Preventing Plumbing Problems

Preventing Plumbing Problems

Underground Fuel Tanks: What Homeowners Need To Know

by Calvin Simmmons

Existing home sales make up the largest segment of home sales in the nation each year. Most of these transactions are relatively routine, with few unpleasant surprises for any of the parties involved. Sometimes, however, an issue will arise that can cause a problem for the seller and buyer.

One such issue is when an abandoned oil tank is discovered on the property. If you are selling a home and have concerns about the possibility of there being one of these tanks involved, here is some important information you will need to know. 

Using clues to search the property

Underground oil tanks that have been abandoned for several years may exist without the current homeowner's knowledge. This can happen if a previous seller failed to make proper disclosure when they sold the property and no problem or excavation since has led to its discovery. Homeowners who wonder if their property might have an abandoned fuel tank can look for clues, including: 

  • checking with previous owners to see if the home was ever heated with oil, even if it now uses gas or electric as a heat source
  • looking for an area near the home where grass struggles to grow due to possible seepage of oil into the soil in that location
  • looking for a pipe or pipes that extend to or near the surface of the soil

In most cases, an underground home heating oil tank would be located close to the foundation of the home near the area where the furnace or heater would have connected to it. In addition to searching outside the home, homeowners should also look for interior clues, such as old supply lines or oil stains on the inside wall near where the furnace is located. 

Understanding the danger involved

An old underground fuel tank is not just an inconvenience. Instead, the existence of this type of deteriorating, hollow metal structure can create a real danger for the collapse of the soil above it. If the tank's condition is deteriorated and it still holds oil or oil-laden groundwater inside it, there can be seepage issues that carry hefty fines and the potential for significant ecological damage to the environment. 

Homeowners who have concerns about the known or unknown existence of an underground oil tank on the property can have a professional oil tank testing and removal company to inspect the property. If an underground tank is discovered, these professionals can assist homeowners with obtaining the proper permits and executing a safe removal process. 

For more information, contact a company like A & A Oil Recovery Co.


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Preventing Plumbing Problems

It isn't always easy to know where to start when it comes to household maintenance, but a few years ago I realized I needed a new septic system. We were having a problem with our drains draining properly, so we turned to some experts for some help. They walked us through every aspect of the plumbing process, and within a few days, we were having a brand new septic tank installed. It was great to see just how much better things ran when the septic was working, and this blog is evidence of how much something like that can help.