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Specializing in the closure of residential heating oil storage tanks in the Triangle and Triad areas of North Carolina.
Because most residential USTs are non-regulated, the tank owner is not required to inspect the soils for leakage or even remove it when leakage is found. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality recommends that the tank be cleaned out and filled, at a minimum, if the tank is not to be removed. The property owner should keep in mind that if leakage has occurred and is discovered at a later date, a Notice of Residual Petroleum will have to be filed a the register of deeds, even if the tank has been cleaned out and filled.

There are times that the removal of a UST would cause problems, so in-place abandonment may be a better method of closure. For instance, when a tank is located close to a basement wall, the removal of the tank is likely to result in water drainage and/or foundational/structural problems. Or, the tank is difficult to access, surrounded by a well-established, expensive landscape, brick or stone walkways or walls, or the UST is partially buried beneath the house, a tree, or a patio. But keep in mind, the tank is not the issue of concern - leakage is. Each method of closure has its risks, which should be carefully considered.
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Petroleum Storage Tank Removal, Soil Testing, & Cleanup
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Residential USTs are non-regulated, meaning removal is not required, even if leakage has occurred. But removal is usually the best option for closure.

SSE believes in full disclosure of the tank closure options and regulatory requirements. We often provide a detailed proposal/cost estimate before doing a tank/soil inspection. Then, we leave the decision on how to proceed up to our client. We don't want to put anyone in a bind.
The vent pipe to the UST is located straight back and to the left of the white PVC furnace vent. One end of the UST was beneath the brick wall on the left, the other was at the foot of the steps to the back door, hidden by the shrub on the right.
The fill pipe is in front of the shovel. There was absolutely no way to remove this tank. So the home owner decided to have it cleaned out and filled. SSE filled this UST with flowable fill, a sand/cement slurry. A closure report with photos was provided.
SSE takes great care in having as little impact to the landscape as possible. If SSE didn't provide a report with photos, most of our clients wouldn't even know that we had done the job, except that the fill and vent pipes are no longer present.