Ok, so, for some of you… this is old news… BUT – in the interest of logging ALL of our home projects – this is one that definitely can’t be skipped!
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As I’ve said in previous posts, we bought our house as a short sale… and with the short sale came some interesting issues.
One of which was that there was an old,
unused, (correction – not-used-anymore) oil tank buried in the ground that had to be removed before the house could be closed on – BUT – as is the case with short sales, the owners didn’t have any cashola to remove it themselves… so we had to front the cost of the removal before the house was even ours! Here’s a picture of the start of the process… a few guys dug with shovels to expose the top of the tank. (I literally shuttered each time they hit the ground in fear that they’d puncture the tank and spew an oily mess all over my future yard.)
Here’s the view from the back yard – the part that amuses me the most is all the trees in the forefront of the picture (they’ve since been removed)
It was a bit of a risk… but – really – the biggest risk lay in what would or wouldn’t be discovered below the tank…
On the left is the oil tank being pumped out… before any more digging can take place. To the right is a picture of when they brought out the “big guns”
We had been pre-warned – there could literally be hundreds of thousands of dollars of environmental disaster hiding in the ground below the tank… or the tank could be intact, with no leakage… and we could proceed to buy the house without a problem. (Fingers crossed!)
We called a company and brought the owner out to the house (that wasn’t yet ours) so that we could get a quote. (All of this can get a tad awkward when you’re getting quotes on a house that’s not yours.) Anyways – the owner of the company said he had given at least 3 other people quotes on removing this tank and they had ALL backed out! WHAT? Alarms went off in my head – “what do they know that we don’t?” and on and on… Anyways – my husband persevered and we set the date for the tank removal. (and crossed our fingers…
shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.) I have a one year old, please forgive my “shoulders, knees, and toes” jokes.
Anyways – this was the main piece of equipment that was brought out for our OIL dig. It amused the heck out of me that they parked it like it was just an everyday car in the driveway:
Soooo – anyways – they pumped out the tank and started digging with the mean machine… Of course – they uncovered
huge rocks boulders and pushed them to the side… (We have boulders lining every edge of our yard that were moved during one project or another)…
check out the rock in that machine
pulling more big rocks out while Jack and Ben look on…
Long story shorter…
Here’s a visual take on the rest of the project:
The tank has been exposed and “Jack and Ben” are digging away at the sides to unearth the demon:
Here – the demon of an oil tank is dangling precariously… I’m praying it doesn’t bust open…
I had to give you some perspective… see below:
Now – this is interesting – below you can see the “leftovers.” The company we hired said that this was perfectly fine… It did make me a tad nervous… but I suppose that weed killer has probably been a larger issue at this point than this small amount of oil. And – actually – the fire company had to come and inspect it and they ok’d it! So – I guess their authority rules! (The neighbors really must have been wondering what was going on – what with the firetrucks and bulldozers, etc.)
see the shiny, grey part? That’s a tad bit of oil… Deemed “ok” by the town fire department.
Ok, this post is almost over… Don’t get sad…
…GONE! The oil tank, bulldozer, and truck are heading out the driveway. (Note the small pond in the front yard – this has thankfully been fixed… more to come on that too)
And, THAT, my friends, is how you have an oil tank removed from your yard! After this day was over – we knew we were ONE step closer to closing on our house!
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