December 7, 2023

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5 Reasons Why a Home Oil Tank Sweep Is Important

Most people do not realize their home could have a hidden oil tank. However, it is better to find out before it is too late, so an oil tank sweep is essential.

Have you noticed mysterious pipes in your home, such as in your basement? Or is there an oil smell or discolored soil in your yard? Sometimes, there are clues there is an underground home oil tank, whereas other times, it can go undetected until it is too late.

Read on to learn five reasons an oil tank sweep is so important. 

1. Harmful for the Environment

An oil storage tank was used by people who heated homes with oil throughout the 20th century as an alternative to electricity and gas. Homes with an oil tanker were most common in the Northeastern states. However, over time problems arose that meant oil tanks were no longer used.

One of the most significant risks of an undetected oil tank is its threat to the environment. Leaks can contaminate water supplies, kill the roots of the trees, and damage soil. Oil leaking is also harmful to animals and flora near your home. 

2. Home Damage

When soil gets saturated with oil, it can begin to cause sinkage and other issues for the foundations of your home. It does not stop at the exterior of your home either. It can make its way inside your home and damage floorboards and other structural home elements. 

Often, oil leaks go undetected until there is irreversible damage. The cost of damage can quickly become extremely expensive if the oil tanker is not identified as the cause.

3. Yard Damage 

Leaks can also cause visible and interior damage to your yard too. Say goodbye to your well-maintained garden and flora. If the oil tank is near your driveway, there is also a risk it could damage your car. 

4. Costly Consequences

It is not just the expensive consequences of damage to your home and yard you have to worry about. You could also be liable for damage to neighbors’ properties or contamination of their water. 

In states such as New Jersey, you need to complete an oil tank sweep before selling your home. And if you buy a house and do not carry out an inspection, you will have to pay to remove the oil tank, which is expensive. 

5. Fire Hazard

An oil storage tank can also pose a fire risk for your home under certain conditions. There have also been incidences where there have been explosions. Schedule a GPR tank sweep to quickly and efficiently identify if you have an oil tank.   

Schedule an Oil Tank Sweep

It is essential to check if you have an oil tank at your home, whether you are selling a home, buying a home, or just to ensure your home is safe. Nowadays, oil tank sweep technology allows inspections to be non-destructive, safe, and fast. Invest now to save your house, wallet, and health in the long run with an oil tank sweep. 

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