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An Overview of Oil Tank Removals: An Interview with Scott Rumplik of Ground Breakers Services

By Scott Rumplik

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Ground Breakers Services is a family-owned business that was founded in 2001 as a small excavation company. We have expanded to include over 140 roll-off dumpsters, three CDL trucks, several small trucks and numerous pieces of equipment. Our company has been the area's preferred choice for excavation and demolition services. As an added bonus, we offer affordable dumpster rentals and we remove oil tanks. We are fully licensed and insured. We are members of the Home Builders Association as well as the Better business Bureau.

What are a few reasons why a homeowner would need to remove an oil tank?

State law requires that you remove an underground oil tank when selling your home. Also any oil tank, underground or basement, should be removed if leaking or not in use. Many people remove oil tanks when changing to other forms of heating such as gas.

Please walk our readers through the general steps required to have an oil tank removed.

For basement oil tanks, once you give us a call we can set up an appointment to come and remove the tank. We will obtain permit from fire department prior to that appointment. On that day we will start by pumping any remaining oil from the tank and disposing of it properly. Next we remove the vent and fill pipes that go through the wall. Then we remove the tank and take it to a licensed recycling facility. Finally we will patch the holes in the walls.

For an underground tank, give us a call and we can set up an appointment to come and remove your tank. We will obtain the permit from the fire department and call dig safe prior to the appointment. We begin by digging around to expose the tank, and then we pump out the remaining oil. Next we will remove the pipes. At this point we need to call the fire department and have a representative there while we remove the tank. We will also put dry ice into the tank as is required. Once the tank is removed we will bring it to a licensed tank disposal yard. Finally we will fill in the hole and patch the holes in the wall where the pipes went through.

How long does a typical oil tank removal take?

It usually takes us between half a day to a full day to remove an oil tank.

What is a common issue you face when pulling an oil tank?

The biggest issue that arises is when an underground oil tank has been leaking for some time and has contaminated the ground around it. Unfortunately there isn't anything you can do at this point. If the fire department determines the tank has been leaking they will notify the DEP (Department of Environmental protection) to perform a soil test.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you?

Our website:

Our phone number : (413)566-2250

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Scott Rumplik is Vice President at Ground Breakers Services.

Phone: 413-566-2250

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