If your property has an underground storage tank, you probably know already that a leak could be very unfortunate – not only for the environment, but for your pocketbook. When an underground storage tank or connected piping leaks, the cleanup can be costly. And if your insurance policy contains a “pollution exclusion” clause, which many do, you could get stuck with the bill.
The best way to avoid significant expense later is to have any tank that is over 15 years old, removed and replaced. Underground tanks, whether commercial or residential, are not meant to last forever and our experience tells us that sooner or later they all leak.
The first step for a property owner in removing an underground tank is to contact a licensed and certified tank removal specialist, such as Associated Building Wreckers. Rest assured that our experience is both varied and complete and our vast amount of equipment can handle any removal from light residential to heavy industrial. We have been in the business of removing above ground ("AST") and underground ("UST") tanks from 250 gallons all the way up to 5 million gallons for 30+ years.
The first step in any UST removal is a thorough inspection of the property in order to determine what is needed to prepare the site. Next, all necessary permits are obtained from the local fire department and the work area is marked out by Dig Safe. Once all utilities are either marked or cut and capped, uncovering of the tank can begin. We will begin excavation so that the tank can be properly pumped, purged of petroleum vapors and cleaned prior to transportation to a licensed tank disposal facility. Additionally, per Massachusetts State law, all Commercial and Industrial tank removals require an LSP (Licensed Site Professional) to sample the soils around the tank. This outside agency has a two-fold purpose in overseeing the tank removal. First, they are the environmental steward on the job, responsible for safeguarding the environment against possible contamination. And second, they provide you, the tank owner, piece of mind that removal and any potential cleanup is done per Massachusetts regulations.