Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Oil Tank Removal

Here at Professional Tank & Environmental, we’re a family-owned and operated heating oil tank installation, service, and removal company. For years, our team of engineers has provided regulated tank removal in Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. As commercial and residential experts, we also offer soil remediation consultation and applications when necessary. Because we receive so many questions concerning oil tank removal, we’ve created this post to answer the ones that appear most frequently.

Can a Leaky or Problematic Oil Tank Be Ignored?

Abandoning a faulty oil tank is a way of delaying the inevitable. In time, it will lead to problems, and these problems could become very expensive. There are many different types of oil tanks in circulation. Although older models that have single steel wall types will not leak, corrosion and rust could breach the casing and cause petroleum to leak into the ground.

Even if a tank is in good condition, the piping connected to the tank can incur problems. Therefore, we recommend having the whole system removed by a professional. Delaying this process can create many extra costs.

What if a Leak Is Discovered During Oil Tank Removal?

This is a cause for concern. If your oil tank is proven to be the source of water or ground contamination, the potential liabilities can be huge. How this problem is addressed will depend on whether the oil has reached groundwater and the size of the leak. However, there are loans and grants available in some instances that will help to cover the cost of oil tank cleanup and removal.

What Is the Oil Tank Removal Process?

During oil tank removal, a technician will come and take precise ground measurements, check how much oil remains in the tank, and estimate a removal cost. Next, the relevant paperwork should be completed and filed. After this, your town will issue a permit, and appropriate utility companies will be contacted to avoid any damage or disruption to their materials.

Once the tank has been successfully removed, an inspector will check for oil leaks in the immediate area. If a leak is identified, appropriate steps will be taken to remove contamination. When the area is given the green light, grass seed or hay will be used to cover the space, making it look more presentable.

How to Pick the Best Oil Tank Removal Company

Look for a company with experience and a good reputation. Oil tank removal requires professional experience. Therefore amateurs should be avoided at all costs. Work with a company that uses its own personnel, equipment, and insurance. It’s also important to check that they have the appropriate licensing.

For more information, and to schedule oil tank removal in Montgomery County, contact us today.