What to know about removing an oil tank.
Removing an oil tank is a very unique activity and the company you choose to remove it is more important than you realize.
A good company will discuss the possibility of a clean removal and a leaking tank possibility. You should be aware of the downside of tank removal which is finding out the tank leaked. Quite frankly the reason you remove an oil tank is to determine if the tank is leaking. Leaking tanks can cost thousands of dollars to cleanup, non leaking tanks, well the cost to remove is the cost. You should consider that there are firms that want to find a leaking tank, because it means more money. The cheapest tank removal price you find, may wind up costing you the most. I don’t mean a difference of $50.00 or $100.00, I mean when you get a low price, the company sugarcoats the idea that the tank isn’t a leaker, the contract for removal doesn’t include soil samples and an explanation of how test results are interpreted and lastly the price doesn’t reference a report. All these items are a warning sign, we speak from experience because we get called after a tank is removed and the property owner feels they are being taken advantage of by the removal company. We ask questions and the topic of soil sampling and leaking tanks are typically omitted from these situations.
Rust never sleeps and all tanks will eventually fail, this is a factual statement. What is also factual is that not every tank leaks warranty remediation. Environmental regulations allow a certain amount of oil to remain in the ground. So you can have a leak that is not so bad and avoid spending tens of thousands of dollars to clean it up.
At Curren Environmental we have over 20 years experience with tanks, we have removed thousands of tanks and with a high level of confidence we can say that we are very good at what we do. Our tank contracts include labor and material to perform the job. We include soil sampling and a report with all our jobs. Most important we provide a decimated licensed project manager to every tank project. The project manager will guide you the project, being your primary point of contact. They will be at your property on the day or removal, will be taking soil samples and drafting the final report. We are unique in the industry in that we provide a detailed explanation of work and we work hard to save clients money. We would rather take additional soil samples to help be your advocate and show that the tank leak is not serious.