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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.

Client Testimonials


Our Commitment To Our Clients

Throughout time many things change, one thing that remains consistent is our sincere dedication to our clients. You can trust Aegis for quality, dependable service that is done within the framework of good science. Our staff takes great pride in being service-orientated and going the extra mile to meet our clients’ expectations. Our professional staff will get the job done and work in a manner that will give you the peace of mind you deserve while taking care of your environmental needs.


Jillian Holloway
Jillian Holloway
March 1, 2023
Mya was thorough, knowledgeable & friendly! She went above and beyond to help today! She has a strong background in environmental science and an excellent work ethic! She made sure our questions were addressed and took the time to explain her findings! Keep it up!
Mélanie Clapiès
Mélanie Clapiès
June 23, 2022
We had a fantastic experience with Aegis all along. They were prompt answering and scheduling us for an inspection. Jonathan Hoover came to check our basement for asbestos. He was very knowledgeable and took the time to kindly answer our many questions. It was so reassuring to work with someone so professional, patient, and so accommodating! I would absolutely recommend working with Aegis and won't hesitate hiring their services again in the future.
Rumeet Mehta
Rumeet Mehta
May 30, 2022
Best service, highly recommend!
Kyle Dougherty
Kyle Dougherty
May 24, 2022
Mya was my technician and was quick and easy to work with. Their prices are higher then the others but to me it was worth it since they kept their promise time to get results. This made things much easier for me since I was waiting for these results for my mortgage. Thanks Aegis!
Vance Nonno
Vance Nonno
April 12, 2022
Aegis provided excellent service. The inspector/worker, Jonathan Hoover, that came out was very polite and knowledgeable. I would recommend Aegis Environmental for any residential asbestos concerns.
Seth Wilcock
Seth Wilcock
January 28, 2022
Fantastic company to work with. I'm under contract to buy a home and an underground storage tank was discovered by my home inspector. After a call with Aegis, they were able to get out to the property quickly to assess the problem. Turns out, there are FOUR underground storage tanks present since the property is multi-family. They have been very thorough, professional, and communicative to work with so far. I highly recommend working with them for any/all of your environmental remediation/cleanup needs.
Lily May
Lily May
December 1, 2021
Jonathan was extremely responsive and answered any questions I had immediately! I appreciate his willingness to update me every step of the way and provide me with results I could feel confident in. Highly recommend doing business with this company! You can tell they truly appreciate their customers and put 100% effort into every test!
Andre Malone
Andre Malone
November 9, 2021
Excellent Service. Tech was very informative
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