With environmental laws and regulations constantly changing and become more stringent, older oil tanks can begin to become a burden. If you are using an older oil tank with your oil burning furnace or you have switched to another form of heat, and have an oil tank that is not currently being used, now is a great time to dispose of oil tank or replace it.

If your oil tank is in the basement, there are several factors that you will need to consider.

1. Review any laws regarding how to remove oil tank, and look for a reputable, licensed Environmental Contractor to do the job.

2. An old oil tank can eventually rust or leak and the damage it can cause can cost a considerable amount of money. Checking the integrity is the first step to deciding if you need to remove oil tank basement before a serious or dangerous problem presents itself.

3. It is important to contact a company that is not only licensed, but has done this particular type of job in the past. Ask if the contractor has the experience and knowledge of how to remove oil tank from basement. There may be problems that only an experienced company is familiar with that can save you money in the long run. Stairways may need to be widened and steps may need to be reinforced in order to remove the oil tank from the basement.

4. If you are replacing an old oil tank with a new one, it may be wise to consider placing the new tank above ground to avoid any future problems. Remember: the cost to remove oil tank that is above ground is always going to be substantially lower than the cost to remove oil tank in basement. While an above ground oil tank may not be aesthetically pleasing, the cost to repair or remove oil tank from ground and to clean up any leaks that might occur can be astronomical compared to having to look at an above ground tank.

5. New, above ground oil tanks do not have to look like those old, rusted tanks we see all the time; new tanks can be either made of stainless steel that will not rust or even plastic, that will have an entirely different look than the older styles.

Putting off the project because of the expense may cost you more in the long run; as laws and regulations change, the procedures to legally remove and dispose of old oil tanks will only increase and become more complicated as time goes by.  Do not leave yourself open for possible violations of current or future environmental regulations. If you have any concerns about the condition or need to dispose of an old oil tank, call a licensed Environmental Contractor such as ANCO Environmental Services, in New Jersey, today. ANCO can answer any question you may have and provide you with a reasonable and realistic quote. It takes an expert to provide you with the information you need to make a well informed decision.