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How Much to Remove an Oil Tank from the Ground?


Removing an oil tank from your yard should cost about $1719.81 to $1903.82.

This estimate is based on the labor and materials required to take a 550-gallon tank out of the ground.
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Oil Tank Removal Cost Estimates by Location
Aurora, CO$1714.09 - $1897.49
Buffalo, NY$1575.91 - $1744.53
Chicago, IL$1923.01 - $2128.76
Gaithersburg, MD$2146.73 - $2376.42
Kansas City, MO$1608.81 - $1780.95
Knoxville, TN$1470.63 - $1627.98
Lowell, MA$2112.18 - $2338.18
Newark, NJ$2133.57 - $2361.85
Pascagoula, MS$1518.34 - $1680.79
Portland, OR$1830.89 - $2026.78
Providence, RI$2028.29 - $2245.31
Seattle, WA$1997.03 - $2210.71
Vancouver, WA$1559.46 - $1726.32
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Each tank removal contractor prices their work a little differently. The cost of your project will depend on several factors, including:
  1. Your geographic location. Labor costs tend to be much higher in major metropolitan areas.

  2. Permitting. Permit fees can vary greatly from city to city. In many cases, your contractor will need to apply for the permit on your behalf.

  3. Size of the tank. In most cases, it's cheaper to remove a 250-gallon tank than a 750-gallon tank.

  4. Tank location. As a general rule, it's easier to remove aboveground tanks than underground ones. Additionally, if the tank is buried under a concrete patio, you will be responsible for the extra demolition costs.

  5. Excavation challenges. How deep is the tank buried? The amount of time required to excavate the tank will help to determine the cost of the job. Also, certain types of soil can be difficult to work with.

  6. Amount of cleanup required. After the tank is removed, your contractor should collect soil samples for lab testing. If any of the surrounding soil has been contaminated with oil, you will be responsible for the additional cleanup costs. The total cost will depend heavily on the extent of the contamination.

  7. Converting to natural gas or electric. Once the heating oil tank is removed, you may need assistance converting to an alternative fuel source. This type of project may require the services of a separate contractor, such as a plumber or an electrician.

  8. Re-landscaping. The contractor should backfill the new hole with dirt, but they may not plant new grass or lay sod. Landscaping services are not typically included in the initial price quote.

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