Aboveground Tank Removal Service
When your aboveground storage tank (AST) has outlived its safe and useful performance life, CommTank’s storage tank removal service is a quick, safe, and reliable way to decommission it.
For more than two decades, our team has provided clients throughout New England with successful removal and replacement of their aboveground storage tanks ranging from 500 to 30,000 gallons.
CommTank’s Aboveground Tank Removal Service:
- Product pump out
- Removal and disposal of tank systems
- Soil sampling • Surface restoration
- Report filing
When to replace an aboveground storage tank
Indicators that a steel tank needs replacement include corrosion on the tank’s bottom, seams, welds, and piping. For any aboveground storage tank that is out of compliance, improperly abandoned, or suspected of leakage, CommTank has the expertise and experience to remove it quickly and efficiently, with minimal impact to your property and your business.
Are “empty” tanks hazardous?
Aboveground storage tanks deemed empty can be hazardous, as outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Appendix C of OSHA’S 29 CFR 1910-146 cites these examples of incidents involving “empty” tanks:
- Welding in and near tanks can ignite flammable vapors.
- Tanks that do not contain enough oxygen (less than 19.5%) can cause asphyxiation.
- Just because a tank has been “emptied” of its contents does not mean it is free of hazards.
- A tank is never safe for entry until properly and thoroughly evaluated to ensure that there are no actual or potential atmospheric hazards that can affect the oxygen content, flammability, or toxicity.
Source-link to full appendix: OSHA Safe Entry Requirements for Above Ground Storage Tanks
Complexities involved in aboveground storage tank projects
At CommTank, we’ve earned our success in the commercial industry by understanding the complexities involved in aboveground storage tank projects. Key complexities include knowledge of products and their flash points, as well as proper equipment applications.
Product knowledge is critical for pumping success
Since the equipment used to pump one type of fuel does not work for another, it’s vital to know the type of product in the tank. For example, some fuels (such as ethanol and biodiesel) can degrade rubber, so the choice of fuel hose or pump seals is important. Number 4 and 6 heating oil each require warming to reduce viscosity before they can be pumped, so the proper equipment must be used to ensure success.
Proper handling of tank vapors is critical for safety
Proper handling of potentially flammable tank vapors ensures everyone’s safety, and it all begins with product knowledge. For example, fuel oil will not ignite unless subjected to very high temperatures, but gasoline is highly flammable in normal temperature ranges.
The flash point for each fuel is listed below:
Auto ignition temperature
16.6 °C (61.9 °F)
363 °C (685 °F)
−43 °C (−45 °F)
280 °C (536 °F)
>52 °C (126 °F)
256 °C (493 °F)
>38 °C (100 °F)
210 °C (410 °F)
>38–72 °C (100–162 °F)
220 °C (428 °F)
Vegetable oil (canola)
327 °C (621 °F)
>130 °C (266 °F)
The CommTank team uses dry ice and an explosion proof blower to displace flammable vapors, and prepare aboveground tanks for transport or entry into a scrap yard.
CommTank’s aboveground storage tank removal methodology:
- Request a Police detail if necessary
- Pump out the tank
- Clean tank bottom (remove sludge and remaining fuel)
- Disconnect piping and drain the lines
- Handle all waste (drum and transport)
- Seal off work area and ventilate if necessary with negative air machines
- Cut with torch or steel nibbler tool if necessary (subbasement & enclosed spaces)
- Disconnect anchor bolts and grounding rods
- Dismantle containment walls or pipe hangers
The CommTank Difference: Thorough, Efficient, Cost-effective Service
Let CommTank provide you with safe and efficient aboveground tank removal services with little or no disruption to you and your business. Our team will handle all the details for you:
- We complete all paperwork, such as permitting (AST Removal & Decommissioning Form FP-112), and Bill of Lading for waste handling and useable fuel
- We filter fuel for transport to a different location, or provide temporary tank rentals on site if required
- We provide removal and disposal of tank systems (can include piping, pumps, filters and dispensers)
- We offer aboveground storage tank removal services outside of typical business hours, to avoid or minimize disruption for commercial clients
- We provide soil sampling, per requirement if there is visible staining
- We restore the surface, by removing the concrete pad or metal supports
CommTank meets all local fire department requirements, including:
- Oil Burner Certificate (shows knowledge of fuel type, oil burners, and piping)
- Hoisting Engineer License (needed for large tanks to be lifted by crane)
- Hazardous generator license (for removal of contaminated fuel or solids left in the tank)
- Follow local and state laws pertaining to handling and disposal
CommTank follows industry standards for aboveground storage tank removals, including:
- API Recommended Practice for Tank Removal
- NFPA Standard for Removal and Disposal
Benefits of hiring an experienced aboveground storage tank removal firm
Prevents oil spill potential
Unlike the experienced CommTank team, inexperienced providers often cut pipes that still contain fuel
Eliminates fuel odor in commercial buildings
Using negative air machines, CommTank eliminates fuel odors in sensitive areas
No stains left behind
CommTank provides rosin paper and poly sheet protection, to protect finished areas and basements from stains
Less noise because of specialized tools
CommTank’s professional tools produce lower decibel levels than home improvement store tools
Hazardous waste handling (manifest and disposal) documentation
Proper documentation saves time and eliminates legal questions regarding transportation
Eliminates the chance of explosion
CommTank tests for volatile vapor in case of improper labeling or improper filling. We also use explosion proof, non-sparking tools.
Insured for tank removals
While storage tank removal coverage is excluded from most insurance policies, CommTank is an exception, based on proof of our expertise and work history
Tank Replacement Options
Your CommTank Project Manager can provide you with options for a reliable, safe, and cost-effective replacement for your aboveground storage tank.
Our customers often opt to replace the fuel supply tanks for their emergency backup generators (large aboveground and base tanks), as well as heating oil storage tanks for commercial buildings.
Compliance concerns often dictate the necessity for upgrading tanks, so you want a replacement tank that fits your site’s requirements. We know the regulations and the products that meet them. Whether you’re looking for a fire protected tank to meet UL 2085 standards, or be equipped with 110% containment, remote tank gauging, fleet handling capabilities, or just double-wall fuel lines, CommTank can provide and install the system that meets your specifications.
For examples of our work please see the aboveground tank removal projects section of our web site.
Contact CommTank today for expert aboveground tank removals in Massachusetts and New Hampshire: 1-800-628-8260
"Far, far exceeded my expectations for what could have been a messy and smelly job."
"All at Comm Tank made a very stressful situation for us more than manageable. The men who came to do the work were always on time, extremely polite, and hardworking."
"In 34 minutes they achieved the removal without doing any cutting inside my home! Seeing is believing, which is why I sent you, today, the photos taken of their remarkable effort."
"Recently we hired your company Comm Tank to remove an underground oil storage tank buried in our front yard for many years. We also asked you to install a new aboveground oil storage tank next to our house."
William J. Lewis.
"They left the area cleaner than they found it. They were very friendly and fully explained how the tank was to be cut and removed."
"I would recommend Commtank to anyone who needs an oil tank removed. The price for such great service was very reasonable. Truly a good experience for me and my family."
"In the 40 years that I have lived in my house I have never had anyone do so much work, rip up so much sod yet leave everything in such a clean, neat and apparently undisturbed state."
"When I called for an estimate, Margie was very informative and one of the reasons I chose CommTank to do the work."
Jack E. Meyer, M.D..
"Paul’s recommendation along with the comfort level I felt dealing with your team made my decision to choose CommTank and easy one. Should I ever hear of anyone in need of a new oil tank I would recommend CommTank without hesitation."
"We have used CommTank now for inspections and service for the last two years. We have found the CommTank team nothing less than professional, knowledgeable and reliable."
"I do mean all of them…you could be proud of them and know that they represent your company in a very professional manner. In today’s world, you very rarely see this."
Billl and Barbara Clough.
"The project was on time, under budget, and everyone connected with the project was very easy to work with, both people on-site and in the office. "
Town of Southborough, Ma
"I want to thank you for the excellent work you and your crew have done at my station."
"I am emailing you with this word of “Thanks” to Comm Tank for one of the most professional companies I have used in quite sometime."
"I will recommend your company to my colleagues and clients."
"I had an oil tank removed yesterday, and the whole operation could not have gone more smoothly."
"What could have been a stressful situation actually went smoothly without any issues or surprises. I would recommend CommTank in a heart beat to anyone in need of their services."
Scott E. Lechter.
"There were many steps throughout the process and at every step I was very well informed. The scheduling, coordination and communication was simply outstanding."
"I want to thank you for your work in the oil tank removal at my mother’s house in Walpole."
"Except for the oil smell for a while, you really couldn't tell that the work had been done; EVERYTHING was neat & tidy and cleaned up both inside and out."
"Thanks for your help and the customer service that CommTank provided."
North Reading, Ma
"Your employees did a nice job and were a credit to your company in their professional work and attitude."
"Thank you for doing a very nice job!"
Prides Crossing, MA
"Your crew just left my site and they are wonderful, clean, great, and nice!"
"I would certainly recommend your company."
"These two excellent employees came early, at 7:15 a.m. Which is very appreciated by us, clients that have to leave for our jobs."
"They patched the holes left from removing the fill and vent lines like pros - I did not expect this level of service."
"Kim and I are very happy to have found you!"
"We want to tank your for a job well done while removing the underground oil tank."
"I wanted to thank you for a great job on the installation of the new fuel dispenser."
"Thank you for your donation of 200+ gallons of fuel through your CommTank Cares Program to St. Clement Parish Schools. Your generosity is certainly a help to our schools and parish."
Reverend Paulo Cumin.
"just want to express my appreciation for the excellent service that was provide to me in the removing of our 1,000 gallon underground oil tank."
"What I think I’ll never forget was how clean the basement was after the two men had removed the contaminated soil from our house. It had never looked like that!"
"Early this month your company removed my almost 40-year-old tank from my basement and installed a Roth Tank. I was extremely pleased with the results and with the crew that did the work."
"It was neat and clean and they left the area spotless. The gentleman who came back to inspect the job was kind and courteous."
"The City is extremely grateful to CommTank for its assistance in this cleanup. We believe we made a very wise choice in the selection of CommTank. Please feel free to use me as a reference for your team's pursuit of other environmental work."
Thomas G. Ambrosino.
"She called to brag about how professional the service was, and how clean and precise the installation was."
"We really appreciate the responsiveness to what was a worrying situation and the two men who performed the work were true professionals."
"This company is the best. The price was very reasonable, better than anyone else I contacted, about $300.00 less,"
"I had my oil tank and boiler removed from my home. Comm Tank showed up on time and finished the job quickly and neatly."
"I want to thank CommTank for the wonderful job that your crew did yesterday while removing and installing my oil tank."
"Thanks so much for getting your guys out here so quickly to take care of the issue. While they could not tell exactly what caused the seepage, they ended up replacing the red connector with the fill gauge to be safe."
"There were two crews on separate days that did a great job and were very knowledgeable about their job and company."
"As for me the customer, I am very pleased on the workmanship that was performed, and I would recommend ComTank to anyone that needs a new tank."
"Your workers were out at my house in Wayland last week and did a fantastic job removing the oil tank from my basement."
"The quality of their craftsmanship is buzzworthy, the work surpassed my expectations."
"They showed up on time, were extraordinarily efficient and neat, provided a comprehensive removal, and were very courteous in all our dealings."
John P Senko.
"You and your entire on-site crew, including Santiago and Carlos, all have been first-rate and first-class."
"Thank you for your competence and professionalism, your cheerful and hard-working staff, your expertise with regulations/compliance issues, and for referring us to Tommasino & Tommasino in Boston."
Richard and Kristen Henshaw.
"Please note that this appreciation comes from a person managing construction for clients for some forty years."
"Excellent work so far. We wish these guys were on all three Boston projects."
Peachtree Corners, GA
"He will refer us to anyone and will definitely be using our services again."
"Please let the crew know that I really appreciate the hard work and professionalism."
"I spoke to Cindy the other day and reiterated to her about how happy we were with our experience."
"The thorough explanation of what was to be done was excellent."
"During this past summer I had an underground oil tank removed and replaced with an indoor Roth oil tank, and was exceptionally pleased with the service."
"In my opinion they were very professional and courteous."
Mary Louise Thrower.
"Thanks again to you and your team for the high level of workmanship and customer performance you provided."
"Your company has been most professional, timely, and informative!"
"This was our first experience with your company and we were very pleased from start to finish."
"Your crew were great to work with and did a great job, although very hot out there, they continued on with no complaints."
"All of our clients are more than satisfied with the quality of CommTanks installations and LEO is as well."
"It was a pleasure having them work at my house."
"They quickly went to work and solved the problem. As worried as I was, Luis made me feel that everything was going to be ok. Luis was always there no matter how many times I called."
Jeffery J. Graham.
New Bedford, MA
"We were so pleased with the removal of the old furnace."
"They tore down part of a wall, shoveled, removed my old tank and replaced it with a new tank, also gave me some oil."
"They were courteous and professional, timely and completed everything as well as anyone could have asked."
"I have dealt with contractors before and was very impressed with your crew."
"I would hope I would never have to have a UST removed again, but if I did, you would be the first people I would call."
"They left the basement much cleaner than when they started the job."
"Kevin's response and his team’s effort to help contain and cleanup a small spill were some of the best I have seen in my 40+ years in the petroleum industry."
"The technicians were outstanding. We needed 3 tanks removed from our basement."
"Kevin Hoag and Nelson were outstanding, they showed at 8:00 AM sharp, they were very professional, explaining all steps, very polite, their work was perfect."
"CommTank just finished the UST removal job and the customer is absolutely delighted."
"Amazed that this level of customer service still exists in this day and age!!"
Jamaica Plain, Ma
"Great job, completed on time, very aware of the Safety of our tenants."
Deborah M. McClory.
"Came when they said and did what they said quicker than I thought and left the cellar clean all at a reasonable price."
"I also commend Luis Diaz on his pleasant, informative phone manner when we first spoke and at the time of the site exploration. His handing of the situation convinced me to go with CommTank."
Newton Centre, Ma