It is important to know the facts about the safe removal of underground oil tanks in Connecticut.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection have made the following recommendations.
What should I do when I remove my residential heating oil UST?
Hire a Registered contractor for underground tank removal. DEEP recommends that a soil sample be collected from underneath the tank and piping and that it be analyzed for Extractable Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (ETPH) at a Connecticut certified laboratory. Most often contractors will collect samples and deliver them to a certified lab for you. Take photos of the tank and the excavation, if possible. Have your contractor generate a brief letter report documenting the details of the tank removal, including ETPH reports from the lab. Keep these documents in a safe place, as homebuyers usually want proof prior to purchasing the house that the tank did not leak or that any leak was cleaned up.
- Rust: The enemy of most all metal and underground storage tanks (UST) are no exception. Underground oil tanks are known to fail because of rust perforation which is caused by water entering the tank. When this water eventually settles at the bottom of the oil tank the sediment, bacteria and sulfur from the oil combine to create a very corrosive acid. This acid begins to break down the inside of the container and eventually it will eat through the wall of underground steel oil tank.
- Improper Installation: When an underground oil tank is improperly installed the tank will most likely cause problems in the future. Here are a few common mistakes which are made:
- Using indoor rated tank being installed outdoors – Indoor tanks lack the thickness of the steel and anti-corrosion coating necessary for an UST.
- Damaged oil tank – An oil tank that has been mishandled may have encountered structural damage before or during the installation.
- Improper Piping – Using the wrong type of piping material or installing with poor, inadequate connections is a surefire recipe for a future leak. Acidic Soil Conditions: When an undeground oil tank is installed in soil conditions which are acidic or contain a significant amount of groundwater the likelihood of external corrosion is increased significantly.
For more information visit the DEEP website at http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?A=2692&Q=450964
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Connecticut Energy Services, LLC serves the residential and commercial community and is based in Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut. We specialize in the excavation of underground oil storage tanks and the installation of their replacements.
Fully licensed and insured, Connecticut Energy Services, LLC, is qualified to complete the excavation and removal of underground fuel oil storage tanks both residential and commercial. We take care of all the necessary permits, provide Certified Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon (TPH) test result(s) – completed by a state certified laboratory. We ultimately present the property owner with a certified Closure Letter documenting the tank removal and the results. In the event of contaminated soil, Connecticut Energy Services, LLC is qualified and equipped to complete the remediation process.
Connecticut Energy Services, LLC does NOT subcontract out any of this work – we are able to provide underground oil tank removals in a timely and professional manner. We complete each project to meet city or town , State and Department of Environmental Protection established standards.
Connecticut Energy Services, LLC looks forward to assisting property owners like yourself with our services. Please feel free to call me with any questions you may have.
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