If you have discovered a leak in your underground tank and you want to know the laws and regulations that govern this, then you should seek for information from your local fire prevention offices or from your environmental department head. It is important then to have your underground tank removed but you have to know for are the requirements for this.
You should look for a reliable underground tank removal contractor in your area. Seek referrals from your family or friends, the local fire department or public works department. You can also look for information online or the registry of your local business board.
You should call all the underground removal contractors you have searched for operating in your area to find out how much it can cost you to have your underground tank removed. You may need to pay a higher fee if your underground tank is large or hard to reach. To determine which the best contractor to hire is, make comparisons of their costs and services offered.
It is important for the removal contractor to inspect your tank first. This will let them know what needs to be done. The amount of money you will spend for the removal of the underground tank is something you should know at the outset. Hire a contractor that knows the local or state laws and regulations governing the removal of underground storage tanks. The tank should then be thoroughly checked to find out possible signs of contamination. The removal contractor should also be licensed and insured to perform the job.
There are many functions that a removal contractor should be able to perform. The following functions are what an underground tank removal contractor can do.
The contractor will be the one to get permits to remove your underground tank. He will assign someone to clean the tank of its oil and its residues. He should be able to excavate the tank system including its piping. There are authorized disposal sites where the removal contractor should dispose the tank system, residues, remaining oil, and soil. The tank removal contractor should check if there are signs of leaks. He should be able to separate clean soil from contaminated soil. It is important that the tank removal contractor document the removal process and disposal. He should be able to report the findings to you.
When the tank removal contractor is undertaking the tank removal process, it is important that the local fire department is present. They make sure that there are no hazards in the surrounding areas near the tank. They have to measure the contamination and record the condition of the tank. The location of the contamination should be checked.
Measurement for contamination should be done after the tank is removed, within 24 hours.