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A client asked me this question, so I am sharing with others my response.
I am assuming you are referring to the expected "working" life and/or environmental issues of having a buried tank in your yard.
Most underground residential heating oil storage tanks were installed before 1970, so by now they are at least 40 years old. Based on surveys conducted by Pollard Environmental about 70% of in-use tanks and about 80% of out-of-use tanks leak into the ground.
What are the risks? Risks are to human health, if ingested or inhaled (gasoline is higher than heating oil) and to property, these are environmental cleanup in compliance with State Water Control Law rules, aesthetic damage, impact on well - sump or basement, structural damage if under foundation, third-party lawsuits, insurance claims.
There's basically two big groups of laws that apply to underground storage tanks; State Water Control Law (SWCL) and Building / Fire Codes. The first is concerned with leaking tanks, the second applies to abandoned and or leaking tanks.
A tank that is NOT LEAKING AND IN USE is in compliance of both laws.
So what happens if it is leaking? You MUST report it to VDEQ (in Virginia). Corrective action should be performed to protect the human health and the environment.
Who is responsible? The owner of the tank at the time of the reported accident to VDEQ. Which basically means, if you buy the house and the owner did not know of any leaks and if someone reports of an incident then the new owner is the responsible one. Caveat, you could investigate if the previous owner "should have known" of such a leak.
Building Code issue 2007 IFC. If there's an Out-of-use (over a year) tank in the yard, this must be emptied of all petroleum and either removed or filled with approved inert solid (usually cement)
How do I know if it is leaking? Some people think that the presence of water in the tank is the only evidence, actually it may not have substantial water in it and still be leaking. Look at the oil bills, if there's excessive usage it indicates heavy leakage.
What do you recommend?
Option 1: Have it inspected by an experienced professional with professional liability insurance -you need to know what you are doing-. These inspections cost about the same as a home inspection and can give you some peace of mind.
Option 2: If it is really old and it is not leaking (yet) plan in replacing it with either a new one or better yet another source such as gas.
There's several companies out there that can test these tanks, but only use the ones with proven experience. Pollard Environmental is one of them.
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