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Oil Tank Removal Done Right

Oil tanks are now a thing of the past. Once needed to fuel and heat residential properties, they are no longer a necessity in a home. Rather, they become a liability as they age, rust and decay over time. Modern heating methods have rendered these tanks obsolete and time has made them dangerous. Oil tank removal is an important part of purchasing, or owning a home with tanks still present either above or below ground.

While oil tank removal should be done as soon as it is established that there is a tank present, it should not be undertaken by anyone in a do it yourself manner. Only professionals that specialize in oil tank removal and land remediation should be trusted with this type of task. The reason for that is the potential for personal and environmental harm.  The risk is great in normal conditions and even more severe if the tank is broken, cracked or leaking toxic chemicals and fumes into the surroundings. Working with an environmental consultant gives these professionals an absolute surety that everyone is safe from potential hazards during the work and after the job is done.

There are a few steps to full oil tank removal that must be done in their set order to ensure the best results. These start with detection of the tanks themselves, using a ground penetrating radar device to locate the tank. These advanced pieces of technology allow for easy, fast and accurate and non-destructive oil tank detection, without having to dig large areas of soil and create unsightly holes on the property while trying to find it. Next, all oil, sludge and contaminated matter is removed in a manner that protects the environment.  Then out comes the tank itself. The metal parts of the tank are safely cleaned, cut into manageable pieces and responsibly recycled. Oil and sludge is also taken to an authorized recycling facility. The last step is backfilling of any holes created during removal. If a customer wants, or requires restoration of land, that can be done once that soil is tested and determined to be contaminant free. Customers can then rest assured that there are no longer risks of environmental issues due to an oil tank on the property.

The professionals at Wctnkrecovery.net have a great history of completed oil tank removals with years of experience honing their skills in the field. They encourage people to call them any time for a cost and obligation free consultation.

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When Do Oil Tanks Become A Problem?

If you live in British Columbia, you might be aware of the history of oil tanks in the province. If not, then oil tanks are something you need to know about. To those who are not informed, oil tanks are simply a metal drum structure that stores oil for heating fuel. However, what you might not know is that oil is not the main source of fuel in BC any more and many buried oil tanks have been forgotten.

Since the middle of the 20th century, BC residents have been using natural gas as their main source of fuel. This means that the oil tanks that were used to store oil that was previously used to provide energy have become obsolete. Back when this was happening, the world was not as environmentally friendly and many people in BC left their unused oil tanks buried underground, not realizing that this could have dangerous repercussions.

This is when oil tanks become a problem. Even though the oil tanks were emptied beforehand, there were still residual traces of oil left in some. This has the potential to leak out as the oil tank rusts and damage the environment around it and contaminate the soil.

Due to this issue, the Government of BC made it the law that you cannot sell a property in Vancouver that has an oil tank on the grounds. Given the high value of property in Vancouver, it was hoped that this would encourage the process of oil tank removal.

Oil tank removal is by far the best way to fix the problem of oil tanks. An oil tank removal company can come to your property if you are planning on selling, or if you are just concerned about the environmental impact an oil tank on your grounds might have. They can use special radar technology to see if you have an oil tank on your grounds in the first place, then they can set about removing it if one is found.

Removing oil tanks is not as big a process as it might seem. The right company will be able to dig up just a small area surrounding the oil tank disassemble it to take it out so they do not have to remove it in one go. The parts of the oil tank will then be recycled and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. This process is easy with a good oil tank removal company that will ensure oil tanks are no longer a problem for you.

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The Risks of Underground Oil Tanks

Many Vancouver homeowners are unaware of the risks posed by underground oil tanks to their properties. A staggering percentage of Vancouver properties still contain the remnants of buried oil tanks, unbeknownst to their current owners. While oil tanks may have been buried for many years before the current property owners discover them; Vancouver municipal law clearly states that it is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that oil tanks are safely and responsibly disposed of as soon as possible.

Why are old oil storage tanks unsafe?

The reason old oil storage tanks should be disposed of promptly is because of the risks they pose to the local environment. Before gas heating became widely affordable and available in the Vancouver area in the 1950’s and 60’s, oil storage tanks were the most popular source of home heating. Because of their size, they were often buried underground to prevent the creation of eyesores for those living on the residential properties. Once oil tanks ceased being used, many homeowners at the time did not see any reason to remove them.

Recent studies have shown that buried oil storage tanks can be dangerous to their surrounding environments and therefore the onus is now on property owners to ensure that they are fully removed and disposed of upon discovery.The main danger of disused oil tanks is that many of them may still contain oil, which can leak through the rusted tanks and contaminate the soil and water in the immediate vicinity and, in some cases, much further.

As a property owner, what do I need to do?

To prevent damage and destruction to your garden, as well as the property of your neighbours and local flora, fauna and wildlife, it is imperative to check your property for the presence of an old oil tank. West Coast Tank Recovery can perform a hassle-free scan of your property to detect a buried, or hidden oil tank within a short time frame, without having to upheave your garden.

Should an oil tank be detected, we provide a comprehensive, non-invasive removal service that will take the weight right off your shoulders. The expert team at WC Tank Recovery will assist you in all your oil tank removal needs, from ensuring that any contaminated soil is responsibly disposed of, to ensuring that the affected area is backfilled and left looking as good as new.

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Oil Tank Detection: The First Step in Oil Tank Recovery

When you live in British Columbia, oil tanks are something every property owner needs to think about at one stage. This is because underground oil tanks are on the grounds of many properties in the province, due to most households switching to natural gas as the main energy source during the 1950s.

The reason oil tanks have become a problem in BC is the risk they pose to the environment. Although oil tanks were emptied before they were left buried, there was still some residual oil left in most of them.  If this leaks out, then the soil can become contaminated and this could even go into the water table. So not only is the wildlife at risk, but so are we, potentially.

Due to this risk, the Government of BC has made it illegal to have an oil tank on the grounds of property you are selling. Basically, you cannot sell a property in this province if it has an oil tank buried underground.

Nowadays, with the high demand for property in Vancouver and the surrounding cities, getting rid of oil tanks is more crucial than ever. For many, this can seem like an impossible task, but is actually easier than you think, if you go with an expert company like West Coast Tank Recovery.

Many people think that their whole garden will have to be dug up in order to find and remove an oil tank, but this is not the case. The first step is oil tank detection, to see if you even have an oil tank on your property, and many properties don’t have them because they may have already been removed.

Oil tank detection will use ground penetrating radar technology to figure out if there is an underground oil tank on the grounds of your property. With oil tank detection there is no need to dig up anything, thanks to the advanced technology we use here at West Coast Tank Recovery.

Simply give us a call, or drop an email and arrange a time for our team to come and inspect your property with our oil tank detection tools. We will try to be as flexible as possible and pick a time that suits you. If we do come across an oil tank on your property, using oil tank detection, we can then discuss the next step of oil tank removal with you.

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Is Your Home Oil Tank Free?

Do you know if your home is oil tank free? If not, then you should look into oil tank removal sooner rather than later, and here are the reasons why.

The history of oil tanks

If you are living in an area of Greater Vancouver that was built from the mid 1950’s or before, then there is a very high chance that an oil tank that contained furnace oil would have been buried beneath your backyard.

When natural gas became more readily available, many of the oil tanks were removed, while others were filled with sand or left entirely. If you are one of the unfortunate ones not to have had it removed, then conducting an oil tank removal should be a priority.

Why oil tank removal is important

Although comparing an oil tank removal to sitting on a time bomb is an extreme comparison, it should be said that the longer you leave your oil tank without removing it, then the higher risk you have of problems occurring.

As the oil tanks starts to rust and corrode, whatever oil substance is left in the tank may leak out and contaminate the surrounding area. This may go as far as your neighbour’s property and can even affect the soil and water of surrounding houses. Possibly the worst part of this is that you are responsible for any damage that is caused as a result, so it is best to have an oil tank removal as soon as possible.

How do I know if I have an oil tank still buried?

If you are unsure if you still have an oil tank buried on the property after looking through your housing deeds then the best way is to enlist the services of a professional oil tank removal company. With the aid of modern technology such as ground penetrating radar and metal detectors, the oil tank removal company is able to locate one,if there is even a trace of an oil tank below.

Send for the experts

If there is an oil tank located beneath your property after scanning, then having an experienced team remove it is the only viable option. If you are even contemplating attempting to remove it by yourself or with the aid of some tools and machinery then you should seriously think again, as this can be a dangerous process for anyone that is not sufficiently trained, and may result in the contamination you are trying to prevent.

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Look for an Oil Tank Removal Company with Oil Tank Detection Services

Here at West Coast Tank Recovery, we want to make the removal of an oil tank as easy as possible for the customer. We know how inconvenient you fear it can be dealing with an oil tank on your premises and want to show you that it is not as bad as it seems.

Most people living in Vancouver, who are from BC, know about unused oil tanks being buried underground. This is because the type of fuel that we currently use in the province is natural gas, but it used to be oil and when the switch was made, the oil tanks became obsolete. Oil tanks that have not been used for at least two years must be removed under BC law.

However, it can be difficult to know if you have an oil tank on your property because they are buried underground. At West Coast Tank Recovery, we offer oil tank detection services, as well as oil tank removal services.

The benefit of going with a company that offers both of these services is that the whole process is streamlined. You can of course go for separate companies, one that facilitates the oil tank detection and another that will remove the oil tank if one is found to be there. However, this means dealing with multiple companies and you cannot be 100% sure that the correct information regarding oil tanks on your property will be communicated between both companies. The company that does the oil tank detection part will have to let the oil tank removal company know exactly where it is. While this is entirely possible, it is easier for everybody involved if you use the same firm for oil tank removal and oil tank detection.

For our oil tank detection services at West Coast Tank Recovery we use metal detection and advanced ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology. This means no digging is necessary to find out if you have an oil tank. The digging only begins once one has been detected and you authorize us to remove it. This process is smooth and mess free, as we know exactly where the oil tank is located and can keep the digging confined to that area. If we don’t find one, that will be the end of it and you will be satisfied in the knowledge that you are not breaking the law by keeping an obsolete oil tank on your premises.  We will also provide you with documentation to prove that your property is oil tank-free, so when it is time to sell, there will be no question.

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At What Stage of Selling Should You Consider Oil Tank Removal?

When you are selling a property in British Columbia, you need to ensure that there are no oil tanks on it. In the mid twentieth century, the province of British Columbia decided to stop using oil, which was then the main source of energy for the region. BC instead switched to natural gas, which is more energy efficient and better for the environment.

However, the oil tanks that previously stored oil used as fuel were not entirely disposed of and many were buried underground to keep them out of sight. The problem with this is that it can be damaging to the environment. Yes, the oil tanks were emptied before they were buried underground but they still had some residual oil left in them. As the tank ages and deteriorate, if this leaks, it could leach into the soil and contaminate it.

Because of this risk, the government of BC has declared it illegal to sell a property with an oil tank on it. Property is big news in BC and a lot of buying and selling of property happens, so the government is hoping that this means a lot of oil tank removals also happen.

If you are thinking of selling your property, or are in the process of doing so, oil tank removal is a natural concern. Many people ask the question, at what stage of selling should you consider oil tank removal?

The truth of the matter is that you should look into oil tank removal as soon as possible. This is because you might not even have to avail of oil tank removal. It could turn out that you do not have an oil tank on your property at all. To know this for sure you can have an oil tank removal firm come out and scan your property and its grounds for oil tanks. They will use radar technology to see if there is an oil tank underground without digging anything up.

If there is an oil tank on your property, then the sooner you get the oil tank removal over with, the better. It is not a difficult, or particularly mess process at all. In fact, the oil tank removal firm will break it up and remove it in parts and then recycle it, with very little upheaval to the surrounding area. However, as you cannot sell your property with an oil tank on the grounds, it is best to avail of oil tank removal as soon as possible, so you won’t encounter any delays.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Oil Tanks

If you are considering purchasing a residential property in Vancouver, BC, it is imperative to be aware of the potential existence of a disused oil tank buried underground. According to municipal law, it is the landowner’s responsibility to ensure that old oil tanks must be safely removed and disposed of.

Here are some of the more frequently asked questions asked by new Vancouver homeowners and potential buyers.

What are oil tanks?

Before gas heating became affordable and thus widespread across Vancouver, oil furnace heating was the most popular way of heating homes. This involved storing large amounts of oil in a tank, preferably buried underground so as not to cause an eyesore.

What is the danger of a disused oil tank if it is buried underground?

Many oil tanks were not thoroughly drained of their remaining oil, and due to corrosion over time, there is a high risk of buried oil tanks leaking toxic materials into the surrounding earth.

This could potentially cause a considerable amount of damage to your property, as well as your neighbours’ properties and surrounding areas.

The chance of a leak exponentially increases the longer a tank is left buried underground.

Will it be expensive to deal with a buried oil tank?

The longer you leave an old oil tank to decompose, the higher the chances are that you may soon have a dangerous leak to deal with. The answer is simple – make sure to locate and remove an oil tank from your property before the cost of the clean-up far outweighs the cost of dealing with your tank as early as possible.

I want to preform a check for an oil tank on my property. What are the next steps to take?

Look for visual hints and signs that there may be a buried oil tank on your property. The most popular signs are things such as

•    Bare patches of soil where grass does not grow may indicate the presence of oil

•    Depressions in the earth close to your home

•    Vent pipes in the ground

If you suspect that there may be a buried oil tank on your property, do not attempt to take any further action! Contact the professional team at West Coast Tank Recovery who can help you plan the next steps, involving the scanning and location of the oil tank, its environmentally safe removal and disposal, and the backfilling of any earth affected during the process.

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Planning to Buy Property in BC? Check for Oil Tanks first!

British Columbia is a fine mix of the best of nature and the urban world. It is one of the most preferred places to live in Canada and even the world. It has easy access to quality life, education, night life, cultural diversity, beautiful landscape and just about everything that you need for you and your loved ones. People from different provinces and countries migrate to British Columbia and make it a home. So, are you among the many people who are planning to settle in this part of the world?

If you are planning to buy property in Vancouver and its adjoining regions or may be some other countryside or city in British Columbia, you need to be aware of the underground oil tanks. You have most certainly made a wise choice in buying a property in British Columbia; you just need to know that there is a really strong legislation regarding a hidden or above ground oil tank on the property that needs to be immediately removed.

British Columbia has a history, much like the rest of Canada and US, of underground and above ground oil tanks or storage tanks. They were used in the recent past; however, they have been reduced to no-use with better alternatives and due to their risks of easy soil contamination and damaging their immediate environment.

Whether you have an empty oil tank or one that is redundant on your property, there would be some amount of oil that can easily get spilled on the land. It is time and again discussed that oil leakage and spills are extremely dangerous to the surroundings and land of your property and neighboring properties.

Underground storage tanks (USTs) are the buried oil tanks on the property that over a period of time become redundant and remain hidden without much notice. In the early twentieth century, almost every other household in British Columbia used oil as a fuel that was made available through these USTs. Oil was easily replaced by natural gas in the following years and the oil tanks become obsolete and remain buried.

To stress on the need of oil tank removal for environment reasons, British Columbia has a legal requirement for every property owner to remove an oil tank on their property. It is always a safe idea to scan the property and detect any hidden oil tank on it. If there is an existing oil tank, then the present owner needs to seek the professional assistance of an oil tank removal company for its safe and easy disposal.

Oil tank removal is a necessary one-time investment that ensures that your property is fit for purchase. You have the peace of mind and assurance that there are no oil tanks on the property and you have no legal obligation towards them anymore. You also add more value to your property with the addition of an oil tank free status or certificate for it.

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The Importance of Oil Tank Detection and Removal

As a property owner, you should be aware of the risks posed by old oil tanks. Many residential properties built between the years 1925 – 1965 are highly likely to have a buried oil tank.

If no longer in use, oil tanks should always be removed from a property by professionals to ensure that the property and remaining environment is safe.

The main danger of oil tank is the contamination of the local environment such as soil and water. Due to factors such as improper maintenance, or installation, as well as corrosion, or other external damage, oil tanks can leak hazardous oil into the local environment, making the area toxic for humans.

Contaminated soil and water should always be dealt with professionally, but the best thing is to have the oil tank removed before a leak occurs, costing the property owner thousands of dollars in repairs.

You may have noticed some signs on your property pointing to the presence of a buried oil tank. Look for a filler cap, either on your lawn, or somewhere on your exterior property. Also look for a vent pipe on the side of your home that runs upwards. In many cases, these elements may have been unadvisedly concealed by home improvements such as extensions or landscaping; making detection with the naked eye very difficult.

If you suspect there may be a buried oil tank on your property, the best solution is to contact professionals. WC Tank Recovery offer a free estimate of the cost of an oil tank detection operation, and, if necessary, a safe oil tank removal from your property.

How does it work?

WC Tank Recovery uses state of the art technology to scan oil tanks underneath the ground, therefore accurately detecting the presence of oil tanks in a short amount of time. The technology employed by WC Tank Recovery combines effective methods such as metal detection and GPR scanning to search for buried oil tanks in a non-destructive manner. This means if no oil tank is found, you will not have to worry about any resulting clean up on your property.

If a buried oil tank is detected, WC Tank Recovery will look after the safe removal of the oil tank, as well as any potentially contaminated soil, sludge or sand. WC Tank Recovery will then safely and responsibly dispose of the tank and all contaminated materials.

Finally, WC Tank Recovery will backfill your land, and can arrange for further restoration of your property if necessary.

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