How to Find an Underground Oil Tank
Decades ago, it was a fairly common practice to bury an oil tank underground on a residential or commercial property for energy usage. The problem, however, is abandoned oil tanks can cause very serious problems as their materials degrade, and not all property owners who sell their land notify the buyers about buried oil tanks.
If your home was built in 1975 or earlier, you should probably ask, “How do I know if there is an underground oil tank on my property?” Our experts at All American Environmental are here to answer your questions.
Signs of an Underground Oil Tank
There are several warning signs you may have a buried oil tank. First, you may notice your soil is oily because oil is leaking out of the corroding tank. Second, you may have unidentified pipes sticking out of the ground. And, third, you could have extra pipelines entering your basement from outside without knowing where they lead. Any of these could signal your home has an abandoned oil tank buried underground. However, keep in mind that even if these signs are not apparent, you may still have an underground oil tank. So, it’s always good practice to have your property inspected regardless.
What to Do if You Think You Have an Underground Oil Tank
The above signs can be clues, but the only way to know for sure is to hire a professional for an oil tank sweep. Our professionals at All American Environmental have years of expertise and use cutting-edge technology to perform accurate and effective oil tank sweeps. The process involves using specialized tools, such as metal detectors, radar, magnetometry, or radio frequency machines, to identify the tank’s exact location.
What to Do if You Have an Oil Tank Buried under Your House
If it is confirmed that you have an underground oil tank on your property, it’s very important to remove it. These tanks can cause several long-term problems. Any remaining oil can leak out and contaminate your soil and/or water supply, and if and when the tank is empty, it can collapse under the weight of your soil, opening a very damaging and dangerous sinkhole. In fact, many municipalities require that property owners remove any underground oil tanks. In this case, our team at All American Environmental can use our extensive experience and cutting-edge equipment to remove your oil tank in a safe, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly way.
Minimize your Risk of Damage and Safety Issues to your Home
Any property owner knows how upsetting it is to discover unexpected problems that can take money, time, and work to fix. However, dealing with an abandoned underground oil tank promptly is an important step to minimize your risk of damage and safety issues in the future.
Be rest assured
Our professionals at All American Environmental will make the process as quick and painless as possible, giving you back your peace of mind. If you suspect you may have an underground oil tank on your property, contact All American Environmental to schedule an oil tank sweep today.