Originally Posted By: amarcozzi
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I need an information:
Two months ago, I did an inspection to a 90 years old house. Inspecting all the exterior I discovered an oil tank (250 ga.) above ground at the rear of the property.
The tank was in good condition. the exposed oil line tubing (approx. 10")going thought the basement wall also was in good conditions. That I reported in my report.
Looking around the house yard and basement walls I didn’t see any evidence of oil pipes protruding either in the ground or wall.
Yesterday the client call me and told me that i have missed an underground oil tank and now I have to pay for the removal, hoping the soil is not contaminated.
I went back to the site to see where the tank is buried.
The tank is buried next the house foundation wall, 2 or 3 railroad ties with mulch on it, serving as flower area, camouflage the tank.
An 1" vent pipe protruded approximately 8" above the mulch, 3 bricks each side the 1" vent pipe(6 brick in total)hided this pipe, perhaps to protect it.
When I perform inspection specially for an old house, I always look for at least 1 1/2" or 2" pipe sticking out, not 1".
Now the client want to me to pay for it. I told him that if it is my fault I will pay.
What you guys think ???