Site Inspections

Cedar Rock can assist you in finding out whether or not a UST is present on a property and whether or not significant contamination of the underlying soils has occurred due to leakage.

Whether buying or selling a house, or just wanting to ensure that you can sell your property without difficulty in the future, a Cedar Rock site inspection is among the most important things you can do to protect yourself from the legal and financial liabilities that can be associated with leakage from petroleum storage tanks,Metal detector in use whether located above or below ground; in-service or out of use for years; still in the ground, or removed, or said to have been "filled in the past".

Verifying the presence or absence of a storage tank and whether there has been any soil contamination is just as important as having a building inspection. The presence of unsuspected contamination can cause a sale to fall-through or be significantly delayed or may cause a loss of value for the property.

It is important to remember that it is not the storage tank that is the problem. It is whether or not the underlying soil has been contaminated that is the issue. While removal of soil contamination and associated environmental assessment is no longer required in most cases, a leaking tank must still be reported to the State. A leaking tank also has the potential to cause further significant environmental issues that may require unavoidable cleanup work.

Reasons for a Site Inspection

  1. Buyers - to prevent the unsuspecting purchase of a property with soil contamination and an oil tank that can continue or begin to leak, sometimes causing serious problems that may require an expensive cleanup. This is especially important if there are nearby water supply wells.
  2. Sellers - to establish that there is no contamination issue, or, to deal with the existence of a tank and possibly the associated soil contamination and to satisfy State laws prior to selling.
  3. Realtors - to guard against legal liability issues related to required disclosures and to provide clients with high quality service and financial protection.
  4. Verification - Cedar Rock is often asked to verify the effectiveness of tank removal or abandonment service work performed by others years earlier.

What to Expect (in common situations)

During a site inspection, Cedar Rock will, if required, first verify whether or not a tank is present on the property. See our Hidden Tanks page for details on how this is done.

If the presence of an underground tank is confirmed Cedar Rock will then locate the depth below ground, size and orientation of the tank and, if possible, determine the quantity of fluids remaining in the tank. After this a soil boring is made at one end of the tank to a depth about 1-2 feet below the bottom of the tank. The soils are examined for signs of contamination and/or odor. If no contamination is apparent, a second boring is carried out at the other end of the tank. Soil samples may also be collected and submitted for laboratory analysis to confirm the presence or absence of contamination in the soils.

If there is no contamination in either sample then no further work is required. However, Cedar Rock strongly recommends that in this situation the tank be removed or properly abandoned-in-place to prevent inevitable future leakage.

If contamination is observed Cedar Rock will make recommendations for the abandonment, or depending on site factors, the removal of the tank. If site conditions indicate that soil removal may be required Cedar Rock will advise on the recommended work. If requested by the property owner, Cedar Rock will provide a proposal for the necessary work.

A report, stamped by a NC Licensed Geologist, will be prepared for the client detailing the results of the site inspection and the recommended actions to take.

A typical inspection takes from about 30 minutes to an hour and costs as little as $200.00 depending on location. To protect your investment or to give peace of mind regarding the sale or purchase of your property of interest, please contact us at 336-376-0394 or use our contact form.