Friday, December 05, 2008

Beware of Oil Tanks in a Residential Home Sale

I just took a real estate course and we were talking about the hazards and
pitfalls to try and avoid when selling a property with an oil tank.

One of the things that the instructor said to give some perspective on how
little of an oil leak or oil spill is necessary to contaminate ground water
drinking levels was:

1 cup of oil from an oil tank will contaminate water the size of an olympic
size swimming pool, which is threshold of 20mg of hydrocarbon per litre, or
20ppm

The point is that does not take too much of an oil spill or leak to ruin
well drinking water! Beware and make sure you do your testing before you
buy a home with well water, especially if there is an oil tank on the
property.

All the best!
Mark

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