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Is your oil tank registered with PLIA?

You're entitled to $60,000 worth of free testing and removal/cleanup!

  • Upgrade your heating source
  • Start saving an average of $250/month on your heating
  • Instantly increase your homes equity and selling price
  • Clean up the environment

Make the first move and have your soil tested. Those registered with the Washington State Pollution Liability Agency can have your oil tank checked at no cost to you through us prior to removal, decommissioning. If you suspect you are having a problem and want to see if it is leaking or has leaked, just schedule a free site visit with us and protect your real estate investment.

Problem With Old Oil Tanks

Time takes its toll on heating oil tanks, leading to corrosion and potential leaks. But the cost doesn't stop there – cleaning up heating oil leaks can drain your wallet, and it only gets worse over time. Beyond the financial burden, leaking tanks spell trouble for the environment, contaminating soil, surface water, and even groundwater, while also compromising air quality.

Under the state's stringent cleanup laws outlined in Chapter 70A.305 RCW, also known as the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), owners can be held responsible for both cleanup costs and natural resource damages stemming from leaks on their property. The Department of Ecology (Ecology) has the authority to put any property on the Confirmed and Suspected Contaminated Sites List (CSCSL). Such contamination and listing can significantly hinder your ability to sell your property. Having an aging oil tank increases the chances.

That's the reason behind PLIA, it's so you can be proactive. Don't let a leaking tank or suspected leaking jeopardize your finances or your property's value. Take measures today to safeguard your investment and protect the environment for a cleaner, brighter tomorrow.


How to Identify Oil Tank Issues

• Water presence in your heating oil tank can lead to rust damage and leaks. We can come in and test the tank for you or you can conduct your own inspection to detect water accumulation.

• If you notice a rapid decline in your heating oil levels, it could indicate a problem. Keep a close eye on your fuel consumption for any unexpected fluctuations.

• Underground tanks may develop unnoticed holes over time. Auguring the surrounding soil will allow us to catch a problem before it gets out of hand and expensive to remediate.

• Beware of vapors or heating oil seeping into basements. Regularly inspect areas adjacent to your heating oil tank and service lines for any odors or visible signs of leakage.

Keep in mind: Heating oil tanks exceeding 20 years in age require heightened vigilance and monitoring. Stay proactive to ensure the safety and integrity of your heating oil system.

Activating your PLIA claim and getting your $60,000

The first step is having us come by and test the soil. We do this with a non-evasion auger technique. We auger down to the depth of your oil tank and sample the soil for pollutants. If your tank is old, there is a chance of contamination. 

If we detect contamination of the soil or water supply we will initiate your PLIA claim on your behalf at no charge and take care of all the paperwork. Once you claim is initiated you are no longer liable for any clean up costs associated with the contamination up to $60,000 (We've never had a residential claim that surpassed this amount).

The Washington State Department of Ecology strongly recommends have these tests done the sooner the better, especially if you are a PLIA registrant. The sooner you have the knowledge the less risk involved. This was the reason the PLIA fund was created, to assist owners with aging oil tanks. 

Action Oil Tank Removal is a state-approved oil tank cleanup contractor. We have a proven track record and our toxic cleanup standards meet and exceed those outlined in Chapter 173-340 WAC MTCA Cleanup Regulations.


Once the process is complete, we supply you with a state-approved cleanup report. Having this report will automatically increase your property value significantly. 

Oil Tank Removal or Decommissioning?

Should you remove or decommission your heating oil tank? PLIA strongly recommends opting for tank removal over in-place decommissioning. Tank removal offers the only guaranteed method to ensure the contamination is completely gone. By physically removing the tank, you gain the advantage of a thorough visual inspection of the area beneath it, facilitating more accurate soil sampling.

When it comes to property transactions, both homebuyers and lending institutions often seek assurance regarding environmental pollution. A tank that has been decommissioned in place may still harbor pollution, potentially causing delays or complications during inspection as well as lower your property value. These issues are becoming more prevalent so removal will put you in the clear.

Oil Tank Alternatives

As you may know, PLIA’s Heating Oil Insurance Program cannot be used to fund the installation of new heating source infrastructure projects. There are other programs PLIA and government agencies offer such as PLIA's Heating Oil Loan and Grant Program to further support owners with installation of new infrastructure or retrofitting of existing infrastructure.


Schedule an Appointment

Free soil testing for PLIA registrants. We assist property owners with all issues regarding above and below ground heating oil storage tanks and soil remediation efforts. We can help with providing assistance to home inspectors, real estate agents needing tank records and documentation. Action can also assist with providing regulatory compliance through governing agencies.

Residential and commercial tank services 

300 to 12,0000 gallon

Oil Tank Services

Soil Testing

Soil testing by non-invasive auger techniques 

Tank Removal

Oil tank removal and fill in place decommissioning 


Property remediation and proven track record clean up