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Oil Tank Abandonment: Leak Detection

Homeowners that use fuel oil for heating often have a tank buried in their yard. If they decide at a later time to switch to gas for heating, then an abandonment process is an option for the old tank. Tanks that are buried underground need to be opened up, cleaned out and filled with foam or sand. An article posted on the Asbury Park Press website talks about the importance of leak detection in tanks.  


“The township inspector checks to make sure the contents of the tank have been completely removed.”  

A homeowner may decide to use oil tank abandonment as an option instead of removing an old oil tank. Most of the time this is typically due to the expense of hiring a company to dig up the tank. Extra steps will then be needed to restore the landscape of the property.
The proper procedure for abandonment first requires excavating the ground to access the tank. Cutting is then needed to open a hole in the top of the tank. The contents of the tank will be pumped out before the tank is finally filled. Oil tanks that go through abandonment are left in the ground. This can cause a problem over time if any leaking occurs from residue left in the tank.
 One issue with abandonment is that the inspector for the town or city is not able to see if there is a hole in the tank. Holes that may exist at the bottom of a tank cannot be seen and are an issue as there can be the potential for leaks. This is not an issue when the tank is removed from the ground.  

Cases of abandonment are a problem for the real estate industry. Homeowners will need to disclose the existence of any underground tank when putting their home up for sale. If you have any questions about oil tank abandonment and options for removal, then contact us for details.


POSTED BY ats_admin ON November 26th, 2012

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