How Much Does Oil Tank Removal Cost?
Above Ground Oil Tank Removal Rhode Island, Massachusetts & Connecticut.
How Much Does Oil Tank Removal Cost?
The average Oil Tank Removal Cost can be anywhere from $400 to $2,500 depending on a variety of factors. This price is specifically referring to above ground standard 275-gallon oil tank removal
As you can probably tell, oil tank removal can be pretty expensive under certain circumstances. To determine exactly what the cost to remove your oil tank will be. First, you will have to determine the extent of the work that will need to be done.
Are You Converting From Oil Heat to Natural Gas?
If you are converting your heating system from heating oil to natural gas, your oil tank removal fees will be significantly higher than a simple removal.
Depending on the time of year you’re planning on doing the conversion/removal, you may need a seamless removal/install to avoid being without heat/hot water. This is why most homeowners tend to have the company doing the conversion remove the oil tank.
You would think that having the same company do both jobs would give you a break on the price. However, only on rare occasions will that be the case. The companies that are doing the oil to gas conversion are licensed, boiler technician and HVAC professionals. Their profession is much cleaner and higher paying than a simple oil tank removal.
Removing an oil tank is, for lack of a better term, considered to be an undesirable job. If they are going to get dirty, they’re going to make sure that you pay for it.
Is there Oil in the Tank?
It would almost go without saying that removing an oil tank without oil would be more expensive than removing an oil tank with oil. The reason for this is pretty straight forward. The majority of oil tanks that are removed from basements have been sitting, out of use for some time. The oil has also been sitting.
Although in many cases the oil can still be used. The average homeowner or oil company just simply isn’t going to want to take a chance with it. Therefore, the only option left would be to dispose of it in accordance with state law. Which can get expensive.
Is Your Oil Tank Leaking?
A leaking oil tank will almost always be more expensive than one that is structurally sound. An oil tank that is known to be leaking will have to be dealt with differently than a normal tank. To ensure no further damage is done to the property.
It should be noted that a leaking oil tank is considered to be an emergency situation. You should never let your tank sit with a known leak.
REMEMBER: Oil Tanks Leak From The Inside Out. If You Start To See A Hole On The Outside Or Rotting, Don’t Wait Until You Have A Disaster On Your Hands.
Is Your Oil Tank Accessible?
If you have an oil tank in your basement you know its not exactly a sight for sore eyes. So it is no wonder that many homeowners decide they’d rather it be out of sight, out of mind.
In doing so, they build a wall around the oil tank to make it….disappear. To be honest, I have found some pretty clever contraptions that were built around oil tanks to “reclaim” space. God knows nobody wants to be reminded of the giant oblong-liability they have sitting in the basement every time they go down to the laundry.
While enclosing your oil tank may be great aesthetically, it is a major obstacle to oil tank removal. In addition, it will directly inflate the oil tank removal cost. The reason being, before any work can be done on the tank, the wall/obstruction will need to be removed or demolished. Some companies will be more than happy to include the demo in the quote, while others will insist you hire an entirely different crew.
It would be my suggestion that you never build anything around your oil tank if you reasonably suspect that you will be living there when the tank will need to be swapped out or removed.
Is The Tank Disconnected From The Boiler?
In most states, it is a law that your oil tank needs to be disconnected from the oil burner by a licensed oil burner technician. Disconnecting an oil tank may seem pretty straight forward however it is best left to professionals. There is an entire list of things that can go wrong. The majority of which involve an oil leak.
How To Tell If You Oil Tank Has Been Disconnected From Your Oil Burner?
In most cases, your oil tank will have been disconnected from the oil burner at the time the oil tank was decommissioned. You can easily check if this is the case by following the copper line that leads out of the oil filter. The filter will either be located underneath the oil tank or at the bottom depending on the type of tank you have.
When you have located the filter, follow that copper line that is coming out of (that is the oil line that feeds oil into the oil burner) the filter all the way to the oil burner. The oil line can be run in one of two ways:
- The line may come directly out of the filter and go beneath the concrete surface of your basement floor. This is usually the case when the oil tank is installed at the time the house was built. If this is the case, simply go to the oil burner (boiler) and try to see if you can see that same copper line running into the front of the boiler. If you can see the line connected, then obviously the oil tank is still connected.
If either the line is disconnected and just sitting there, or there is not line at all. You are probably in the clear. If you are unsure it is best that you ask a professional.
- The alternative to burying the oil line would be snaking it around the basement to the oil burner. Note: you may notice that your oil line is covered by orange or blue protective plastic. This is added to protect the integrity of the oil line and ensure that it is not punctured by a foreign object in its environment. Follow the line to your boiler and you’ll have your answer.
Do You Have A Bulkhead/Walkout Basement?
Another factor that can significantly influence the price of your oil tank removal will be whether or not it will have to be carried through your house. The majority of companies are going to charge you more if you don’t have a bulkhead. Removing an oil tank without a bulkhead will be significantly more challenging for obvious reasons.
If you have a bulkhead the removal if fairly straightforward. Without a bulkhead, the tank will need to be cut into smaller pieces to ensure safe passage through your home. In addition to having to cut the tank into smaller pieces, more precautions will need to be taken to protect a larger area of your home. Thus making the job more time consuming and more expensive.
That being said, I am going to give you a Pro Tip. I simply cannot stand when I hear companies charging customers more because they have to “cut the tank”. This is simply a scam and a ploy to upcharge you. They are going to cut the tank regardless. They are simply charging you more because it’s a little harder for them.
The reason I say this is because ALL OIL TANKS NEED TO BE CUT TO BE DISPOSED OF. You cannot legally dispose of an oil tank in one piece. To properly dispose of an oil tank it needs to be cut up. In addition, the oil tank needs to be properly cleaned of all oil, hazardous sludge material and residue before disposal.
Now that I’ve gone through all of the different obstacles that may influence how much oil tank removal cost it’s time to get to the good news.
While oil tank removal costs can vary from state to state or from one company to the next. If you’re located in Rhode Island, Massachusetts or Connecticut Neat, Efficient and Affordable Oil Tank Removal Services are only a phone call away.
Jacobs Property Solutions Oil tank Removal provides Satisfaction Guaranteed Above Ground Oil Tank Removal services. We offer flat rate Oil Tank and Boiler Removal Services.
There are a few key differences between Jacobs Property Solutions and everyone else.
- Flat Rate Service – Our prices don’t change because we have to work a little harder. Oil Tank Removal Cost will be nearly half what our competitors charge
- Satisfaction Guaranteed Service – You don’t pay anything until the job is complete and you’re happy with the services rendered.
- All 5-Star Reviews
- No Extra charge if there is oil in the tank or if you don’t have a bulkhead
- Most appointments will be scheduled in 72 hours or less. Most jobs take 90 mins or less
Oil tank removal can be a very dangerous and dirty job and is best left to professionals. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your oil tank or if you think you may have a leak call a professional immediately.
If you’re in the Rhode Island, Massachusetts or Connecticut area call Jacobs Property Solutions Oil Tank Removal for immediate service and a FREE Estimate.