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.
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).
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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