Recommendations for someone to remove an oil tank in basement

Hi Everyone,

I have an old, rather large oil tank in the corner of my basement that I'd like to have removed. It's about 80% full if I had to guess, and I'm concerned it's a bit of a liability / issue when I eventually go to sell my house.

If anyone knows of someone they'd recommend that could drain the oil and also break down the tank and remove it from my basement, it would be very much appreciated. I'd like the person to have insurance for their business, just in case they happen to spill oil on our new rugs while transporting it from the basement through our front door.

I also have an old cast iron boiler and some other crap that could be lugged out if they're looking to make some extra cash at the scrap yard.

Thanks!

Pure_Fishtown's picture

I would call one of the Fuel Supply places; I'm sure they will be able to direct you to a reliable company.

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Ken Milano's picture

I use Royds & Sons, have been for about 40 years or more. My tank is getting near the end of its useful life, so I had it priced to be removed. I only have about a quarter tank (275 gallon tank usually) and it is going to cost about $1900 to have the oil syphoned out, the old tank cut up and removed, then install a new one.

HAZMAT's picture

WOW if you give me a day I can not find there number but the co. is called fishtown salvage the guy was older guy nice and clean he removed mine through the basement window in pieces and only cost me 500.00 with the clean up ! the conversion to gas was about 900.00 oil is just prehistoric and dirty heat !~

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rinobio's picture

There is also chris from Move it on Frankford I bet if he cant do it he knows someone !

Frank Jones's picture

American Salvage. I've used them and they were good. They drain out the oil, cut the tank up in the basement and take it out. Not a drop of oil spilled on the carpets.

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Hone's picture

Perfect - thanks for the recommendations everyone! I know I have a yellow flyer somewhere that I saved from a few years ago where it would cost $500 - definitely a local guy (Hazmat - I think this is the same person). I'll try to track that down and reach out to some of these guys too. I don't need another one installed, so can't really see spending more than $500.

HAZMAT's picture

If you have any trouble finding someone I do know where he lives you can pm me and I will stop and get his number for you. !

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brooke's picture

Question I have is how stinky is it when they break it down? We are cementing our dirt floor right now and we're trying to decide whether or not to bother removing it. Basement is big...it's just an eyesore.

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HAZMAT's picture

brooke wrote:
Question I have is how stinky is it when they break it down? We are cementing our dirt floor right now and we're trying to decide whether or not to bother removing it. Basement is big...it's just an eyesore.

Very I would suggest removing it before you cement the floors , less to worry about and if it is an eye sore now it will be defeating you intentions of improving the basement !

To be ones self and unafraid, right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformaty. Irving Wallace.

Hone's picture

Just wanted to give George (?) a shout out and thanks for recommending Royd's & Sons - which is now called Acme I believe. The owner referred me to this nicest older guy, Henry. He was ridiculously professional and did a phenomenal job. Pumped out almost 200 gallons of super old oil, cut down and removed the tank, and also had his crew break down and old, super heavy cast iron boiler.

The standard tank removal would have only run me $275 (!!), but unfortunately because the oil was dated pre-1994, it had to be disposed of, which costs money. Regardless, the entire project ran me $450 for everything, and I couldn't have been more impressed with the job they did. I was getting quotes for around $500 just for the removal of the tank itself, let alone paying to have the oil disposed and breaking down the boiler.

Henry's # is 215-715-6877 if anyone needs something similar done.