If your considering buying a new home in CT, MA, NY or RI its important to know the benefits of Underground Storage Tank (UST) locating services before you close on your property. Learning about this could save you thousands of dollars in the future.
An underground storage tank (UST) is a tank and underground piping with at least 10 percent of its total volume below ground.
If handled improperly, these tanks present financial challenges as the cost of penetrating one by mistake can mean a large environmental clean-up. So understanding where they are and where you should dig is essential.
Before closing on a new home, learn the many benefits of using a locating service to find USTs without disruption, destruction or expenses for environmental cleanups.
How to Locate USTs
Locating USTs involves ground penetrating radar (GPR), which can identify where fiberglass, steel or plastic tanks are located. The radar will show both the tank and any underground piping associated with it. GPR is non-destructive and shows crucial details about where the UST and its piping are and what you’ll need to access it. This tool can show the following details.
- Tank position, depth and size
- The thickness of the surface of concrete or asphalt to reach the tank and pipes
- Presence of rebar or supports on the surface you’ll need to penetrate to reach the tank
- Location of previously buried drum even after it was removed
UST Locating Service Benefits
Using GPR to locate USTs before you begin any sort of on-property digging has many great benefits. These benefits are highly impactful and could save you thousands of dollars or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in preventing environmental hazards that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) charges you to clean up or fines you for causing.
Here are the main benefits of using a UST locating service.
- Cost savings thanks to avoiding costly and unnecessary excavation. You’ll know exactly where to dig and how far down to go.
- Time savings because you’ll have a clear picture of the thickness of the surface, what’s below the surface and the tools you need for the job before you get started.
- Protection from environmental risks and costly issues. With a clear view of where tanks are, you can work efficiently to remove leaking tanks from your property or to maintain the tanks before they cause issues. And you won’t have to worry about disrupting tanks you don’t know about when you complete digging projects.
- Improved project efficiency by avoiding exploratory digging and excavation
- Confidence for potential property buyers that their new land doesn’t present an environmental risk or hazard. This assessment is a great way to tell potential buyers what’s below the surface of a piece of property so they can make an informed decision about whether to buy.
Schedule Your Underground Storage Tank Locating Service
If you’re preparing a digging project or considering purchasing a property, learn where underground tanks are located before you dig or buy. Schedule your UST locating service with ACS Underground Solutions today. Our 24/7 service will provide the tools and resources you need to understand what’s lurking below the surface of your property and help you avoid environmental fines and hazards.
ACS UNDERGROUND SOLUTIONS | Underground Storage Tank Locating Service
ACS Underground Solutions has been in business since 1997 and we continue to serve our clients during COVID 19 with the CDC safety guidance put in place. Give ACS Underground Solutions a call at 203-544-7190 to find out more about our services. Our office staff is available Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm to answer your questions and schedule an appointment. We are a private family owned consulting company with decades of experience and deep expertise in Water Line Leak Detection, Underground Utility Locating with GPR, Underground Storage Tank Locating, Concrete Imaging & Scanning, Drain Pipe Inspections and Infrared Thermal Imaging Services. ACS Underground Solutions serves Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.