The smart choice for underground
oil tank removals in Massachusetts
Whether you own a residential or commercial property, it’s
important to know that most underground storage tanks will last
between 10 and 50 years depending on site conditions, tank material,
and maintenance. They may eventually leak if left in place or are
improperly maintained, which could contaminate the property and
cost thousands to clean up. Even larger tanks specifically designed
for underground use can leak if they do not have adequate corrosion
protection. That’s why underground tank removals make sense
for some property owners – and CommTank can help.
Since 1994, we’ve successfully removed underground storage
tanks for thousands of residents and businesses. Whether you have
a 275-gallon tank or a 20,000-gallon tank, you can count on CommTank
to get the job done right.
What do underground tank removals involve?
Underground oil tank
removals in Massachusetts
of the fuel type in
the tank, and proper
handling of the tank’s
vapors because they
may be highly flammable.
Prior to removing
your underground storage
tank, our licensed,
will inspect your
property to determine
to prepare the site.
If necessary, we obtain
permits from your
local fire department
to make sure the property
oil tank removals
in Massachusetts typically
and removing the tanks
with excavation equipment.
then mark the property
to ensure safe excavating.
Our crews pump out
the remaining fuel,
evacuate the fuel
vapor, cut open the
tank, clean the sediment
from the tank bottom,
hoist the tank out
of the ground with
an excavator, and
place it on the trailer
to be brought to a
It takes about 4-6 hours to remove an underground storage tank,
longer for very large tanks.
Before we fill the tank’s “grave” with clean
soil and evenly grade and compact it, we’ll sample the soil
and groundwater around the tank. Your fire department will typically
inspect the tank grave before giving approval to backfill. For underground
tank removals in Massachusetts, the state requires that a measurement
for contamination be taken within 24 hours of removing an underground
tank. CommTank will field-test the soil surrounding the tank for
no extra charge at the time of the tank removal.
After the job is complete, CommTank guarantees to leave your property as clean as we found it. Since using excavation equipment for underground oil tank removals typically tears up grass, we bring sheets of plastic or wood to cover the lawn to protect it. And, our crews are experienced
at landscaping and mason work, so we can restore or limit damage done to shrubs, gardens, rock walls and patios.
Why would I remove an underground tank when I could close a tank in place?
Removing an underground tank is typically less expensive than closing a tank in place or tank abandonment as it's sometimes called. For more information about tanks closed-in-place please read this cost comparison guide.
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