A leaky fuel storage tank can become a real mess and an expensive environmental hazard. Whether you have an under- or aboveground fuel tank, Bantam Fuel is a licensed replacement specialist. We have the expertise to test your tank and replace it with a modern, clean system that fits your needs.
Oil Tank Replacement
Oil tanks don't last forever. Basement tanks slowly corrode and eventually begin to drip. So do underground tanks, but you can't see it. If your basement tank is more than about 20 years old, it's time to test it. If your underground tank is that old, it's time to consider replacing it.
We have the skills and equipment to test your basement oil tank to see how much life it has left. The 15-minute test begins with a visual inspection for obvious leaks and signs of weakness. Then, we perform an ultrasonic test to determine how much corrosion is inside the tank. When the test is complete, you get a clear report you can trust.
If we find that you need a new tank, we'll talk with you about the best system for you and give you a thorough written proposal. We’ll even include transferring the clean oil from your old tank to the new one, so you don't lose your investment. And, we’ll recycle the unusable oil and the old tank in an environmentally friendly way.
Installing New Basement Tanks
We can install a new tank (or tanks) in your basement easily, because they're small enough to fit through standard doorways. With proper installation, oil tanks usually fit neatly into a corner. We seal them airtight and pipe them to the outside of your home. You should never smell oil. We can even install double-walled tanks to guarantee you'll never spill a single drop.
Replacing Underground Fuel Tanks
A leaky underground storage tank can present a significant environmental hazard and detract from the resale value of your home. Underground tanks leak more often than most people think, and there are usually no outward signs of a problem. (Read “Six Myths About Underground Oil Tanks”)
Trust Bantam Fuel for safe, certified Underground Tank Replacement.
We have the expertise to remove your underground tank and a replace it with a modern, clean basement fuel storage system that fits your needs. Here’s what Bantam Fuel’s Tank Replacement Program provides:
- A complete tank inspection and site survey.
- A written proposal that outlines everything involved, including financing options.
- Excavation and removal of your old underground tank.
- A soil test for contamination. If the test comes back clean, we’ll fill the hole with clean dirt, put down fresh topsoil, and seed the area. If your tank has leaked, we’ll legally dispose of the contaminated soil and re-test to confirm that your property is clean.
- Installation of a new, clean basement tank. We’ll seal it so it’s airtight and pipe it to the outside of your home.
- Transfer of any clean oil from your old tank to your new tank. If there’s sludge in your old tank, we’ll remove it and dispose of it as waste oil.
- Clear, detailed legal documentation of the tank removal and soil tests.
We’ve removed hundreds of underground oil tanks for customers – customers who now enjoy higher property values and peace of mind. If you’d like to discuss tank testing and/or replacement, call 860.567.9431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Six Myths About Underground Oil Tanks
#1: “A leaking oil tank will always have dead plants and grass above it.”
We have excavated many leaky tanks that were buried beneath lush, green grass and bushes!
#2: “A leaking tank will use more oil than it used to.”
When most tanks begin to leak, it’s through an opening the size of a pinhole. A pinhole leak can allow just a few gallons of fuel to seep into the surrounding soil each year. Ten gallons of oil, leaked over 4 or 5 years, can contaminate quite a lot of soil, but you wouldn’t notice a ten-gallon difference in a household using 1,000 gallons of fuel/yr.
#3: “Underground tanks leak only rarely: It’s all a bunch of media hype.”
The fact is, almost 50% of the underground tanks we take out are “leakers” (compared with only about 25% ten years ago).
#4: “A new tank will never fit through the door, and there’s no room for it in my basement.”
Basement tanks come in all shapes and sizes, including shapes specifically designed to fit through doorways and down stairs! Once installed, they take up only two feet of space against an outside wall, and they still give you plenty of storage capacity.
#5: “Oil tanks in the basement smell strongly of oil, especially when a delivery is made.”
The truth is that no basement tank should ever smell like oil, even during a delivery. Even old tanks can be cleaned up, and the pipes can be tightened up, so that there is never a whiff of oil.
#6: “Since there is no basement in my house, I’m stuck with my old, buried tank.”
You have three choices: 1) Install a tank outdoors, behind the house in some discreet location; 2) bury a new, corrosion-resistant tank with a 30-year warranty (there’s no rule that says you can’t bury a tank; it’s an old, rusting one you need to worry about); or 3) convert your oil furnace to propane, which is more flexible when it comes to tank location.