When considering who to hire keep in mind that the lowest price doesn’t often mean the best result. Many contractors and landscapers who offer to remove buried tanks do not have the correct insurance, experience or disposal permits required to do the job correctly. The term “legally abandoned” is widely used, however legal abandonment does not address existing or potential liabilities from leakage. We have found many instances where individuals have been given assurances that their tanks had been “legally abandoned” but during the course of investigation prior leakage is discovered. Once title is transferred, the property owner is responsible for the cleanup. Many attorneys will advise their clients to insist that the sellers have the tank removed in order for the sale to proceed. It is strongly advised that a reputable environmental company be hired to perform this type of work due to their expertise in providing the type of documentation that will be required to prove that the job was done correctly.
This homeowner had a certificate of “legal abandonment” but oil that was never removed from the tank is clearly visible.
Upon discovery of a leak, the NYSDEC must be informed and a spill number is generated. The only way to close out the spill number is to prove to NYSDEC that the spill was properly cleaned up, a process called remediation. Remediation does not need to be synonymous with uncontrolled spending. We work with all insurance companies in cases where there is coverage. If the clean-up is to be funded by the home owner we will meet with them in advance of any work to discuss options available to them along with the associated costs.
The best (and typically lease expensive) option is an above ground storage tank. These tanks can be placed both inside and outside of the home. Our installations include all new piping and an updated copper feed that is coated for extra protection. Although a 275 gallon is the most common size tank we install we can provide a number of other tank options featuring different capacity amounts and construction types. Call for more information.
Standard Oil Tank
This tank is a single wall made of 12 gauge steel. These tanks can be ordered as either a vertical or horizontal standing unit.
Eco-Gard Oil Tank
This tank features a double bottom with a leak detection system and containment system.
Roth Oil Tank
This tank features a double wall construction comprised of a steel outer tank and a polyethylene inner tank. This tank MUST be installed by a ROTH approved installer in order for the warranty to be honored. Enviro Clean is a ROTH approved installer.