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Heating Oil Tank Closure

Piper - Scent Dog

Indianapolis Heating Oil Tank Removal

Many residential homes utilize heating oil as their source of fuel for their furnaces. The heating oil is stored in an above-ground storage tank (AST) that may be in a basement, garage, or outside of the home. The heating oil is often stored in an underground storage tank (UST). Any heating oil tank is susceptible to leaks, which could lead to quite an expense for the homeowner when a clean up is in order. Aegis has extensive experience and is certified in tank removal/abandonment. Aegis offers the following services to assist a homeowner with their heating oil tanks.

  • UST and AST oil tank removal
  • In-place UST closure
  • Soil and groundwater testing
  • Vapor intrusion assessment
  • Remediation services

FAQs About Heating Oil Tank Removal

I have an old tank on my property; does it need to be removed?
Heating oil tanks are exempt from EPA regulations and generally do not need to be removed. However, if the tank leaks, the contamination caused by the leak is regulated and may result in expensive clean-up costs. The best and less costly proactive approach may be to have the tank removed before you know of any leaks.

A home inspection report indicates I have a heating oil tank that needs to be removed. How do I know if it has leaked?
As shown in FAQ #1, heating oil tanks are exempt from EPA regulations. If the tank’s removal or closure is agreed upon in a sales agreement, it will likely need to be removed or closed in place. However, a release from an unregulated underground storage tank (UST) is regulated and may be expensive to investigate and clean-up. A few warning signs can indicate whether or not your UST may be leaking include; water in your UST, you or your neighbors smell heating oil in your home’s sump, or see an oily sheen on water near your property. If your neighbors make you aware of a smell of petroleum in their basements or the water you use tastes or smells like petroleum, there is a good chance a leak has occurred.

What do I do when I suspect there is a problem with the tank?
If you suspect that a leak may have occurred, you need to immediately have the tank and soil around it inspected by a professional and follow their recommendations.

How much does it cost to remove a tank?
The cost of underground storage tank clean-up or removal varies from one project to another, depending on the tank’s size, location, and clean up required.

It is important to know that most heating oil tanks are not regulated. However, if a spill occurs or the tank leaks the resulting contamination is regulated and a clean-up may be required. Furthermore, it is also important that the closure or removal of any tank be properly documented. If and when the property is sold these closure documents will be important.

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