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blah2, Home Seller in Pelham, NY

Can soil be tested many years after an oil tank was removed?

Asked by blah2, Pelham, NY Thu Jan 17, 2013

Tank was removed without proper documentation and so buyer is worried about potential liability from leakage.

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Yes, soil can be tested years (if not decades) after an oil tank has been removed.

This can turn into a very lengthy and expensive process, which really should have been addressed before your home was put on the market. The gentlemen at Advanced Environmental is very good at explaining the process, the FAQ link can be found here:


Also here are the top three rated soil remediation companies (according to Angie's List) in the area:


All three have an 'A' rating based on over 15 reviews.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
3 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 23, 2014
absolutely!!! I would strongly recommend it!!
3 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 18, 2013
If you have any concerns, yes the soil can be tested....
3 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 18, 2013
Yes it can and should because the old tank may have had a servers leak and when you go to sell the new buyer may test the soil and you would either have to do clean up or loose sale or both
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 28, 2014
I'd also recommend looking at this Q&A:



Kurt Wiesenmaier
Real Estate Salesperson
Houlihan Lawrence, Pelham
1 Pelhamwood Avenue
Pelham, NY 10803

Mobile/Text: 914-715-8339
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 28, 2014
Yes, look online for a local testing company. Old oil tanks can contaminate soil for many years.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 23, 2014
Your soil can and should be tested before you put your house on the market. If your house is on the market talk to your real estate professional on how to find the proper soil testers in your area. Your real estate professional can also guide you on how to file a claim.
If you do not have a real estate professional, I will be happy to guide you.

Joanne Davies
Julis B Fee Sotheby's International Realty
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 18, 2013
Yes the soil from an in ground oil tank can be tested years after the tank was removed. I have experienced this many times and have used some great environmentalist.
Seth Keslow
Platinum Drive Realty
Certified Buyer Representative
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 18, 2013
Absolutely the soil can be tested, and that's exactly what should be done!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 17, 2013
Not only can it be tested its incumbent on you to do so. It took us over 10 years and cost us over 1.5 million dollars to de contaminate a property we own in Temecula that had a gas station with leaky tanks. It's a terrible and costly thing to go through but we had to do it. Had we sold the property with that problem it would have cost us 10 times that amount in legal costs. Just hope you don't have to insure what we did.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 28, 2014
Hi John,

I'm not sure that your example is relevant as the person asking was talking about a home oil tank remediation and you are referencing a gas station property.
Flag Sun Sep 28, 2014
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