FAQs

How do I find out if I have an underground oil tank?

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home it is a good idea to have your property checked for an underground tank. We can conduct a “tank sweep”, and full details can be found here (active link to services page)

I’m thinking of selling my house. What should I do with my underground oil tank?

If you are thinking about selling your house, you should remove your tank prior to placing your home on the market. The buyer’s attorney will not want them to take on the responsibility of an underground oil tank. Removing your underground storage tank beforehand will expedite the selling process and save you money in legal costs during contract negotiations and attorney review.

How long does it take to remove an oil tank?

Once the permits are obtained, it only takes one day for on-site work to extract an oil tank. If there are no signs of contamination, then the paperwork can be completed on the second day, making this a two day job.

How long does the remediation process take?

Excavation of contaminated soil only takes one day. The soil samples take 7 to 10 days and once they are received, the final report is then generated in approximately two weeks.

What about soil sampling before a tank is removed?

You may have the option of having four soil samples taken from the four corners of the top of the tank (approximately 8 feet in depth) and submit all four samples to a licensed laboratory, or submit one composite of all four soil samples. However, you must keep in mind that soil sampling cannot be collected beneath of the base of the tank and does NOT guarantee that you do not have a leaking oil tank.