Removing Oil Tank with Expertise
A heating oil tank comes with an expiry date for its service. Once that date is passed, it no more works with the same efficiency. Sometimes, it may also happen that the tank starts to leak or develops cracks. It is highly essential to remove the oil tanks in such cases. Nowadays, many people in the USA are simply removing the tanks because they no longer rely on oil for heating their homes. While it is advisable to contact professional oil tank removal companies to deal with the underground tanks, you can handle the removal of above-ground tanks yourself with ease.
Here are some tips you can follow while removing oil tank:
1. Get clearance from the local authorities: No one would like it if you simply start digging up the ground to remove your oil tank. You should first check with the building’s management authorities as well as the local fire department as to whether there are any rules and regulations that should be followed while removing an oil tank. Get clearance from the locals so that you do not face any legal hassles afterwards. Also such clearance will help you in knowing if it is safe to remove the heating oil tank by yourself or you would need to take help of an oil tank removal company.
2. Empty the tank completely: It is very difficult to take out a tank if it is filled with oil, sludge, dirt or sediments. The commercial companies have machineries and mechanisms to get rid of any such left behind material. The oil can be pumped out and later used in the new heating tank or for some other purpose. Make sure that you do not spill the oil near tank as it will create difficulty while taking out the metal body.
3. Choose the oil tank removal company wisely: There are many commercial companies which offer services to remove as well as replace the oil tank. However, you should make your decision wisely. You can talk with representatives of 2 to 3 different companies in your locality in order to compare their machineries, way of working, time required by them to complete the entire task, and last but definitely not the least- the rates offered by each of them. Based on these factors you can make your decision and hire the most feasible option.
4. Use metal cutting saw to make the process easier: In case you are removing an above-ground heating oil tank by yourself, then you can use a metal cutting saw to cut the tank in halves. It will make the process of tank removal easier. However, make sure that you always wear hand-gloves, goggles, and face protection mask while cutting the metal with saw because there is a chance of sharp metal particles hurting unprotected eyes and face.
These tips and methods will help you in removing the heating oil tank in your home. An oil tank removal company will save your time as well as effort required in this task. Make sure that you keep a file of all the documents and paper work related removing oil tank with you for local record.