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Protecting The Ground With Oil Tank Removal: Testing For Oil Leaks

What was once a common practice but now is often forgotten, buried oil tanks were found throughout the Northern Virginia area. In fact, many experts suggest there are nearly one-half million oil tanks still in Virginia. State law states if an oil tank is present on the property of a home at the time of sale and the new homeowner assumes responsibility for the oil tank should any problems arise. In fact, the new homeowner is then responsible for the removal of the oil tank.

Oil tank removal is preceeded by pressure-testing to determine the strength of the tank. While determining how aged the structure is, this also will identify weak spots or holes that should be kept in mind when completing the oil tank removal process on your Virginia home. Another way of assessing whether or not the oil tank leaks involves using soil samples from around the tank.

Even though you may think your buried oil tank on your Aldie, VA property is not a big deal and you will eventually deal with the ramifications, in reality it can be a very big deal. If the fuel oil stored in the tank seeps into the ground soil, it may make its way to the drinking water and lead to human health problems.

For more information on testing an oil tank, or to discuss other solutions to an oil tank on your property including oil tank removal, contact Soils and Environmental Services, Inc. Serving the Northern Virginia and Washington DC residential and commercial markets since 1987, Soils and Environmental Services, specializes in testing and safely removing above- and below-ground oil tanks.

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