Do you have a fuel tank on your property to help get you through the long winter months? If so, do you know its condition, or the last time it was inspected?
If you’re struggling to remember the date of its last inspection, then the safe bet is to assume that it’s time, and give us a call today. Petroleum tank inspection in Gainesville, VA is one of the many services we provide and we’d be happy to take care of it for you. After all, it costs a lot of money to fill that tank, and if it’s leaking, that’s money down the drain, not to mention the fact that it’s creating an environmental hazard that will inevitably impact the health of your family.
There’s great peace of mind in knowing that your tank is in good working order, which is why we recommend having an annual petroleum tank inspection on your Gainesville, VA property. In addition, it just makes financial sense to have an inspection done before you spend hundreds of dollars to fill it so you’re not seeing your hard-earned dollars simply leach into the ground.
Note that while many home fuel storage tanks are aboveground, a significant percentage are below ground, so if you’ve recently purchased an older home, you may not even realize you’ve got a tank. If you’re not sure, we’re happy to come out and perform an underground storage tank survey on your property for free.
Then, if we find one, we’ll offer to inspect it for a modest fee. The inspection process includes checking the tank for the presence of water and excavating a small bore beside the tank which we can use to check for the presence of petroleum vapors. In addition to that, we’ll take soil samples and have them analyzed at a certified lab to check for petroleum contamination which will tell us whether or not the tank is leaking.
Assuming there are no leaks, our recommendations are as follows:
1) Continue having your tank inspected on an annual basis
2) Allow us to install a small monitoring pipe beside the tank
3) Check your fuel filters for water twice a year
4) Keep your tank topped off year-round to reduce the risk of condensation
5) Keep detailed records of your fuel purchases and use
6) And call us immediately if you begin detecting fuel odors
If your tank is leaking, state law requires its removal and in addition to performing petroleum tank inspection in Gainesville, VA, removal and remediation is another of the many services we provide.
It doesn’t pay to take any chances where the fuel tank on your property is concerned and annual inspections are the best way to mitigate your risk. When it’s time, just give our office a call and we’ll come take care of it for you.