Did you know that Oil Tanks below ground have a service life of approximately 15 to 20 years? As such, over time they have corroded and began to leak. Because every municipality has varying rules and regulations surrounding the testing of soil, it is important to understand why testing the soil is important during Oil Tank Removal in North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam and other areas:
A: In most circumstances, the current owner of a property is usually responsible for the removal of any Oil Tanks. As such, when a perspective purchaser of a property obtains documentation (a certificate) to show the Oil Tank was removed at one time, many purchasers may find it difficult to obtain or finalize a mortgage from lenders and banks without providing an environmental report or assessment.
Many financial or lending institutions may ask a prospective property purchaser for:
Generally, in most instances, financial or lending institutions may not accept soil testing or reporting from the Oil Tank contractor. Instead, they usually require a report from a third party environmental consulting firm or engineer.
A: Unfortunately, regulations regarding soil testing in each municipality varies. For example, the City of Vancouver requires that five soil samples be taken by a certified environmental professional while the District of North Vancouver requires no testing and reporting.
A: Possibly. If you remove an Oil Tank and do not perform any soil testing, it could have major implications in the future. In many instances, homeowners will contact West Coast Tank Recovery and say “The other company that provided a quote said that if the soil looks clean when the Oil Tank is removed, we can just fill it back in. Soil testing isn’t necessary!”
A: Oil Tanks have four sides and a bottom, or a base. Taking only one sample will not provide a complete assessment.
A: In many cases, in the City of Vancouver for example, the Oil tank contractor is not allowed to take their own samples. In many municipalities, it is completely non-regulated. It is best practice to utilize third-party soil testing experts that are licensed, trained and certified in testing soil. Oil Tank companies generally are not certified to provide written reports or test soil. If a company offers to take their own Soil Samples, ask for their credentials and certification! If the soil below your Oil Tank is determined to be contaminated, it is extremely important to have third party between the Oil Tank company (the excavation firm) and the homeowner.
We are licensed, bonded, & insured and a trusted name in the industry. Whether you are looking at having any type of oil tank removed from your property, seeking a soil testing consultation, or need an assessment certifying your property to be oil-tank-free, we can help.
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