Practical Environmental Solutions, PC

Specializing in oil tank removal, contamination cleanup, and State Compliance.
Practical Environmental Solutions, PC
Practical Environmental Solutions, PC2 weeks ago
Another oil tank removed to save a property transaction.

We opened the top of the tank to allow us to thoroughly wash out all of the sludge inside. Another photo shows the corrosion holes in the bottom of the tank that caused soil contamination.

The yard cleanup looks pretty good. After a couple of rains the grass will grow through the backfill material making it look even better.

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Practical Environmental Solutions, PC
Practical Environmental Solutions, PC1 month ago
Many inexperienced companies will say "That tank's too close to the house. Lets just fill it with sand." (which is a waste of time and money and doesn't accomplish anything).

They say that because they're afraid and they don't know how to remove it safely. Maybe they don't even own a machine that can do the job. And they don't have the experience to know what to do.... but they can rent a saw and dump in some sand for $$$.

True, there is a point where a tank should be properly closed in-place by filling it with concrete rather than removing it. But that point is a lot closer to the house than you might think. Removal criteria also includes the type of house foundation, soil characteristics, depth to water table, etc.

Practical Environmental Solutions has consulted structural engineers and has more actual experience than anyone in southeastern North Carolina.

Let us evaluate your tank situation and offer you a solution.

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Practical Environmental Solutions, PC
Practical Environmental Solutions, PC2 months ago
Take just half a minute and look at these small corrosion holes in a bare steel underground tank. A lot of time the holes we see are much larger than the ones seen in this video.

Over time even a "pin" hole can leak a lot of fuel and cause a lot of contamination.

Old oil tanks should be removed as soon as possible. Things will only get worse with time.
Practical Environmental Solutions, PC
Practical Environmental Solutions, PC
Practical Environmental Solutions, PC2 months ago
This video illustrates why you must cut open the oil tank top to allow a thorough interior cleaning.

Most of the sludge doesn’t flow until it is liquefied by the wash water. Some of the sludge is like soft jello and flows easily after a quick rinse but some sludge has hardened into a blocky crust and must be moved to the vacuum hose using the spray water.

If you look carefully, you can see large holes in the sides of the tank (irregular black spots).

#PES #PracticalEnvironmentalSolutions #OilTank #OilTankRemoval #OilTankCleanup #OilTankNC
Practical Environmental Solutions, PC
Practical Environmental Solutions, PC
Practical Environmental Solutions, PC2 months ago
Currently, the State of North Carolina is not enforcing the statue and regulation cleanup rules, so it is easier to "close" an oil tank incident and to get a "No Further Action" letter from the State.

Another leaking tank out of the ground. Just in time to sell the house.

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Practical Environmental Solutions, PC3 months ago
One question keeps coming up over and over: "Can't I just fill my tank with sand?" It's a waste of time and money and doesn't accomplish anything. It doesn't officially close the tank with the State and it doesn't end the tank owner's liability. Watch the video to learn more.

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