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Specializing in the closure of residential heating oil storage tanks in the Triangle and Triad areas of North Carolina.
Sensible Solutions' tank and soil inspections are performed only by a NC-licensed geologist, to ensure accurate interpretation of field observations (you get our very best from the very start).

The inspection of a UST begins by measuring the diameter of the tank, through the fill pipe (if present), and the volume of fluids in the tank. A probing rod will then be used to locate the ends of the UST. The diameter and length will provide the exact capacity of the tank.

Once the ends of the UST are located, a hand auger will be used to advance a borehole through the soil within one foot of each end of the tank. The removed soil will be inspected for oil stains and odors.

It is important to inspect the soil as deeply as possible, in order to assess the vertical extent of contaminant migration. When leakage is obvious, there is no need to send a sample to the lab (the State's cleanup levels have been exceeded). We don't need to pay a lab to tell us what we already know - that the leakage must be reported to the State. If the soil has a faint odor, or no odor at all, a sample can be submitted for laboratory confirmation that the soil contaminant concentrations are above or below the State Action Limit (100 parts per million for leakage from a UST and detection for leakage from an AST).
336-525-8002 (office)

336-263-0965 (mobile)

P.O. Box 3074
Chapel Hill, NC 27515

Sensible Solutions Environmental
Petroleum Storage Tank Removal, Soil Testing, & Cleanup
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Local inspections run $125 to $200 (most of the Triad and Triangle areas), plus sample analysis, if necessary.

Most of the time, an inspection can be performed within minutes of your request.

SSE has two different types of metal detectors for locating USTs and buried utility lines. If there's a tank on the property, we'll find it.
An above ground storage tank (AST) is often installed to replace a leaking underground tank (UST). An AST installed in a crawlspace can leak too.
The fill and vent pipes to a UST are not always this easy to find. They often rust away, or have been removed, or they may be hidden in vegetation.
Oil seeping out of the ground is a sure sign of leakage from a UST. Recent heavy rains filled the tank with water and the oil floated to the surface.