Oil Tank Sweep NJ – Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you’re selling or buying a property in New Jersey, it’s always sensible to arrange for an oil tank sweep to be carried out before any contracts are exchanged. It goes without saying that older properties should be swept. However, even newer properties should be checked. It’s always possible they could have been constructed on a site that has a UST (Underground Storage Tank) that nobody knows about.
Many homes were heated using oil at one time or another. Even if they are now gas-heated, it is possible an unknown storage tank could be buried somewhere on the grounds. It is vital for homebuyers to guarantee they don’t take possession of a property that is contaminated. If an abandoned tank leaks and contaminates the soil, a cleanup is extremely expensive.
What should you know about arranging an oil tank sweep? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions.
What Are Underground Oil Tanks?
A UST, or Underground Storage Tank, on a residential property, is a tank that was once used to store the heating fuel that would have been used in the home or on the site. Oil tanks should always be maintained appropriately, and if they are no longer used, they should be removed. However, all too often, homeowners find this has not happened.
How Would I Know If My Property Had A Hidden UST?
Since underground storage tanks are buried beneath the ground it is possible to never know. By hiring the services of a professional tank search company, they will be able to determine whether there is a UST on the site.
How Is A Tank Search Carried Out?
A professional tank search will involve a qualified technician examining the interior of the property to see if there is any sign of an oil tank inside the home. He or she will then examine the property’s exterior using a noninvasive method, such as a radar, that can penetrate the ground, metal detectors, a radio frequency locator or magnetometry. USTs are typically manufactured from steel. These instruments can, therefore, easily detect the presence of the tank and determine its precise location.
Who Should Pay for The Tank Search – The Buyer or The Seller?
Usually, if a home is being sold, a buyer will ask for the oil tank sweep and will arrange it. However, should a tank be discovered on the site, and if there has been any contamination to the soil, then the seller will generally have to take responsibility for the tank removal and any remediation required. However, there is room for maneuvering and negotiations can take place between both parties.
How Do I Prepare My Home for A Tank Sweep?
You will need to ensure the technician can access your basement and any vehicles are off the driveway so the whole property can be effectively searched.
What Will Happen If the Technician Finds an Oil Tank on The Property?
Should a hidden oil tank be discovered as part of the search, a removal can then be arranged. A reliable and reputable tank removal company, such as All American Environmental, can carry out an environmentally friendly removal that meets all regulatory requirements at a price you can afford.
If you need to arrange an oil tank sweep in NJ for your property, contact All American Environmental today and find out how we can help you.