Oil Tank Remediation and Cleanup Services in NJ
Have you ever even considered what oil tank remediation and cleanup is?
How would you feel if you had to pay tens of thousands of dollars to sell your home? Unfortunately, if you have an underground oil tank, there’s a chance that could be the case. In many cases, buyers will lose interest in your house if an underground oil tank is present.
Even if your underground oil tank has already been disabled, there is still the risk of environmental contamination. Oil tank remediation is necessary for extracting pollutants from the surrounding environment.
If your home is forty years old or older, there is a higher chance that there may be an underground oil tank on your property – even if you don’t realize it. Below, you can find out how a leaking underground oil tank can set you back whether you’re selling your home, or not.
Underground oil tanks run the risk of environmental contamination, especially as they become older. Because these tanks are underground, detecting any potential leaks is difficult.
Oil pollutants are an environmental hazard that can leak into soil and water sources. Since this can lead to health concerns, it’s urgent to address this issue. Leaks can also result in fire or explosions.
If an oil tank on your property leaks and also leaks onto your neighbors’ property, you will also be responsible for their cleanup as well. Even if you did not know the tank was there initially, you may still be responsible for the cost of the cleanup.
In cases where a leak is found, you must report it to New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection. The regulations for dealing with abandonment/removal of heating tanks are readily available should you need to deal with your tank.
Selling Your Home
Because underground oil tanks carry so many potential risks, real estate lawyers and real estate agents advise against purchasing a home that has one. Potential buyers are also advised to have the property swept with a metal detector.
Tanks that have been decommissioned and filled with foam or sand aren’t satisfactory when selling either. Decommissioned tanks still have the capacity to leak residual oil and if you have any hope of selling, you must remove the oil tank.
Oil Tank Remediation
The purpose of oil tank remediation is to clean the oil pollutants from your property. This begins with an assessment of your property to determine if there has been a leak.
Upon inspection, if a leak is present, the NJDEP will receive a report.
The types of removal will depend on the type of contamination present. Whether it is soil or groundwater contamination, the contaminated elements will be properly disposed of.
Further steps will occur to ensure that the contamination doesn’t spread. After treatment, once all evidence of contamination is gone, the company will submit a report and the NJDEP will be notified that treatment is complete.
Remediation Services and Beyond
If you are looking to have your underground oil tank removed, a new tank installed, or oil tank remediation services are required, contact All American Environmental for a quote on servicing your property.
You can also contact us for COVID-19 disinfecting services for your home or business to keep your property sanitary.