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FAILED TANK TEST Q&A
COST How much does a re-test cost, if needed? What form of payment do you accept?
How much does a tank test cost?
--Cost of a tank test is determined by the tank size. Prices start at $400 (add permit fees where applicable)(NY State add sales tax).
--A re-test fee of $300 per re-test is charged. (NY State add sales tax)
--Check or Cash are accepted. We do not accept credit cards.
How much does a re-test cost, if needed?
What form of payment do you accept?
U.S. Tank Tech primarily serves Fairfield, Southern Litchfield, Westchester, Putnam, Orange, and Dutchess Counties.
How much fuel has to be in my tank to do the test?
--There is no requirement for a certain fuel level in residential tanks. Larger commercial size tanks will require a certain fuel level.
How long does the test take?
--A tank test typically takes 1 to 2 ½ hours, depending on the test style.
Do you need access into my house/building?
--We need access to a working electrical outlet and to the heating system during time of the test.
Why do you need to know the exact tank size?
--The tank size assists the technician in determining gallons of product, water, or air space in the tank.
Why do you need to know if the tank has a direct fill pipe?
--The technician must be able to measure the fuel level and check the tank bottom for water prior to starting the test.
Why do you need to know the last date the tank was filled or the current fuel
--The fuel level assists in determining which testing method is appropriate.
FAILED TANK TEST Q & A
What does it mean if a tank fails?
--A tank system failure indicates the tank may not be tight and/or the attached piping and/or fittings may not be tight.
Who is responsible in the event of a failed tank test?
--The owner of the property is responsible for making sure the tank system is in proper working order, capable of passing a certified tank tightness test.
What steps should be taken if a tank fails the test?
--We recommend the whole top of the tank, as well as all lines and piping, be excavated, checked for leaks by the oil company, and repaired if necessary. The tank should then be re-tested to obtain a passing test result.
If a tank passes the test, does that mean it is not leaking?
--No. Test results are limited to the conditions existing at the time of the tank inspection only and does not exclude the possibility of a past, present, or future problem. Test results are in accordance with protocol established by the manufacturer and comply with current E.P.A. guidelines.
Who is responsible for reporting a failed tank test to the state?
--In NY State, the contractor is required to notify the D.E.C. (Department of Environmental Conservation). In CT, the D.E.P. (Department of Environmental Protection) must be notified within 24 hours, only in the case of a spill.
INSURANCE / LICENSING
Is your company and/or technicians licensed/insured?
--Yes. U.S. Tank Tech is a fully insured, private testing company. Our licensed technicians use State-of-the-Art equipment to conduct precision tightness tests.
Do you sell tank insurance?
--No. We do not sell tank insurance. You can apply for tank insurance through the oil company of your choice. Most insuring companies require a copy of a passing tank test OR soil sample report. Check with the specific insuring company before choosing.
Can soil sample results be used to obtain tank insurance?
--Some insuring companies do accept/require soil samples. Check with the specific company before choosing soil samples.
Do my tanks have to be registered?
--In N.Y. state a site with a single tank over 1100 gallons in capacity or connected tanks with over 1100 gallons in capacity must be registered.
How do I register my tank?
--To register a site in Westchester County, contact the Westchester County Health Department Bulk Storage Division.
--To register a site in other counties in NY state, contact the D.E.C. for requirements.
How often does my tank have to be tested?
--To date, there are no requirements for periodic testing on residential tanks. Commercial tanks or tanks requiring registration must follow periodic tightness testing guidelines set forth by Westchester County, the NY State D.E.C., or the CT D.E.P.
TESTING METHODS, Q & A
What style tests are available?
--The Horner EZY Chek 3, UST 2000 P/U and the Alert 1000/1050.
What determines the kind of test you do on the tank?
--The testing method will be determined by tank size, fill pipe diameter, fuel level and/or availability of equipment.
How soon will I know the results of my test?
--Preliminary, verbal results are given when the test is finished. Reports are mailed/faxed the following business day.
Will the test damage my tank?
--No. When proper protocol is followed, testing methods can identify a possible problem with the tank but will not create a problem.
Will you be digging or disturbing my property?
--The initial tank test may require minimal hand digging in the area of the fill pipe and/or vent pipe.
Do you test on weekends?
--No. Testing is done Monday - Friday.
SOIL SAMPLING- Q & A
Should I have both soil samples and a tank test done?
--Most people have only one or the other done depending on their own personal preference and whether they plan to apply for insurance on the tank.
How many soil samples are taken? Where are they analyzed?
--In New York State, 3 core borings are drilled and the soil is analyzed as one composite sample. The analysis method is STARS #8021 & #8270.
--In Connecticut, 2 core borings are drilled and analyzed separately. The
analysis method is TPH (Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon) #418.1.
--All soil samples are analyzed by a certified independent laboratory.
What happens if my soil sample results are over the acceptable limit?
--The owner is responsible for the removal and disposal of any contaminated soil over the acceptable limits. The contaminated soil should be removed and disposed of by a licensed transporter of contaminated materials.
What happens if my soil sample results are not over the acceptable limit but
do show some level of possible contamination?
--We recommend the area around the sample with the reading be excavated to determine the source and extent of possible contamination.
Do you abandon, remove, install or repair tanks?
--No. We do certified tank tightness testing, site surveys, and soil sampling.
Can you locate possible tanks, either in service or out of service?
--Yes. We do site surveys to locate possible tanks on a property.
*Check out our diagram page for a useful visual of a common underground fuel
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