Crawlspace Oil Tank Removal

Oil tanks were installed with no thought of ever having to remove the tank from the property.  This is contrary to current regulations and home buyer requests to have oil tanks removed and tested.

Homeowners began converting to fuel oil back in the 1940s, when it was marketed as a cleaner alternative to coal. By 1960, 32 percent of houses in the United States had oil heat.

Whether it be in a crawlspace, basement or under the ground, your oil tank is anywhere between 40 and 80 years old and either is leaking or will eventually leak, hey rust never sleeps.   If your crawlspace or basement tank leaks, the pungent heating oil odor will emanate throughout your home…a smell that is difficult and costly to remediate.  

The name says it all, oil tanks in a crawlspace.  Crawl space is a space that is usually only large enough in height to crawl through, hence the name crawlspace.  Openings to even access the crawlspace are small as the photo illustrates. 

crawlspace oil tank

The good news about crawlspace oil tanks is the crawlspace has to have some height to fit a tank.


crawlspace heating oil AST


removing an oil tank from a crawlspace


Many crawlspaces are concrete, so inspection of the tank for leaks at time of removal can be visual.  Dirt crawlspaces typically require soil sampling. 


The photo below is a UST in a crawlspace.  A UST by Federal definition is a tank which is buried 10% or more below grade. 

Oil Tank




Most all crawlspace tanks require dismantling to be able to remove the tank from the space.  If you started putting these pieces together you would have a jigsaw picture of an oil tank. 

crawlspace oil tank closure-1


Curren has removed and tested thousands of tanks over the last 20 plus years.  If you want expert advice and  professional work performed for your crawlspace tank, call Curren