Understanding the Process of Underground Storage Tank Removal

October 11, 2017 10:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s not uncommon to discover a buried storage tank on private property, or to have a need to remove one from a new commercial site. Whether you stumbled upon a tank accidentally or already knew about its existence and just need to get rid of it, there are some important facts you should know before you start the excavation process. As your go-to excavator in Jeffersonville, IN, we are experienced in managing and moving storage tanks, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Think about the environment

Underground storage tanks (often referred to as USTs) are a common presence on all types of properties. Unfortunately, removing them is not quite as simple as you might think. Tanks can pose a serious threat to the environment around them, so it makes good sense to get them off the premises. But many older tanks, which were not subject to regulations that are in place today, are made up of bare steel. This material has almost certainly eroded over time, and may either already be leaking or about to begin leaking at any time. Be aware of this hazard as you start the removal process.

Apply for the right oversight

You may opt to “close” the tank (meaning, having the tank drained, cleaned and then filled in with material such as concrete or gravel), or to have the tank physically removed. In either scenario, you will need to complete a few extra steps.

Your local government will most likely want to have samples taken of the groundwater or soil surrounding the tank, to help determine whether there is a petroleum leak. If evidence of a leak is discovered, further cleanup will most likely be necessary. In most cases, you will work with a state regulator for either tank removal or tank closure, and this process includes giving at least 30 days advance notice before you commence work, in order to give all parties adequate time to be in touch and prepare.

Furthermore, you must be in compliance with both federal and state regulations for UST removal or closure, and this means enlisting the services of a qualified excavating company. This entity will properly and safely drain and clean the tank. Do not attempt this on your own, as there is a very high potential for creating a major environmental hazard. Rules and regulations for this area are in place to keep you and your property safe, so make sure to comply.

Hire a reputable excavator for planning and cleanup

Estes Excavating Inc. is your trusted excavator in Jeffersonville, IN, and we are proud of our expert environmental cleanup services. If your property has experienced a UST leak or has other contaminants, we can safely and carefully remedy the situation. We are experienced in governmental regulations surrounding cleanup and tank excavation, so you can rest assured your land will be protected from start to finish. Give us a call today to find out how we can help with your tank excavation, environmental cleanup, property planning and much more.

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