Tank Sweeps - An Integrall Part of a Home Inspection

Real Estate Agent with Diane Turton Realtors

When the time comes to perform an inspection of the property you are  buying, don't overlook the tank sweep.

Homebuyers will often order a structural inspection, a termite inspection, and a radon inspection, too.  It is always a good idea to perform a tank sweep, checking for any underground oil tanks. 

Some municipalities will allow a seller to fill and legally abandon a tank.  The problem is if there was a leak before the tank was filled, the soil could be contaminated, and remediation can be very expensive.   

It's best to find a tank when someone else owns the property and make them responsible for pulling it out, having the soil tested and issuing you, the buyer, a clear soil certification.




Comments (1)

Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

No....you are right...you do need to address this.  To just fill and abandon it isn't right.  A sweep it pertinent and relevant always!

Apr 02, 2012 12:59 PM