Originally intended to store oil for fuel and heating, oil tanks have become a danger to the environment, your health and your property. Many tanks are still around after being installed between the 1930s and the 1980s before safety regulations were created. Here’s why you should have yours removed as soon as possible.
It is important to note that you should never try to remove an oil tank by yourself. Always consult a fuel oil tank removal company Ulster County NY to obtain proper permits and have it removed safely.
Most oil tanks were constructed using bare steel, which is vulnerable to rusting and corrosion. This damage causes leaks, spreading dangerous oil into the ground, air and bodies of water. Signs of spilling include a strange odor, bad tasting water and dead plants or stains near the tank. If you suspect a leak, you should call an expert immediately to get your tank removed.
Oil gives off toxic fumes that can cause illness if inhaled. Symptoms include headaches, nausea and dizziness. Long-term exposure to oil pollution can cause organ damage.
Liquid leaking into the soil can make that area uninhabitable for vegetation and wildlife. The grass and other plants near the tank will die after exposure. Plants that do survive will contain trace amounts of this pollution. This reduces the amount of food available for humans and animals and can cause health problems if poisoned vegetation is consumed.
Oil that has leached into the soil may contaminate drinking water and nearby bodies of water. If this happens, the water will have an odd flavor. Ingesting contaminated water can cause an upset stomach. Continuing to drink compromised liquids could result in serious health problems, such as cancer.
The risks of leaving an oil tank in place make the decision to remove it an easy one. If you have a tank on your property, you should consult a professional and get it removed as soon as possible.