Three Reasons To Remove An Oil Tank

old and rusted oil tank

August 7th, 2020

You’ve found an aboveground or underground storage tank in your property, and you don’t know what to do with it yet. You can choose to ignore it, but there are certain risks you might be subjecting yourself and your family to.

Residential oil tanks used to be very useful around the house. However, newer technology to keep your home warm has given them an almost non-existent status. The cons and costs of owning a residential oil tank are becoming more and more apparent over the years.

Here are several reasons why you should have someone professionally remove your oil tank sooner rather than later:

For The Health And Safety Of Your Family, Neighbors, And Surrounding Environment

Underground storage tanks are a threat to public safety and health, mainly to those who are near them. It’s rare, but oil tanks can catch fire and even explode. Incidences like these don’t happen all the time, but under the right conditions, they can definitely occur.

Furthermore, you and your family can get sick from oil tanks as you may be exposed to fuel oil vapor buildup on a regular basis.

Another thing to take note of about oil tanks is that they can leak, especially if they are well beyond their lifespans and are already rusting. This is bad news particularly for residents whose main water source is a well.

Oil tanks not only harm people but also do significant damage to the surrounding environment. Oil can make its way into your water system, and before you know it, you’re bathing, doing laundry, watering your garden, and even drinking contaminated water. Worse, this oil leak can reach your neighbors. Think about all the lawsuits you might face because of a leaky and dilapidated oil tank.

Unsightliness And Inefficiency

For homeowners who are privy about the aesthetics of their property, oil tanks are definitely an eyesore. They will not add anything to your landscape.

Aboveground tanks that are located outside your house are prone to rust if not taken care of. Underground oil tanks, on the other hand, might have the advantage of being hidden from view, but this comes with its own cons. Should you choose to keep your oil tank and have it maintained instead of removed, your yard will have to be ripped up and relandscaped over and over again.

Furthermore, the maintenance of buried oil tanks isn’t cheap. If the oil tank is leaking, not only does it need to be fixed and the tank replaced, but the soil surrounding that oil tank needs to be remediated as well.

If you’re fortunate enough to not encounter oil tank leaks, periodic maintenance is still recommended to ensure the prevention of any sort of leakage.

Property Marketability

If you’re planning on selling your house in the future, keeping an oil tank is unappealing to most home buyers as it comes with added precautions and environmental concerns.

Try not to pass the problem onto the next people who will own your property. It’s better to deal with it now than never even bothering.

The first reason should be enough to convince you that an oil tank on your property is an issue you should immediately attend to.

Removing an oil tank is risky as it requires heavy tools, equipment, and expertise for it to be done correctly. For tank services, contact the experts at Meridian Environmental Services, Inc.

Give us a call today at 833-647-4472 for more information.