If you are hoping to obtain a building permit, or are a prospective or current home owner, then you may have encountered oil tanks that may be buried under your house or garden. Initially, it can be a confusing subject to understand exactly what it is, why would it concern you, and what can you can do to fix the problem.
Why might an oil tank be buried under my home or garden?
If you are living in the metro Vancouver area particularly, then there is a fairly high chance that an oil tank may be buried in your area. Previously utilized for heating and powering homes, they were used as recently as the 1970s before being replaced by other forms of energy and heat. Many of the tanks were not removed, so if you are living on a property that is older than 30 years, then there is a high chance you may need to engage in an oil tank removal.
Why should I remove it?
As the tanks age, there is an increased chance that the heating oil, or fuel that they would have been storing will leak out and contaminate the area. Enlisting the help of a professional oil tank removal service is a necessity, particularly as the first step is to pump the tank empty of any contents.
A professional oil tank removal company is able to perform a site assessment and offer advice in what needs to be done in order to decommission and remove the oil tank. The longer you leave it before you engage in an oil tank removal, then the more likely it is to leak, so putting it off is not a smart move in the long run.
Local and municipal requirements
The requirements from each municipal government vary depending on the area, so be sure to read up on what is required for your region with regards to oil tank removal. If you are seeking to obtain a building permit, then in some areas you will be asked to provide a certificate that there are no buried oil tanks under your property.
Before conducting any oil tank removal, it is best to contact your local municipality first, as they may be able to provide some valuable support, advice and assistance for arranging for its removal.