
- The oil storage tank is uncovered so that the top of the tank is exposed, which is then cut open in order to access the tank.
- The remaining oil and sediments that may have formed within the tank are removed.
- The empty tank is backfilled with sand to aid in the prevention of collapse and sinkholes.
- All fill pipes are disconnected, removed or blocked with concrete to avoid accidental delivery attempts.
Oil tank removal is a permanent option that can prevent future damage to the property and is ideal for those looking to buy or sell a home. If you’re purchasing or selling a home, ask a local NYOHA full-service dealer about your options and if they offer tank removal services.