Whether you are buying or selling a house, it is important to know if the oil tank has or is leaking. If removal is not an option we recommend testing the oil tank and the soils around it to see if there are any petroleum compounds found in the soil.
Another type of test is a tank test. One of the most common misconceptions about oil tank testing is that is done with pressure. In fact, the opposite is done. When a tester performs a tank test he puts your tank under 3 pounds of vacuum and places a microphone in your tank. The down side is there are many reasons a tank can FAIL a tank test.
Sometimes the 3 pounds isn’t enough to pull air through holes in the bottom of leaky tanks and other times the tank may fail due to a piping issue. For more information.
We advise our clients; buyers, sellers and home owners to replace the underground storage tank with an above ground heating oil tank. Especially when it is an older tank. At least you will have a new tank afterwards.
Using Greoprobe equipment we can advannce soil borings around the oil tank. This is called a subsurface investigation or tank assessment. This investigation tests the soil and/or water around your oil tank. It allows you to know whether the soil/water around the tank has been impacted.
In the end, any single wall underground home heating oil tank should be replaced with an above ground oil tank. Even if the tank passes a tank test or subsurface analysis.