It is well advised to perform a tank sweep if you even suspect there is an oil tank on your property. Sweeps may seem insignificant and costly but will save on time and effort. It is common for owners to not be aware of possible oil tanks. Many real estate agents may not be aware of the potential oil tanks buried underground. It is ultimately up to you to survey new property or be aware of it on existing property. A few signs of having an oil tank are:
● Copper pipes penetrating a building's foundation
● Oil tank fills
● Vent pipes
● Spots of the yard where grass does not grow and where a potential pipe was removed
● Older buildings
● Types of property owned, for example farms
An oil tank sweep can save thousands of dollars in the long run. Typical sweeps go for about $220. For the best results a sweep should be conducted with a GPR or ground penetrating radar.