Hi, I’m Orange County demolition contractor Andre Abajian. When you need a big storage tank removed the process can be complicated. There’s a safe way to do each job, and sometimes 80 to 90% of the tank’s building materials such as metal and concrete can be salvaged for recycling according to California best practices.

Sometimes with older tanks asbestos is discovered in the structure. Asbestos poses a safety hazard which requires an asbestos abatement team to come in and remove the asbestos according to strict regulations regarding handling and disposal. Through my lifelong connections within the Orange County construction business, I know the best teams to call in for asbestos abatement so we can get the problem resolved and proceed with the job.

A Safe Tank Demolition Procedure Depends on Various Factors

The first stage of tank removal is planning and coordination. Heavy equipment must be brought in for the demolition job. Big storage tanks require scheduling trucks to come to the job site and haul off tons of metal and concrete for recycling and salvage. Keeping the job running on schedule sometimes requires coordinating with many vendors and this should be done before proceeding with the tank demolition.

Before I begin the job I always start with a hazardous materials survey report by a licensed CAC. For underground storage tank removal, the soil should be inspected for leakage of hazardous matter. If the tank contained oil, gas, or anything petroleum the soil surrounding the tank must be tested for leaching. Contaminated soil must be hauled off and disposed of, usually in an out-of-state landfill.

As the person who is primarily responsible for all phases of the safe demolition, I stay involved throughout any required abatement process to ensure proper removal and disposal of all hazardous materials. Tank decommissioning and/ or removal must meet OSHA and EPA standards.

After the Tank is Removed and Recycled

Whether the tank is above ground, underground or both, your site should be left cleared, healthy, and free of hazards. My role as an Orange County demolition contractor is to provide the safest and best tank demolition services available. Whether the job is big or small, I always plan a tank removal to be completed on schedule; this includes leaving the site looking good, with the area cleared and ready to be used for another purpose. To see my team at work, check out this video of a tank removal we did for Irvine Ranch Water District.

I have safely removed tanks of all sizes and purposes. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at 949-446-0000. It won’t cost you anything to consult me about your tank demolition and removal job.

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