Guide to Heating Oil Tank Testing Services

Do you realize how vital heating oil tank testing services are?

Did you know that oil and petroleum products are the largest major energy source for U.S. energy consumption?

Odds are you, or someone you know, uses oil for their home heating needs. Heating oil is an effective, affordable, hotter burn energy source than alternatives such as natural gas.

The downside is that you need an oil tank to store fuel on-site, and there are times when you may need heating oil tank testing.

Why Test an Oil Tank

Oil tanks are commonly made out of steel. Despite this, they still tend to leak. That’s because oil and sludge collect on the bottom of the tank, which tends to cause leaks.

Corrosion is a natural process that can’t be completely stopped, only controlled.

How do you know if your tank is leaking? You may have a slow but steady leak that you don’t initially notice. However, if your oil bill steadily increases, you may have a leak.

Even if you don’t think your tank leaks, you may still want to have it tested. There are several reasons why:

  • Buying or selling a property with an existing oil tank
  • Noticing a sudden increase in how much oil you are using
  • Converting from using an underground tank to an above-ground tank
  • Converting from one source of heating to another

You may also want to get a test for an oil tank if your home is older. Many homes started with heating by coal, then oil, then natural gas.

You may have an oil tank on your property that you don’t know about. That can be detected with an oil tank sweep.

During a tank sweep, there will be a walking inspection of your property. GPR or ground-penetrating radar and metal detectors will be used to find buried tanks.

You may need to have your oil tank removed. In New Jersey, many non-regulated underground tanks (UST) are often used for residential or agricultural purposes. If leaks are detected, you need an oil tank removal.

How Heating Oil Tank Testing Works

If your tank is above ground, it will undergo a visual inspection. This involves checking for scratches, dents, leaks, and other damage to the tank.

However, you will likely need more testing. This is conducted via boring.

The soil below the bottom measurement of your tank’s location gets drilled. A professional collects soil samples; then these boring samples are tested for contamination.

Get Your Oil Tank Tested

All American Environmental is a full-service environmental consulting and contracting company based in New Jersey.

If you need heating oil tank testing for a suspected leak, need to conduct an oil tank sweep, or need to replace an oil tank, we can help. Our mission is to provide professional, prompt, and cost-effective solutions for your oil tank.

Don’t hesitate to get help with your fuel oil tank; contact All American Environmental today.

We provide heating oil tank testing services to the following New Jersey counties.

Morris County, Bergen County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, Essex County, Passaic County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, and Warren County, New Jersey