Many people have recently switched from fuel oil heating to natural gas. Even though they did so, many of them still keep obsolete furnaces, boilers and fuel tanks in their homes. Some people may think they don’t have to remove their old oil tanks but what they need to know is that an unused furnace or tank will rust much faster than those in use.

Your tank may still have some oil in it which can spill or leak anytime. The fact that it’s not in use and rusting only increases the hazard of that to happen. All oil tanks, underground and above ground have air vents so they’re prone to catching moisture from air humidity. That is why they rust quickly. And you may not be aware of that, as it all happens inside the tank.

Rusting definitely leads to tank failures and leakages of remaining oil, which is a real environmental accident on your property and requires immediate and costly removal of both tank and oil spill. It doesn’t matter if your tank is underground or above ground one. In both cases urgent and expensive removal is needed.

How To Remove Your Old Oil Tank

oil-tank-removalTimely removal of an old oil tank is needed to avoid all difficulties and extra costs. You will need to hire a qualified technician to do this job. By hiring qualified contractors you will be assured that the job will be carried out properly, and that you will be covered in case anything goes wrong during the tank removal process. Ask the contractor of your choice whether they are licensed, registered and insured.

Before you schedule a tank removal appointment check whether the contractor of your choice has previous experience in tank removing. The federal government classifies oil as a hazardous material. Do not try to remove the tank on your own, even if you think you have all the needed equipment. It is against the law and you’re very likely to make some dangerous mistakes if you lack experience.

You will need a permit from the local government for the tank removal. The prices vary among counties and towns, but they’re usually less than $100. The permit will enable you to apply for better home insurance options and you will get a better price if you put your property on sale.

You also need to know that tank removal includes cutting the tank into pieces, removal of pipes and vents it utilized and disposal of the remaining oil and sludge. If your tank is underground, it’s also necessary to take soil samples to see whether it has been contaminated.

Undergorund tanks may also be abandoned instead of removed. That works by filling the tank with a special material inside so that it can no longer be used.

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