Prepare for your tank removal project. You will need a Sawzall, tarp, floor runner through home for protection to the outside door, Contractor’s trash bags, and kitty litter.
Use up as much oil as you can naturally.
Learn How To Remove Oil Tank From Basement
Put that tarp down under and around the basement tank. Disconnect oil line. Drain any remaining from oil valve on bottom of tank. . Put container under oil tank valve where you just removed line and drain off remaining oil.
Use a Sawzall with metal blades and high speed to cut vent and fill lines. Lean the tank over onto the tarp. Proceed to cut tank into several pieces that can be carried out of basement. The sawzall will not spark any type of fire with the oil residue. Our company has removed thousands of tanks this way, but we always try to see if we can safely lift and remove the basement oil tank out of the basement first in one piece. *NOTE* be sure to remove the old vent and fill pipes sticking out to the outside and fill holes with a waterproof sealer. The last thing youÂ want is someone trying to fill a tank that is not there. WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES. Get a 10lb. bag of kitty litter to put in tank and absorb any oil and dispose in a contractor’s trash bag. Take tank to a authorized scrap metal yard. Take unused oil and trash bags filled with kitty liter soaked with oil to a certified oil recovery station.
Home owners insurance does not cover oil spills or replace damaged property unless you have a special pollution insurance plan!
NOTE: We always recommend having a professional with pollution insurance and workers compensation insurance who will give you a certificate that your tank was disposed of meeting EPA requirements.