Underground Tank Removal

Tank Removal

Sippin Energy Products provides a full range of tank removal services by our own qualified staff of expert excavators. We also provide additional resources to provide tank abandonment, soil testing and remediation if needed.


The steps for tank removal are the following:

  • Site assessment and proposal. A Field Representative will visit your home, assess work required to excavate and remove the tank and prepare a no-cost proposal outlining the steps and costs of such a procedure.
  • Prior to excavation, the site will be inspected for any potential underground obstruction such as underground electrical service, septic service, telephone lines, etc.
  • Contents of the tank will be removed. Sippin Energy Products will provide drainage and vacuuming of any remaining product in the tank. Any sludge will be properly disposed of.
  • A back hoe will excavate the area over the tank and remove the tank from the ground.
  • Oil lines will be sealed and capped.
  • Soil samples from the site will be extracted, returned to the office for TPH (Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon) testing.
  • Any site inspections needed at this time will be made and any approvals required for this process will be expedited.
  • Old tank will be transported back to Sippin Energy facilities, cleaned and cut into small pieces for proper disposal.
  • The tank site will be back-filled with clean gravel and top soil will be graded, raked and seeded.


In circumstances where the tank is completely inaccessible from the surface, foam filling may be an option. Although this is a more costly option it provides an opportunity to fill the tank without completely excavating the top of the tank itself.

Tank Installation

Two basic types of tanks can be installed to facilitate modern, safe heating fuel storage:

Underground Tanks

Contrary to popular belief, underground tanks can be installed provided certain guidelines are followed. The only tanks most towns generally allow are cathodic protected steel tanks, which are also referred to as STIP 3 Tanks. These tanks are treated with an epoxy resin coating and also provide cathodic protection via a zinc anode attached to the tank. Electrical leads attached to the zinc anode give the homeowner the facility to test the anode periodically to make sure that it is functioning. Fiber glass tanks are also allowed, although they are more costly and more difficult to install.

Above Ground Tanks

Visit our tank installation web page for information regarding new tank installations.