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Myths and Facts About Underground Oil Tanks

Underground Oil Tanks

If you've never thought about it before, it can be hard to know whether your home has an underground oil tank. But if you're reading this, chances are that you're curious about it now.

If you want to know for sure, there are a few ways to find out. The easiest way is to just ask your neighbors and friends—it's possible that one of them knows what's going on with the old house next door or down the street. If they don't, though, there are other ways to find out.

The first thing to do is check around the house and look for pipes sticking out of the ground. If you see two pipes—one big (the fill pipe) and one smaller (the vent pipe)—that could mean there's an underground oil tank nearby! But sometimes these pipes have been removed from their original location but remain underground anyway. In that case, you might want to run a test called a tank sweep: A professional company will use special equipment like ground-penetrating radar or metal detectors to identify the presence of an oil tank under your property.

Another clue? Look for copper pipes in your basement that have been capped off but aren't plumbing pipes at all; these could lead. In case you found an underground oil tank on your property here are some myths for you to learn how to keep your environment safe.

Myth: Tanks are indestructible.

Several property owners believe that metal oil tanks will never wear out. Sadly, this myth is not matching reality. There are several aspects that can lead to potential leaks. Once a leak has happened, an expert tank removal service should be brought, a quick fix can help to avoid environmental damage.

Myth: Inspections are rip-offs.

Soil and tank assessments should not be considered rip-offs. These inspections offer helpful data that an expert team can utilize to diagnose a leaking oil tank. Additionally, those inspections allow early detection and rapid containment of a new leak. Review tank removal companies insurance, references, and licenses prior to signing any contract. You can as well review the company’s Better Business Bureau page for additional information.

Myth: Tank removal is irrelevant.

The results of the abandonment of an underground oil tank are huge. In short term, a tank leak can damage a property. If left unattended for a frame of time, leaks can go deep into local groundwater, contaminate streams, and eradicate natural habitats.


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