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How is oil tank removal done?

For above ground tank removal, the tank’s gauge is removed. Any remaining oil in the tank is pumped out of the tank and into a drum using a transfer hose. Leftover, uncontaminated fuel oil is typically filtered and used for heating. Once all the oil is removed, the tank is then cut open using a reciprocating saw. Any sludge at the bottom of the tank is scooped out, the walls are scraped, and the tank is cleaned. (The sludge is then recycled.) The tank’s vent and fill pipes are then cut and removed from the foundation. Any holes in the ground are patched and filled. The empty tank is then hauled away to a certified place of disposal, where it is inspected, scrapped, and melted down.

For underground tank removal, the tank is located and dug up. If there is any oil inside, it is pumped out of the tank and into a drum using a hose. Any oil will be filtered and reused. The tank is then removed from the ground with the help of an excavator and is loaded onto a truck or trailer. The soil is inspected for contamination or any signs of a leak and gets written confirmation from a licensed inspector that there was no contamination. The hole is then refilled and the area is restored.
 

How much does oil tank removal cost?

The national average cost to remove an oil tank is anywhere from $300-$5,000 depending on whether it’s above ground or underground, where it’s located, local disposal and permit fees, who you hire, etc.
 

Who should I hire to handle my oil tank removal?

To ensure you hire the best contractor, we recommend getting three estimates when possible to adequately compare experience, customer service, costs, and availability before hiring someone to assist with your oil tank removal project.