What Are The Signs My Oil Tank May Be Leaking

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January 10th, 2020

Any oil tank has the propensity to leak at some point within its lifetime. When the steel exterior of an oil tank meets the elements and moisture in the ground, rust forms, and these corroded areas can create holes allowing the oil inside to seep through. When oil leaks from an oil tank, you will require soil remediation to eliminate these contaminants before they do further harm to the groundwater, wildlife, and ecosystem as a whole.

There are a few signs one can look out for to determine if they have an oil tank leak problem. At the first sign of any leaking issue, the oil tank should be inspected, removed, and the soil remediated if a leak has been found.

The Signs To Look Out For

There are a number of signs you can look out for when it comes to a leaking oil tank. Some of the most common signs to look out for include:

Your tank is more than 10 years old – The most common cause of a leaking oil tank is age, and if your tank is more than 10 years old, it’s time to have it inspected to check for leaks. Even tiny pinhole type leaks can lead to the need for soil remediation. Steel oil tanks should be inspected and replaced around every 10 to 15 years on average.

You smell oil in and around your property – If you step outside of your home and you smell that distinct scent of oil, you could be dealing with a serious leak. Typically, if a smell is present, the leak has grown to be significant, and it could be posing serious health risks to your family and those around you. At the first scent of oil, it’s important to call the professionals to have the problem addressed.

You see a sheen on your water – If you take a water sample from your sump pump, and you see a sheen on the surface of that water, that’s a major sign there is oil leaking into your groundwater. Oil in your groundwater is a clear sign that soil remediation and oil tank removal will be the next necessary steps.

The vegetation around your tank is suffering – If you have a space in your yard where the vegetation seems to struggle, this could be a sign of an oil leak and the need for soil remediation. Oil leaking into the soil will do a great deal of damage to plant life, typically starting from the starting point of the leak.

Calling In The Professionals For Soil Remediation

While other types of home improvements and clean-ups might seem like something you can take on yourself, soil remediation should always be left to the professionals. This difficult and hazardous job goes beyond your home, and can do a great deal of damage to the entire ecosystem surrounding it. If you suspect an oil leak from your tank, call us at Meridian Environmental Services Inc for help today.