Asked by beaglesquared, Chicago, IL • Tue Feb 12, 2013
We are under contract to purchase a home that had an underground heating oil tank removed over a year ago. The paperwork from the company that did the work shows that the tank was leaking, and they removed the tank, the contaminated soil, hauled it away and replaced with "clean" soil. At inspection we noticed a sump pit ( ?) in the crawlspace that had some stagnant water in it with what looked like an oily sheen to it. There was an oil odor as well. The odor was not prevalent in the rest of the house, just the immediate area of this "pit". Could this be some residual effect of the tank? Or work not completed properly? A couple of tank removal companies I spoke with said to "flush" out that water several times and it should be ok.
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