Q. How do I know if I have an oil tank?
A. Houses built between 1945 to 1965 frequently had an oil furnace and usually an underground oil storage tank. Houses built prior to this may have converted to oil from coal or sawdust, and houses built after 1965 most likely had natural gas available.
Q. What are some signs that would indicate that I have a tank?
A. Here is a picture of vent pipe and a fill cap. These are some things to look for, if you need more help contact a professional underground service location company, we recommend Diversified Electronics, and GeoScan Subsurface Surveys.
Q. How much does it cost to remove a tank?
A. $1,300 to $1,800 depending on access and the cost of the permit in your municipality (which could be up to $300).
Q. How long does it take to remove?
A. Usually one day sometimes two.
Q. When can Stormworks do the job?
A. Usually within one week of contact or sooner in an emergency situation.
Q. What are the chances of leakage?
A. In our experience the majority of tanks don’t leak, if there is leakage you should check out this BC Administration Government site for more information. (www.env.gov.bc.ca)
Q. Must I remove my tank?
A. Short answer is yes. It is a provincial statute and most municipalities have additional bylaws that require abandoned tanks to be removed. As well, if you are planning on selling your home purchasers and mortgage lenders will require proof that the tank has been removed. It should also be noted that many insurance companies are refusing to insure homes until abandoned tanks have been removed.
Q Do I get a certificate?
A. Yes. Stormworks provides you with a certificate and sends a copy to the municipal fire department where it is recorded that your tank has been properly removed.
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