Clarendon Hills, Illinois is a very old and affluent village that was established  in 1873.  Many of the homes in this area are what we consideredvintage homes.  Basically, that means that the homes have been maintained to keep their original character and design.  That was definitely the case of the home inspection in Clarendon Hills with its Victorian architecture.  No wonder why my clients chose this home for purchase.

The home seemed to be in great shape for a property that was built in 1911.  The homes property was short of being a 1/2 acre which is large for this area.  Its many mature maple and oak trees that lined the property was evident as to why my clients chose this home.

The home inspection in Clarendon Hills had marginal issues.  Most of these had to do with old windows that were painted shut.  Some of the gears of the wood casement windows were stripped also.  The main issue I found when I entered the utility room was where a Carrier 80 efficient furnace was installed.  I noticed  that there were two lines coming up from the concrete.  The concrete around where these lines were coming from was not disturbed or cracked.  This was the original foundation slab.  The first thing that came to my mind was that there was a storage tank in the basement of the home inspection in Clarendon Hills.

I went outside to search for a “fill pipe”.  This is where the oil was inserted into the oil storage tank that fueled the boilers back in the early 1900′s.  I found it about 10′ from the east perimeter of the home. This location of the fill pipe led me to believe  that the storage tank was in the side yard of the home inspection in Clarendon Hills.  I informed my client that there was an oil storage tank in their new homes yard.  The cost to remove a storage tank from the yard of a home is around $2000.00 and up depending on if there is oil in the tank and if it is leaking into the soil.  The cost to remove an oil storage tank in the basement can cost as much as $9000.00 or more!  That’s why looking for buried storage tanks in home inspections is so critical.

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