Q: Is access inside the home important while performing an oil tank sweep?
A: Yes. A thorough inspection of either the basement or the area nearest the furnace is essential to the oil tank sweep process. This includes all crawl spaces and garages. Investigating for previous evidence of fuel service in the home an integral part of a tank sweep.
Q: There is a car parked in the driveway, is that a problem during the tank sweep?
A: Yes. Hawkeye requires complete access to all areas of the property without impedances. All vehicles need to be moved off the property for a thorough sweep. This includes all cars, trailers, boats, RV's, dumpsters, pods or anything large and metal that cannot be moved around during the inspection.
Q: Can your metal detector get a reading through driveways, patios and decks?
A: Depends. So long as there is no rebar or wire mesh integrated into these surfaces, Hawkeye will have no problem getting a reading. However, if there is rebar or mesh, these areas are specifically excluded from the parameters of the sweep. In such cases, the client may want to perform a more thorough inspection with Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) which can read through this metallic laden surface. With respect to decks, Hawkeye makes every effort to get under decks in order to get an accurate reading of the ground beneath. If the deck is on grade with no access underneath, Hawkeye will not be able to get an accurate reading and the area will be excluded from the tank sweep.
Q: What areas of the property does Hawkeye sweep with the metal detector?
A: While most companies only cover a 30' radius around the main home, Hawkeye will typically sweep the entire property. For any property up to one (1) acre, the base price is the same. Should a client purchasing a larger property and want the entire lot scanned, Hawkeye can do so for an additional cost. Hawkeye has found unknown fuel oil, gasoline and diesel tanks over the years that were missed by other companies because of their limited sweep area.
Q: Do I need to be there while you perform the oil tank sweep?
A: No. So long as I can get access into the structure from either the current property owner or realtor, a client does not need to be on site during the sweep.