Oil Tank Removal
Pacific Group Developments is an oil tank removal company that is locally owned and operated; servicing Victoria, Duncan and Nanaimo BC.
At Pacific Group Developments our technicians specialize in residential and commercial,buried and above ground oil tank recovery and replacement.
We practice environmentally aware procedures ensuring a safe and contained work area. Pacific Group Developments also specializes in soil remediation to assist our clients in the most cost effective ways.
We are covered by Worksafe BC and are insured to give you peace of mind.
Home heating oil is a hazardous substance. The average home may be storing up to 250 gallons (1,100 litres) of oil above ground in a metal tank or buried in the yard. These tanks will all leak eventually and will need removal. Take preventative action before a leak occurs and prevent contamination.
How Oil Tanks Leak
Underground tanks will rust through in as little as 15 years. They can begin to leak and slowly contaminate your property without your knowledge. The oil can also suddenly break through and quickly drain into the ground. Either way, leaking oil is a disaster and the tank needs to be removed.
As well as rusting through from the outside, oil tanks are also being corroded from the inside out. The corrosion is caused by small quantities of water and other chemicals which have settled to the bottom of the oil tank. This process will affect underground oil tanks, above ground oil tanks and oil tanks in basements in the same way.
It is almost impossible to determine how much corrosion damage has been done to an oil tank or how much longer it will last until removal.
Damage Caused By a Leaking Oil Tank
Leaking oil contaminates everything it comes into contact with, including the soil, the ground water, basements, crawl spaces and the natural environment. Heating oil is very pervasive and will soak into all porous substances, including concrete. It has a very strong odour which can be offensive to many people.
The Legal Consequences Of An Oil Spill
Heating oil is a dangerous substance. If it escapes from your premises, you are considered negligent. You will be held strictly liable at law for any damages done to the property of others.
You are considered responsible for the leaking oil even if:
- You were not home at the time the oil escaped
- The home is rented to others and you do not live on the premises,
- The oil leaks at an imperceptible rate over a long period of time,
- The oil tank is underground and you are unaware that it is leaking,
- The leak occurs as a result of damage done during an earthquake.
Every oil spill of leakage MUST be reported to the Ministry of the Environment (M.O.E.). The M.O.E. is empowered to take immediate action to start clean up operations. You might not have a say in how the clean up is done and you will be expected to pay for the cost of the clean up. Some clean ups have costs over $100,000.00.
Typical clean up operations include:
- Excavation and removal of soil from contaminated properties.
- Ditching and trenching to create containment areas.
- Replacement of contaminated soil with clean soil.
- Temporarily vacating the premises.
Heating oil has a half-life of 200 days. It will break down naturally over time and under some conditions the natural processes are all that is required to satisfactorily clean up the spilled oil. The natural process can be accelerated by aerating and fertilizing the soil, or introducing specially developed oil consuming bacteria to the contaminated site.
Your home insurance policy EXCLUDES losses caused by contamination and damage done, by whatever cause, to the ground on your premises.
How To Prevent An Oil Leak
- Removal of an underground tank and replacement with an above ground tank, especially if it is more than 10 years old.
- If you have an above ground tank that is more than 10 years old, check it regularly for signs of leakage and make arrangements to have it replaced BEFORE it leaks.
- NEVER replace your existing tank with a used one or a “rebuilt” one to save a few dollars.
- Have your new tank secured to prevent rupture during an earthquake.
- Consider installing a back-up containment unit.