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Old 02-02-2010, 05:03 AM   #1
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Home heating oil tanks

Hey everyone,
I am in the market to buy another house, one I looked at had the oil tank outside.
I was a bit uncomfortable with that since it was not covered, but I also thought it has been out here since the house was built so how bad can it be.
Does anyone know what the regulations are pertaining to oil tanks being outside?
I don't know if the Bank would say it has to be addressed, before or after the sale.
The tank is is otherwise good shape, it is on a concrete slab, and the oil lines are above the tank.
The tank is also a 1/4 full and the heating system is 4 years old, so I would think they put anti gel in the oil tank to avoid gelling.
Now this is not a house I must buy, for what I am approved for anything I buy would need cosmetics like this one.
The house is in a nice area has a lot of new features so if I look past the oil tank and the fact it needs a good cleaning and some paint, it's not a bad house. Thanks

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Old 02-02-2010, 07:46 AM   #2
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i don't know what it is like up your way, but in NJ people are actually having theirs dug up and put above the ground. my in-laws did this recently and my oil tank is above ground too. if your oil tank is underground and it starts so leak, it becomes an EPA issue and not only needs to be removed, but all of the surrounding soil needs to be removed as well usually many, many tons. then, b/c the soil is considered hazardous material you have to pay for "special" disposal. this process can cost anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000 out of YOUR pocket, not your homeowners. one of my in-laws neighbors had this happen to them, so my in-laws decided to have theirs removed and put above the ground, so that leaks and problems can be caught before it is a massive problem. i think to do it like my in-laws did, it costs $2,000 rather than tens of thousands. the tank at my house is about 60 years old and i think the tank has been there since the house was built. it looks like brand new. if it becomes an eye sore you can paint it.

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Old 02-02-2010, 12:29 PM   #3
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i don't know what it is like up your way, but in NJ people are actually having theirs dug up and put above the ground. my in-laws did this recently and my oil tank is above ground too. if your oil tank is underground and it starts so leak, it becomes an EPA issue and not only needs to be removed, but all of the surrounding soil needs to be removed as well usually many, many tons. then, b/c the soil is considered hazardous material you have to pay for "special" disposal. this process can cost anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000 out of YOUR pocket, not your homeowners. one of my in-laws neighbors had this happen to them, so my in-laws decided to have theirs removed and put above the ground, so that leaks and problems can be caught before it is a massive problem. i think to do it like my in-laws did, it costs $2,000 rather than tens of thousands. the tank at my house is about 60 years old and i think the tank has been there since the house was built. it looks like brand new. if it becomes an eye sore you can paint it.


Thanks jg, I would never buy a house with an underground oil tank, this one is above ground.
I did corner a plumber when I was in Home Depot, and he said above ground tanks can be left outside. But the oil lines cannot be underground, for the same reason you described about tanks underground.
The EPA is very strict with the new laws today, the last I looked the lines on the tank are on top. I guess if I am serious about putting in an offer I wll have a second look and make sure they are going inside the house.
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