Simmons Environmental Services, Inc.
213 Elm Street • Salisbury MA 01952
800-353-3656 • 978-463-6669
• fax: 978-463-6679

Residential Property

The contamination of residential properties in New England by home heating oil leaks and spills affects thousands of home owners each year. The most common types of incidents include:

  • An overflow of heating oil delivered to your home, resulting in an oily basement surface which is potentially leaking into the ground as well as creating indoor air contamination
  • Heating oil leakage from failed underground storage tanks (UST) or outdoor above-ground storage tanks (AST)
  • Overfills or spills at the outside storage pipe, resulting in soil contamination and potentially threatening underground wells and groundwater

An oil leak or spill is one of the most costly problems a home owner may face. A leaking oil tank can lower a property’s value. Undiscovered leaks can release hundreds, or even thousands, of gallons of fuel oil into soil and groundwater. In that case, the tank owner is responsible for any site assessment and corrective action mandated by regulatory agencies.

Banks and other lending institutions require that heating oil storage tanks be tested for leaks prior to real estate transfer or refinancing as part of the disclosure policy. Evidence of contamination or leaks may prevent a property sale or the lowering of your interest rate.

Simmons provides comprehensive residential services to deal with leaking storage tanks including, but not limited to:

  • Initial site assessment
  • Tank removal
  • Contaminated soil excavation, transportation and disposal
  • Site characterization
  • Corrective action
  • Site closure

If you suspect that your oil tank is leaking or your property is contaminated, contact Simmons Environmental Services. Fast action can protect your investment and the environment.

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