What is the Cleanup Process for an Oil Tank Removal in Putnam County NY?

An underground oil spill is a concern that gets the attention of the authorities. State law requires a homeowner to notify the state of an oil spill when it happens from an underground oil tank in his home. The homeowner is then required to take care of the costs of the cleanup which could be very costly if he is not insured. Soil remediation and groundwater cleanup require specialized tests and equipment which could cost tens of thousands of dollars.

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Suspect oil tank leakage

Unlike an above ground oil tank leakage, identifying an underground oil tank leak is difficult as visual inspection is impossible. Some signs that can raise the possibility of an oil leak include dead vegetation above the tank area, sensible oil odor, and oil in the water brought up by the sump pump.

The surest way of identifying an oil leak is by contacting a specialist to do oil tank inspection along with tests of the soil and the groundwater to ascertain a leakage.

Clean up

When a leakage is confirmed, the contractor is mandated by the state to contact the authorities about the case. The state assigns the case a number to enable tracking of the handling of the case. On site the following steps are taken by the contractor;

  • The ground around the tank is excavated to allow the extraction of the tank from the ground.
  • Soil that was under the tank is collected for tests for oil contamination. Groundwater is also tested if the leakage is widespread and deep.
  • The contractor draws up a plan of action on cleaning up and the costs.
  • If the homeowner is insured he contacts the insurance company to cover the costs. Otherwise, the homeowner is compelled to cover the costs.
  • The contractor excavates all the contaminated soil for safe disposal. This is done until only clean soil is left. The same is done for groundwater is there was contamination. This cleanup will require special equipment at times depending on the extent of the spill.
  • After all the cleanup is done, the contractor files paperwork with the authorities showing the cleanup is through.
  • The state issues a ‘No Further Action Required’ Permit to the homeowner.

These steps may vary a little from state to state. However, many states require homeowners to cover costs of any spills on their property. Above ground oil tank removal NY services follow the same cleanup steps except for the excavation part. It is strongly advised to cleanup leakages as soon as they are noted to minimize health and pollution risks.