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Specializing in the closure of residential heating oil storage tanks in the Triangle and Triad areas of North Carolina.
P.O. Box 3074
Chapel Hill, NC 27515
Sensible Solutions Environmental
Petroleum Storage Tank Removal, Soil Testing, & Cleanup
Being a single-employee company, I put my reputation on the line on every project. My clients have the best man on the job from start to finish (28 years of experience removing petroleum storage tanks). And with very low overhead, SSE can be most competitive cost wise. So I hope to have the opportunity to be of service. Please give me a call.
We removed a UST from the backyard, where several of the plants had to be moved. Because the home was up for sale, we did a little extra landscaping to cover our tracks. Removing a tank is very destructive to the yard. We do our best to repair the landscape, sometimes leaving the yard looking better than it did when we first arrived.
Tanks under a house are often left with many gallons of oil in them. The cost for cleanup of leakage from an AST can be much, much more than for a UST. There is no trust fund to help pay for the cleanup of AST leakage.
Some ASTs were installed in the crawlspace before the floor was built, so that the top of the tank is almost making contact with the floor joists. In such cases, I have to clean out the interior and climb inside to finish cutting the tank.
This UST was next to a basement wall and had a natural gas line nearby. Removal might have resulted in water problems, so the owner decided on in-place abandonment. The tank was cut open, cleaned out, and filled with a sand/cement slurry. The fill and vent pipes were removed during the process. This method of tank closure is infinitely less destructive to the landscape. Although not required, prior to the job, the soils were inspected for evidence of leakage, and none was found.