IF you are not aware of the laws and regulations regarding tank leaks and your underground tank is leaking, then you need to get information from either your fire prevention officer or your environmental department head. It is important then to have your underground tank removed but you have to know for are the requirements for this.
You should look for a reliable underground tank removal contractor in your area. You need to ask people who know about this to find a good underground tank removal services and you can seek for information from your family, friends, public works department or your local fire department. You can also look for information online or the registry of your local business board.
If you have come up with a list of possible underground tank removal contractors, then you should call them to inquire how much the services costs. You may need to pay a higher fee if your underground tank is large or hard to reach. The best thing to do is to compare the costs and the services offered by the different underground tank removal contractors.
It is important for the removal contractor to inspect your tank first. This will let them know what needs to be done. The amount of money you will spend for the removal of the underground tank is something you should know at the outset. The underground tank removal contractor that you will hire must have knowledge and understanding of the local and state laws and regulations that govern underground tank removal. They should check your tank thoroughly and identify possible signs of contamination. The removal contractor should also be licensed and insured to perform the job.
The underground tank removal contractor should be able to perform many functions. These functions are listed below.
He should be able to obtain the permits that are necessary for the removal. He should be able to arrange for someone to empty the tank of its oil and clean out the residues. He should be able to excavate the tank system including its piping. He should be able to dispose the tank system, residues, remaining oil and soil at authorized disposal sites. The tank removal contractor should check if there are signs of leaks. Clean soil and contaminated soil should be identified and separated. The tank removal process and disposal should be documented by the tank removal contractor. His findings should be reported to you.
It is required for the local fire department to be present during the process of removing your underground tank. Their role is to make sure that there are no hazards near the tank. The contamination of the tanks should be measured and the condition of the tank recorded. The location of the contamination should be checked.
It is important to complete the tank contamination measurement within 24 hours.