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Residential Oil Tank Removal 101: An Interview with Skip Kost of Enviroshield Inc.

By Skip Kost

Tell us a little bit about your experience, company history and the services you offer.

Enviroshield, Inc. was founded in 1975 by Edward "Skip" Kost. Enviroshield Inc. has been servicing buried and above ground oil tanks for almost 40 years. The services include removal and installation of tanks, tank abandonments, tank testing, soil and water samples, soil and water remediation, metal scans to locate buried tanks and emergency response for leaking tanks. Enviroshield Inc. will visit any location in Connecticut and Westchester County for a free quote for a tank removal.

Can you briefly explain what residential oil tank removal is and why it's important?

Many homes have buried and above ground oil tanks for heating systems. When these tanks get old they need to be removed and replaced before they rust away and start leaking. Many times during a real estate transaction the new buyer requests the old buried oil tank be removed and the soil checked to make sure no leaks have occurred.

How does a homeowner or potential home buyer know (or find out) that there is an old buried oil tank on their property?

During the home inspection and disclosure process of a real estate transaction old fuel oil lines are sometimes discovered in the basement leading out through the foundation to a buried oil tank. If there is no documentation of a tank removal and the fill pipe and vent are not present a metal scan can be performed to check if in fact an old buried oil tank is present or if it was removed. If the tank was removed prior but no documentation of the removal was done with soil samples, a specialist can obtain soil samples from the old tank grave to verify soil conditions and insure to the new buyer or lending institution if any petroleum contamination exists.

What are the basic steps involved in the removal of a buried tank?

You would need to obtain all the necessary permits from the town including "Call Before You Dig." Next we arrive on site to pump any remaining liquid from the tank, uncover and remove the tank for proper disposal, obtain a soil sample from the tank grave and backfill, reseed the area or replant any shrubs that may have been moved. A report is generated and delivered to the customer. The average tank pull is completed in less than a day's time.

Are there any special regulations or procedures that must be followed when an old oil tank is removed from a home in Connecticut?

Enviroshield Inc. is a licensed Spill Clean-Up and Waste Transporter Contractor in the state of Connecticut (CT-HW 495), a licensed Home Improvement Contractor in Connecticut (HIC#0582591), a licensed Plumbing Contractor and is fully insured to perform all of our services which allow us to meet any and all local and state regulations involving the removal, testing or remediation of oil tanks in the Connecticut.

What advice would you give to a homeowner who has an old above-ground oil tank in their basement?

When an oil tank appears to be rusted, has wet spots on the bottom or exceeds 20 to 25 years old, it is recommended to replace it. Old oil tanks not being used should be removed from the basement or crawlspace.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you and your company?

Enviroshield Inc. is located in Stratford, Connecticut, and services all of Connecticut and Westchester County. You can call toll free at 1-800-394-2268.

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