Old Fuel Oil Tank in Orchard Park House

Alto Home Inspection LLC was recently asked to inspect a home in Orchard Park, and we wanted to share our knowledge about an issue that we found, why it's a problem and what we would do if it was my house.

Oil Tank in Orchard Park Crawlspace
We found this problem during an inspection of the home’s crawl space.
While inspecting a Village of Orchard Park house, we found an abandoned fuel oil tank. The tank was seemly unused for decades..
This fuel oil (or heating oil) tank hadn’t been used in decades, so the right approach would be to have it removed from the crawl space. Although the tank was apparently empty, there was a noticeable stench emanating from the area near the oil tank. A local oil tank servicing company can remove the tank and determine if oil had leaked out and into the soil.
I think if it were my house, I would want the tank to be removed for sure.
The only way to prevent this problem from popping up during a home inspection would be to have the tank removed as soon as it was no longer needed. To me, this situation is a good example of the value of a home inspection.
1950s house in Orchard Park

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