Home Heating Oil Tanks: Cleanup & Removal

Do you know if you have a heating oil tank? If your home was built before 1980 or in a rural area, your property may have a underground storage tank (UST) that was used for heating oil storage before the home was converted to natural gas or electric heat sources.
Neither the federal government nor Washington State regulates the use or operation of residential heating oil tanks. However, city or county fire codes often do, like Section 5704.2.13 of Seattle’s Fire Code, requires that tanks and piping serving heating oil tanks which have been out of service for a period of one year or more be removed from the ground or abandoned in place. For more information on heating-oil tanks, click on the PLIA link and select the “Heating Oil Fact Sheet for more information.
We are an approved service provider with the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA) to assist with soil and groundwater contamination cleanup. We are well versed in negotiating PLIAs Heating-oil Technical Assistance Program (HOTAP), insurance companies, and the regulatory requirements involved in handling tank closures and cleanups. Our experience allows us to be cost effective and efficient in remediating heating-oil contamination and assisting home and business owners who find themselves having to deal with a release from their heating-oil tank.

Our services include tank:

  • Records review
  • Locating
  • Assessment (leaking)
  • Removal / decommissioning / replacement
  • Soil and/or groundwater testing (site characterization)
  • Cleanup / remediation

So you can make an informed decision, call us before converting your heating system from heating oil to gas or electric. We recommend this because you only have 30-days to make a claim with PLIA if you have previously registered for insurance coverage. If you are not sure you have coverage with PLIA, gives a call and we can help you find out, or just click on the PLIA link  to find out more information and Frequently Asked Questions.

A leaking heating-oil tank can be a challenging and expensive matter for a home or business owner to deal with and Bluestone is here to help. Often, the life expectance of a heating-oil tank is 30 years, so removal of your heating-oil tank is something to put on the priority list. While Washington State does not regulate the operation of heating-oil tanks, it does regulate heating-oil releases that may contaminate soil or groundwater, which does not have a statute of limitations of liability for the homeowner.

If you suspect your tank is leaking or would like to have a property assessed before purchase, give us a call and we can easily assist you navigate the complexities of these issues. Again, if you already have PLIA insurance coverage, much of the costs could be free or of little out-of-pocket expense to you.

Cleanup Your Heating-Oil Contamination for Little or No Charge with Help From PLIA

Pollution Liability Insurance Agency

Did you know that your insurance policy with PLIA currently provides up to $60,000 of coverage for the cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater? Currently, registered properties and those that register before July 1, 2020 can access up to the policy limit of $60,000. Are services include help to navigate the insurance process through PLIA, to make it easy as possible for our clients.

After July 1, 2020, PLIA will be discontinuing their insurance program and instead be offering assistance through a grant and loan program with limits up to $75,000. We are presently awaiting more detail from PLIA regarding the new program to keep our clients informed of the most current options to assist them.

We are here to help and are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the process of removing or replacing your heating-oil tank, assessing if a release has occurred, and cleaning up the contaminated soil and/or groundwater. If you have suspicions that your tank may have leaked or is leaking, we can collect a soil sample to help assess and provide further recommendations if needed. We are real people, a small business, and understand the apprehension of dealing with potential contamination. We are here to help, give us a call.