Oil tank in Crawlspace


I just found a oil tank in crawlspace in Georgina, Ontario area. The oil tank was not in use, I believe they changed from oil to gas furnace now. I am wondering that the oil tank must be remove or not. How do you write it up.

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From personal experience REMOVE IT
Hurricane Sandy last yr destroyed my friends house completely. Not because water or fire But Oil damage. Abandoned oil tank in his crawlspace when he bought house 10 yrs ago. His inspector told him - either leave it or pay to get removed. Of course like 99% of people , he didnt pay for removal. Fast forward to the storm. Storm waters toppled the tank and it had about 100 gallons in it from past owner. The oil saturated his entire subfloor and joist but worse the block foundation. House was condemned. 1 yr later. Aka today. He is still living in a trailer ifo his knocked down house hoping to start building new one in the spring. He wants to kill his inspector cause he feels he shouldve been told to remove it. Dont put yourself or client in this position Learn from my friends devastating mistake

I instruct every client to remove any abandoned oil tank, weather its in a basement, crawlspace, outside, or buried. Some home insurance companies will require it as well.

Please remind people that there could be a lot of fumes in an abandoned tank .
I new a guy who hurt badly using a saws all and it exploded .

good point, but I never tell them how to do it, just to do it.

I too do not tell them how to do it but If I think like this tank they need to be reminded how serious it can be .

That post also gave a lot of homies like you some very important info.

yes sir, good topic.

It almost looks like an old galvanized water pressure tank:


It does indeed and it looks like a new one behind the old one;-)

I knew someone wouldn’t miss that…:smiley:

My hearing is not so good anymore but there is just no demand for a blind inspector. My eyes are just fine thank you;-):D:mrgreen:

Sounds like your friend is a dumb *****. He made the choice, and a natural disaster damaged his home. But, its the inspectors fault. :roll:
Tell your friend I personally said he is a buttwipe and he made the personal decision to keep it.
Its no ones responsibility except his own. This is what makes our job difficult. The inspector did his job, and inform the client it was present. What if the tank was still being use??? His fault then still??

Thank your friend for all the NACHI members who are reminded how serious an oil spill can be.

Get the tank gone please now!!!

Charley, you stated your friend “wanted to kill the inspector”…why? The inspector recommended the tank be removed and the client decided not to remove it?

I bet the guy is under 35 yrs old. It’s always someone else’s fault…

Me thinks ya have me confused with some one in Tenn;-)

Sorry Charlie! :|.) I stand corrected, I meant Christoper.

I guess that means the cow is eating the cabbage :smiley:

Naw your good;-)

Thank you, Charley, but you may re-tract after reading this ,http://www.nachi.org/forum/f13/xmas-lights-curse-post-your-injuries-problems-86815/#post1115474 post #3.

I was thinking while I was writing “I bet Charley would be disappointed”…:mrgreen:

No a person just needs to work at over coming the fear. I got hung up in a tight crawl several years back long distance between a rectangular duct and a stem wall 20 feet or more and when I got to the end it got even tighter had to put my feet against the floor joist and push my body into this small area trying to get to the plumbing on a bathroom. Guess what the chase was dead ended had to wiggle around and go back the same way I came in I Hyper ventilated with sweat just pouring from my face. Took months for me to get over that sick feeling in my stomach every time I had a tight crawl.

Ether remove it or leave it there. If it’s not removed, have it properly decommissioned with documentation.