We can complete decommissioning projects for fuel tanks of various sizes. Our procedures are applicable for various residential, commercial, and municipal structures. Our services include:
Site Assessment or Inspection
Procurement of Decommissioning Permit
Tank Decommissioning and Removal
Soil Sampling and Testing
Site Remediation (Removal of Contaminated Soil)
About the Process
Heating oil tanks, sometimes referred to as H.O.T. in the construction industry, come in two versions: underground and aboveground. Decommissioning a heat oil tank always involves emptying the tank, followed by a meticulous triple-rinsing process, the materials are recycled and/or properly disposed of.
For aboveground tanks and piping, components are removed only after the tank is emptied and cleaned.
For underground tank systems, decommissioning has a second step that involves two different methods. One method is to remove the tank and the other involves filling the tank and leaving it in place. After either of those steps are done we make sure the site is restored.
Advantages: With the tank removed, we have better access to test the soil under and around the tank. This allows us to make sure that any contaminated soil is found and removed.
Disadvantages: The removal of tanks under decks and patios are possible but more expensive. We may also be unable to complete these steps under concrete, decks, patios, etc.
In-Place Tank Filling
Advantages: There is less disruption to landscaping and can be completed under concrete, decks, and patios.
Disadvantages: Some jurisdictions do not allow in-place tank filling. Hence, we may not be able to thoroughly inspect and test the soil around the tank. This may be an issue with insurance, mortgage companies, and future homebuyers.
Tank removal in the future also may be more expensive due to the weight of the tank as well as the type of fill material to be used.