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Old 03-21-2018, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Maybe I'm misunderstanding... but I assumed the paint markings came from the people hired to look for USTs... not that they were already there.
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Maybe I'm misunderstanding... but I assumed the paint markings came from the people hired to look for USTs... not that they were already there.
Paint markings were done by the people who did the sweep and probe.
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Paint markings were done by the people who did the sweep and probe.
That's what I thought! There's a few comments above about calling someone to find out what the marks mean.
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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If I really wanted the house and the current owner will not offer to pay for or split the cost of further investigation, I would just pay for he $1200 and know for sure what you are dealing with.
The problem is that you pay $1200, they find out what it is, and they now determine it's another $5,000 to remove or remediate it? Just like a medical test, at a minimum you should have an idea of what you'll do with the information before you have the test done.
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:17 AM
 
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Get the builder to open it up. Digging a 3 foot hole 3 feet deep is a couple of hundred dollars. The only thing requiring any skill will be replacing the asphalt.

If the builder won't do it then consider walking. But I really can't imagine why he would refuse.
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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OP has location listed as jersey city. I'd be more worried about what your property taxes for next year would be lol
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Old 03-21-2018, 12:03 PM
 
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Could it be an oil tank already filled with sand maybe? I would go with the soil testing, no oil don't worry about it. If you find contamination then the seller will need to do something about it.
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Old 03-21-2018, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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From the picture, it looks like there was some sort of machinery or something mounted over the site. What are those three light brown patches on the concrete? Could they be where some sort of hold down bolt was removed or cut off? What machine uses an under ground tank? Was it a house that was there before or some small commercial building like a machine shop or something? Also looks like a half inch pipe or something going down into the underground storage tank? Seems a pretty hard thing to miss if they're claiming they did an earlier survey.
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Old 03-21-2018, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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For 1200 Us I'll be right over with my shovel and dig three feet down.
May bring my pickaxe to clear the asphalt on top.
thank you.
your new neighbor
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Old 03-21-2018, 06:48 PM
 
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There's a walker inside it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH5XfVbf-OU
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