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Oil Leaks and
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Oil leaks are of concern to many home and building buyers. Home inspections may visually identify some oil leakage hazards, but further environmental inspections and testing are often needed.
Oil storage tanks occasionally leak, and the risk of leakage increases as the oil tank ages. If the oil storage tank is underground, a small oil leak may go undetected for a long period of time.
When an oil leak occurs, it often contaminates the surrounding soil. In an area such as Long Island, this contamination eventually gets into the underground aquifer that is the sole source of Long Island’s drinking water. Therefore, oil spills in areas such as Long Island are considered very serious. In other areas, oil spills are also serious, but may not contaminate the ground water to as great an extent. Oil spill cleanup steps are mandated by regulatory agencies and can be very expensive.
If the home, building, condo, or co-op that you are considering purchasing has an older buried oil storage tank, that tank should be tested for leakage. You should arrange with an appropriate oil tank testing specialist for this test. Some people are concerned that testing may cause the oil tank to start leaking. In fact, proper testing does not cause tanks to start leaking. The test only reveals the fact that the tank (or its feeder line) has already been leaking.
For more information, visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) underground oil storage tank website. You can find out information about oil leaks at the EPA)oil spill website. Note that there are state and other municipal regulations that affect underground oil storage tanks. You should check with your local government offices for more information.
Pre-purchase inspection standards specifically exclude checking for oil leakage. Heimer Engineering's pre-purchase inspections do not include oil tank leakage testing. Heimer Engineering's Professional Engineers advise you of visibly detectable suspect oil contamination and leakage, just as other Home Inspectors do. Heimer Engineering does not misrepresent this as an oil leakage inspection. Oil tank testing should be performed by an experienced and properly licensed and insured Oil Tank Testing firm.
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Heimer Engineering℠ is happy to help you. Senior Staff members are available Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. After 5 PM, please leave a message. Messages are checked during the day on Sunday, and Sunday evening through Thursday evening. Inspections are performed seven days a week.
Heimer Engineering's℠ inspection fees are competitive with non-Engineer Home Inspector's fees, especially when you consider that many non-Engineers charge extra for termite inspections, swimming pools, etc.
Inspection orders are taken by senior staff members. A real estate purchase is complex and you should be able to speak with someone who can answer your inspection questions.
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In the event of a life-threatening emergency call 911. Emergency situations need to be handled by first-responders who can evacuate buildings, shut utilities off, and take other steps necessary to preserve life.
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Heimer Engineering's℠ Professional Engineer Home Inspectors substantially adhere to the InterNACHI® Code of Ethics, to Subpart 197-4 of the State of New York Code of Ethics and Regulations for Home Inspectors, the ASHI® Standards of Practice, and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE®) Code of Ethics. In the event of a conflict, the Professional Engineer Home Inspectors use Engineering judgment to decide what standard or Engineering principle takes precedence. All State of New York Licensed Professional Engineers are bound by New York State Education Law Article 145.
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