Residential Underground Oil Tank Removals

Residential Underground Oil Tank Removals

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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?

CommTank technician operating a Kubota while excavating an underground oil tank

Underground oil tank removals in Massachusetts require knowledge 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, knowledgeable technicians will inspect your property to determine what’s needed to prepare the site. If necessary, we obtain permits from your local fire department to make sure the property is “dig-safe,” since underground oil tank removals in Massachusetts typically involve uncovering and removing the tanks with excavation equipment. Utility companies 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 licensed Massachusetts tank disposal/recycler.

It takes about 4-6 hours to remove an underground storage tank, longer for very large tanks.

In ground oil tank is removed from the front yard of this home.

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?

A 275-gallon steel tank was typically installed underground in the 1970's to save space indoors

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 underground tanks closed in place please see our service page that compares the costs and steps required.

Contact CommTank today for expert underground oil tank removals in Massachusetts and New Hampshire: 1-800-628-8260