Safe Under Ground Oil Storage Removal
In the '70's and '80's it was not uncommon in New England, for people putting up larger homes to have bulk oil storage tanks installed outside, underground. This was thought to be more cost effective and to lessen the possibility of running out of fuel.
In spite of the preparations to the outsides of the tanks, over time, moisture in the ground as well as condensation inside the tanks cause them to erode and let the oil leak out and contaminate the ground. As this s environmentally dangerous the tanks should be removed before they deteriorate. It must also be addressed before the home owner considers selling their new home as lenders will not assume the risk to the mortgage with an in-ground tank, as well as insurance companies that issue home owners insurance. Although it is not a legal mandate in Connecticut, it is the wise choice.
Many oil companies have contact names for safe removal of underground storage tanks as a service to their clients. Here in Prospect CT, a call to the health district will obtain a list of people that have also done qualified removal.
There is also word of mouth from friends that have had the work done or know of someone that has had the work done as well.
It is important to talk the process out thoroughly with the contractors for a sense of comfort, as well as getting detailed estimates as to scope of work through completion as well as repair of the ground once the machinery has been removed.
Permits need to be obtained and inspectors notified as to when the work will be ready for inspection prior to removal of the tank. In most towns the building inspector needs to be called to view the installation of the new tanks; the health district is brought in to do ground sampling to verify no leakage of the old tank, as well as the fire marshal.
The first part of the process is to get the new tanks installed in the basement or garage of the home. Also, a call to the power company to locate any underground utilities and clearly mark their locations so as to prevent heavy machinery from traveling over them as well as not getting them with the digging. At the same time any other below grade services such as water or septic need to be located and marked.
With the excavation started and the tank exposed, the ground can be viewed and any questionable areas tested. If there is a question of seepage of oil into the ground the wok will be watched closely and the tank carefully removed in a manner to not cause further. With ground contamination, the contaminated soil must be carefully removed and enough taken to be assured that all has been removed. The contaminated soil is hauled to a location where it will be remediated and then properly disposed. The hole that as created by the tank removal will be back filled with good soil, graded and ground cover replaced.
Once all the soil samples that were taken have been processed, a laboratory report and certification will be issued to the homeowner, who will need them for verification of certified removal when the home is sold, as well as proof to their insurance company.
Doing some research in advance and making sure that the people that do the work are licensed, insured and experienced will allow all to be done correctly and smoothly.
Safe Under Ground Oil Storage Removal
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