Your oil tank – do you know about it? Do you know where it’s located? What it does? What kind of shape it’s in? Do you even know if you have an oil tank? As a homeowner, these are all questions you should know the answers to. Your oil tank needs to be a priority because if it is not properly taken care of, it can cause a lot of problems for you, your family and your property down the line.
Below we have outlined how an oil tank can affect you followed by what oil tank services are your best options for protecting your property.
Your oil tank affects your property
As long as there is an oil tank on your property, you are at risks for oil leaks and spills. This can cause large amounts of damage to your soil and land as well as result in a messy and expensive clean up. While environmental issues are possible and an obvious disadvantage to oil tanks, there are other ways that oil tanks can cause problems.
Oil tanks bring down the value of your property. Why? Because they pose dangerous threats to the environment and in particular, the land you live on. You may run into problems if you try to sell your home because your home may seem less desirable.
Is your insurance payment more than you would like it to be? It may be because of your oil tank. Homes with oil tanks usually have higher insurance premiums because of the risks of oil spills and leaks.
Keep your property safe
If you have an oil tank, it’s not the end of the world. There are a number of different oil tank services to keep you, your family and your property out of danger.
By having your oil tank regularly inspected, you lower the risk of an unknown leak or spill. There are three types of inspections that should be performed on your oil tank: the initial inspections, routine inspections and pre-delivery inspections.
The initial inspection will be the first and most thorough inspection of the tank. Any problems found with the tank should be addressed as soon as possible. After this inspection, a routine inspection should be scheduled at least once a year. During the routine inspection the service technician will look for changes in the tank since the first inspection. The pre-delivery inspection is done before adding oil to the tank by the oil driver. Their main goal is to make sure they are delivering oil to the right tank.
The number one thing to look for during these inspections is water. Water in an oil tank can cause a lot of problems. Water will cause the tank to rust which will eventually cause a leak.
If you don’t think inspections are the right choice for you, you can always have the oil tank removed. This option resolves all environmental issues as well as property value and insurance concerns. To remove an oil tank, an oil tank removal company will first remove the oil from the tank. The tank will be cut into pieces and have all oil sludge removed. Any associated vents and pipes will be disconnected and removed. For tanks that are underground, soil sampling will take place to ensure there was no contamination. If done right, the process should only take a few hours. However, if you have an underground take, property restoration will be necessary.
Some people chose oil tank abandonment instead of oil tank removal. Both processes have the same idea – to remove the danger of oil leaks. Oil tank abandonment started the same by having the oil removed from the tank and cleaning the tank of all oil sludge. This process will also disconnect all pipes and vents associated with the oil tank. Once all this is done, the oil tank will be filled with sand or gravel and left on the property. This is the better option for those who want minimal property restoration but it does not address property value and insurance.
An oil tank can cause trouble but if you take care of properly then you can avoid any problems and keep your property safe. Any of these oil tank services will be able to help you manage your oil tank. For more advice on how to properly maintenance your oil tank or to learn more about oil tank removal or abandonment, give us a call.