Underground Tank Closure in Place
Commtank removed the oil tank from our basement as we are converting to a heat pump. They did a great job and took care of all the necessary permits. We also really appreciated their customer service - it was easy to schedule the appointment and they were always available to answer all of our calls as we had a lot of questions about the removal process and permitting.
Melvin did a great job. They came in took out the tank. Installed the new Roth and cleaned up. Looks great. Very happy with their installation and professionalism.
Manuel and Nelson arrived 15 minutes early and when I greeted them, they asked if it was too early. Nice and professional. I am amazed how much great work the 2 of them did with pumping oil out cutting and removing the old tank and replacing. The quality of work is excellent and they reviewed everything at the completion. Top notch guys who are clearly good at what they do. The entire experience from the initial phone call to completion exceeded our expectations.
CommTank did an awesome job replacing my old, rusting oil tank that was showing signs it could develop a leak with a new Roth double wall tank. Took down the wooden scaffolding, drilled new fueling pipes, patched the old ones, and put up a nice discreet, overhead fuel line to my boiler. The crew came on time and took 4 hours to do everything. The new unit is sleek and compact. The double wall construction, leak detection mechanism, and 30 year warranty gives peace of mind.
I had an oil tank that needed replacing. Santiago came out quoted the job for a fair price. The installation was efficient and done as expected. Later I had some issues with my boiler not getting fuel. I called Comtank to check in with them. Santiago got on the issue and had a crew onsite in no time to get my boiler up and running. Their level of service really stood out. I would not hesitate to work with them!
I had to have a new oil tank installed by CommTank, Inc. which was recommended to me by my oilman. I contacted CommTank and the sales rep, Santiago, came by the next day. He explained everything to me as to what would be done and how it would be done I was extremely impressed with the two men who came the next day to install the new oil tank. They showed up on time, and were very professional, knowledgeable and courteous Their names were Marvin and Junior. Marvin Rodriguez was the certified installer. They went about their business and had me up and running within a few hours. Amazing job!! The cleanup was absolutely fantastic. Never would have known a very, very old oil tank was there. I can't praise the team enough --Santiago, Marvin and Junior. I highly recommend CommTank for any and all oil tank needs. Here is another 5 star review to be added along with the other 5 star reviews for CommTank. A job well done!! ***** I
Comm Tank provided a detailed competitive quote in writing to replace my oil tank. They were able to work with me on scheduling to job. Big Deal. That's business 101. The key is their Team. They showed up on time and cranked out the job like their lives depended on the quality and timeliness of completion. All without a drop of oil on my rugs. Mel and Italo are professional, knowledgeable, and considerate. They were also patient. I am an old man and ask a LOT of questions and really appreciated that. There were less expensive quotes, and God knows I'm a cheap SOB, but the reviews I read made a compelling case for not going for the lowest quote, instead opting for demonstrated quality work and peace of mind. Money well spent.
We just had our 65 year old Oil Tank replaced today by CommTank. They did a fantastic job. The salesperson Santiago came last week to look at our old tank, explained everything to us about what would be done and gave us great advice about which new tank to go with for our needs.We got a few estimates and CommTank was by far the most professional.The crew arrived promptly, worked efficiently, neatly and had the Fire Department come and inspect before they left. Santiago came as well to show and explain everything we needed to know about the new tank and how to register it for the excellent Warrantee the manufacturer ROTH provides.Then new tank is upright takes up less space and has a clean stainless steel exterior. They replaced sealed and painted the new outside pipes and reinsulated the exit holes.We would highly recommend Santiago and CommTank for oil tank replacement!
I had an oil tank removed because I switched to a heat pump system. The oil tank was in a mechanical room that was small so taking the tank out had to be done carefully. I wanted a professional local company that specialized in tank removals. I researched and found CommTank. I read through a lot of reviews and was very impressed. Santiago, the sales rep, came to meet me and he spent the time I needed to understand the process and give me confidence that it would be done right. I was again impressed.Today was the day of the removal and I am so happy. A team of three guys showed up and Santiago. They were amazing! Hardworking, professional, careful with all. And when done, cleaned the area - you would not even know an oil tank was there (and my oil tank was over 20 years old!)I wanted to add my 5 star review to all the other great reviews. I highly recommend CommTank for your oil tank needs. They are the best around!
Price was half the first quote I got. I was able to schedule the removal within a week. The crew was here on time and had the tank out in about an hour. No mess, no smell. Excellent work
I had a pinhole leak in my oil tank discovered by my HVAC company and needed to have it replaced. They recommended CommTank. They were quick to send someone out for an estimate. I also contacted a competitor and while both were within a few hundred dollars, CommTank was less expensive. I ended up choosing them not only for the price but for their reviews and for their many recommendations on my town fb page . I’m glad I did because they did a great job with the install/replacement of my Roth tank and left the place as clean as they found it.At least in my town, after you have an oil tank replaced the fire dept calls to schedule an inspection. When they came out it was very quick and I said something to that effect and the lieutenant said “I see it was installed by CommTank. They do a great job and we never have any problems with them.” If that doesn’t give you piece of mind I’m not sure what will!
CommTank came and removed our tank after we upgraded to a heat pump system. They were responsive and easy to work with when scheduling, showed up exactly when they said they would, and were quick and professional. They left the basement clean and even put some powder down so nothing smelled like oil. Payment was easy via credit card and they were done in about an hour. Great experience and would highly recommend
They removed my old oil tank from my basement for a very reasonable cost and did an excellent job. Great response, super fast to schedule and they got the job done so quickly. They cleaned up very well after the work was done, highly recommend!
Took care of old oil tank. Professional. Clean.
I've used this company twice now. They are quick and awesome
CommTank changed out my old leaking oil tank with a Roth lined tank and I could not be happier with the installation. The office personnel were very courteous and set up an appointment for visit. Santiago came for the initial site visit and Carlos was there for the installation. Both were very friendly and professional, they did a nice installation and left the worksite spotless after the install. I highly recommend them and like the safety of having a lined tank with a leak detector if it is ever needed.Thank You.Tom
We were extremely happy with the service provided by Commonwealth Tank. We had 2 residential tanks replaced and everything was very professional and well done.
Professional workers. Careful and competent. Great guys! Highly recommended
Replacing my oil tank. Loving my experience, this is great professional team, they keep you up to date with any changes and show up on time. Thanks commthank for coming out here in the middle of the snow storm 🙌!
Just had a new Roth oil tank installed. Customer service top notch. Francesco and Melvin came to my house on time. Clean neat installation. Wonderful work done by these to men. I recommend Commtank.
Used CommTank to replace our 30+ yr old tank. Work was done as promised, professionally and at a very good value. Highly recommend !
Sanny and Sergio just left the house, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the work. Two large oil tanks, installed 20 years ago, are gone and it is like they never happened: the place is immaculate and there’s not a drop of oil anywhere - the tanks were carrying over 500 gallons of oil.Throughout the work, they were professional and careful, and very respectful. And these guys are strong and seem to love the work. Especially noted when it can be hard to find smart, dedicated people, Comm Tank nailed it.
We had Comm Tank replace our aging inside tank with a new Roth outside tank. They were personable, professional, prompt and cleaned up completely.They took care of installing a concrete pad for the outside tank and removed the old tank.We are completely satisfied and will highly recommend them.
They were very professional. Showed up on time and did a very nice job. Left the place very clean. I'm very pleased and would definitely recommend them!
Had an emergency situation and they were able to help me out ASAP. Very happy with the service and the job they did. I had issues finding a company in the busiest time of year for an emergency and yet I was contacted and helped immediately. 5 stars for great service.
Good people,good place for employment
Had to have two tanks removed from my basement. Old bulkhead was not accessible and only egress had 27 inches. They arrived on time. Cut the tank to fit the opening. No mess left behind or to clean off walls, stairs or doors. Thank you for outstanding service.
While getting a quote and booking the service was less than easy, the service was great. They were easy to work with, clean, and prompt. They got in and got out with the oil tank the previous owner abandoned in place. I highly recommend their services.
This company just replaced an old oil tank for us. True to the contract you agreed to with no surprises. The company has amazing service from the first call to the technicians who replaced the tank. They are a truly professional organization. The installation was neat and organized. They left my property inside and outside clean from all debris. If you need an oil tank replacement this is the company to call!
They were subcontracted by my mechanical contractor to drain and remove my oil tank. They were courteous and fast and cleaned up after they were done
Manny and his team were fast, thorough and professional. They pulled an oil tank out of our basement quickly and easily in about 3 hours, and left the basement cleaner than when they found it. We will definitely call them again the next time we need help.
CommTank saved the day for us, I can home from work and walked into the dreaded smell of heating oil filling my house. I went downstairs to see where the smell was coming from and discovered that our recently filled oil tank was leaking. With one call to CommTank they had someone out in under 20 hours to access the situation, Gui put our fears to rest and got us on the schedule for a replacement. When the workers showed up to replace the tank they were extremely professional and tidy. They treated our home like it was theirs and protected our rugs and floors from the messy job of pulling out a 50 year old oil tank. The workmanship and attention to detail that went into the installation of the new tank exceeded my expectations. They refilled the new tank with all of the oil from our old tank after double filtering it to make sure none of the sludge and gunk went into the new tank. I can't say enough about how satisfied I am that we chose them for the job!
CommTank replaced our old steel 330 gallon of unknown age with a brand new Roth 275 (with the 30 year warranty and $2M insurance). The quoting process was simple and included everything, and the people who came by to do the work were punctual, friendly, and accommodating, and they left the place neater than when they arrived. They made sure everything was running just fine before they left.Give CommTank a call when you'd like to replace your old steel tank, especially if it's of questionable age and condition like ours was. Why take the chance? We like the warranty and insurance on the Roth, not to mention the extra space!
Friendly people.
CommTank was an absolute lifesaver!We were faced with underground piping issues that needed repair and were told to bulldoze the rooms to remedy the situation.We were shocked thinking that this was our only solution.Fortunately, we contacted and hired CommTank. The crew excavated, repaired and replaced our underground plumbing with great efficiency and precision allowing us to return to our house in a short period of time. We highly recommend CommTank and are so thankful for a job well-done! They truly are miracle workers!!
Great overall, from Leury coming out to estimate, to timely installation by Francisco & Raphael. Tough job, we do not have bulkhead access. Neat, clean and efficient. Pitched fill pipes correctly. Thanks Again!
Amazing - came day after we called and removed an oil tank - Louis was amazing!!
Comm tank guys are great and a real Fast I recommend these guys. O and the oil tanks thay put in are cool
We were in need of getting a new oil tank after we had nursed ours for a couple of years. Call a couple of companies and had them come out and CommTank was truly the best! They were very proffesional, were timely and gave us more that one option of tank. Their price was good and every interactio I've had with anyone at the company has been amazing customer service. They came on time, worked swiftly and were done on time. And the bonus for us more floor space!!! Use CommTank if you need anything, they are great!!!
Our aging heating oil tank was need of replacement. So we did our due diligence and contacted (4) companies for quotes not estimates. (2) never called back. (2) responded. Leury from Comm Tank INC was the first to call us and we quickly setup appointment. Leury went over everything they were going to replace in great detail and answered all of my questions.The service crew showed up on time and were quick to remove and replace the tank and they were extremely clean and courteous.If I could give Comm Tank 10 stars I would. Not very often you find a company with this high of professionalism and caliber.So if you are looking for reputable companies to remove your old oil tank,I would recommend contacting Comm Tank INC first.
Fast, clean, professional, on time, and thorough. Not a job anybody really wants to do but they make it painless
I've hired these guys twice over the years. I had them replace an oil tank in a house that I was moving from in Framingham that was in a very tight spot in my garage. I was in the middle of selling my house and part of the inspection called for a new tank. They made an exception and came out right away, because of the circumstances; and replaced the tank with no mess and extremely fast and efficient. I was very pleased and so was my buyer. Thank you guys.My next experience with these guys was for a house in Marlborough. The house was built in 1959 and still had the original oil tank. Once again they came out did a great job replacing the oil tank, and its been working fine for 2 years now. I couldn't be happier. If you guys need an oil tank replaced I wouldn't go anywhere else. My only regret is that I didn't do this review earlier.See the pictures below. I only have one pic of the Framingham oil tank they replaced in my garage, and the rest are of the house in Marlborough. Note the neat job they did of installing the the oil feed line to my burner.
Everything about the experience with CommTank was awesome. The guy who did the estimate came in the evening so I didn’t have to miss work and the price was even a little less than I had expected( $2600 for new 330 gal. tank and removal of the old one/new burner line/new fill and vent pipes). On the day of my tank replacement the guys showed up on time and completed all the work in 3 1/2 hours and it looks GREAT!! Would definitely recommend to anyone.
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Underground Tank Closure in Place

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Underground storage tank closure in place involves more than just filling the underground storage tank (UST) with a solid, inert material. The service cost of a tank closure in place is more than a typical underground tank removal service. To help property owners understand the process of a tank closure in place, the information below details the steps required by most towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Our CommTank team of people also have the expertise and experience to answer your questions about UST closure in place.

Underground tank located near house foundation

Excavating to the top of a buried underground tank.

  • An area permit application must be submitted and approved by the Fire Department to close the underground tank in place.
    A tank systems inspector must perform a closure assessment, which includes a visual inspection.
    The fire department may require a structural engineer to inspect the site.
    A home or commercial tank system must be pumped of fuel and transferred to a truck and fumes inside the tank must be evacuated. 
    Ground soil areas must be excavated and the tank must be cut open for the crews to climb inside and remove the tank bottom sludge.
    If the tank is not easily accessible, then soil borings on two sides of the tank must be taken to ensure the soil surrounding the tank is clean.
    One or more soil samples must be collected from under the tank and sent to a lab for analysis.  All closure assessment reports and the UST closure notices are created using data from the lab samples.
    Water monitoring wells must be installed when ground water is present, in order to obtain accurate water samples.
    Fill the fuel storage container with flowable fill (an economical alternative to sand or gravel which require compacting).
    Provide a closure report including field notes, and lab report.

Cost Comparison of an Underground Tank Closure in Place Versus Tank Removal

Landscaping around underground tank.

1,000-gallon underground oil tank is buried in this front yard.

The information below is a typical amount of price range for a UST closure in place versus a UST removal for a 1,000-gallon underground fuel storage tank.

  • Cost range of a UST Closure in Place: $4,000 - $5,000
  • Cost range of a UST Removal: $2,500 - $3,500

A cost range is provided instead of a fixed price due to the variables involved with both project types. Property areas such as home foundations, porches, decks, and patios often require support or restoration when servicing a buried fuel storage container.  Area utilities such as gas, electric, or sewer piping may require hand digging or temporary disconnection. Use of a saw may be necessary to cut concrete or asphalt and remove it when the tank is buried under the foundation and driveway. The tank contractor’s approach to preserving or replacing trees, shrubs, and grass and how experienced they are at protecting these landscapes can separate a professional contractor from a low-cost service provider.

Underground tank located under kitchen floor

An oil tank was found buried beneath this kitchen floor. This Haverhill Massachusetts house was built on a slab foundation.

Our team recommends removing an underground fuel storage container. When structural issues are a concern, the building or wall can be supported during the removal process. Large tanks can be cut into smaller sections while the surrounding soil is supported and removed a section at a time. UST removal is generally recommended whenever possible to avoid future problems or questions concerning the fuel storage container.

Sometimes a structural engineer will recommend closing a UST in place if removal would cause foundation damage. This is a service that CommTank can provide. The regulations for taking a buried fuel storage container out of service in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are listed below.

In-place Closure of Tanks in Massachusetts

Underground oil tank is located next to this pool

The Reading Fire Department approved an underground tank closure because the tank is buried next to a pool.

Massachusetts regulations allow the local fire department to determine if an underground tank used for fuel storage can be closed in place. If use was for water storage and the removal will jeopardize a building or another UST in use, then it may be closed in place if approved by the fire department. (Board of Fire Regulations 527 CMR 9.07(J))

Tank Closures in Place for New Hampshire

The State does not regulate home use (residential) underground tanks, but the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) asks that the owner/consultant/contractor contact DES to get approval for closure in place.  Upon request, they will review their records and determine whether a closure in place is possible.

For regulated underground tanks (tanks deemed not for consumptive use), New Hampshire regulations require notification of the DES at least 30 days prior to any scheduled UST system permanent closure. If removal of UST systems would serve to undermine the integrity of an overlying structure(s), or compromise the structural integrity of an adjacent underground storage tank system, then the underground storage tank system may be permanently closed in place. Please keep in mind that all other requirements for closure in Env-Or 408.05 through 408.10 shall be complied with, including, but not limited to: notification prior to closure, ICC-U2 licensed supervision during all closure activity and submittal of closure report.

(Code of Administrative Rules Env-Or 408.07, Procedures for Permanent Closure)