Buried oil tanks raise increasing environmental, safety, legal and economic concerns for home owners and home buyers because oil leaks underground can lead to both environmental damage and costly cleanup operations.
Many tanks consist of iron-based metals that become compromised by corrosion. Corrosion eventually creates holes in the tank that cause petroleum to leak into the environment. Storage tank removal consists of pumping out the tank, a comprehensive cleaning, a thorough inspection, and excavation. Upon extraction, the surrounding soil must be appropriately screened for contamination. Next, all piping is evaluated and subsequently removed, capped off, or left in place. Excavations are then filled in with soil and restored. All removed tank contents, piping, and debris are properly disposed of.