Oil Tank Removal
Old and rusting oil tanks pose a variety of safety, environmental, economic and legal problems for homeowners. The biggest safety and environmental concerns are soil and groundwater contamination caused by oil leaks. Financial and legal concerns include the cost of oil tank removal, the cost of site decontamination, and the risk of running afoul of environmental laws.
Oil tanks are susceptible to corrosion
Petroleum products are normally stored in underground steel tanks for safety reasons. But while steel is robust and fairly impenetrable, it is not immune to rust. Gradually, corrosion holes appear, grow bigger over time and dig deeper until they breach the tank shell, causing the oil to leak into the soil. This can be potentially hazardous to health and the environment.
The causes of oil tank corrosion
Corrosion is caused by the chemical reaction that occurs when iron-based metals are exposed to the oxygen present in the environment. The product is known as rust. The speed at which steel turns into rust depends on certain variables such as the quality of the steel, thickness of the tank, amount of moisture surrounding the tank, acidity, amount of water in the tank, and abrasions or damages done to the tank during and after installation.
When a suspected discharge from a tank has occurred, it’s critically important to use a company that is recognized and trusted by NJDEP, insurance carriers, and mortgage companies alike. You’ll have peace of mind knowing one of the most knowledgeable and trusted names in the New Jersey environmental field is behind you. We work rapidly to determine the quickest and most economical method of cleaning up your site and obtaining a closure form the NJDEP.
Locating an underground oil tank
You will know where your oil tank is located if you installed it yourself. But if you have bought a house and the previous owner didn’t tell you the location of the tank, then you can locate it by looking for tell-tale signs like vents, filler pipes, and disconnected oil lines jutting out the foundation wall. A more precise method is to use equipment like a metal detector, radio frequency locator or ground penetrating radar.
Tank Abandonment In-Place
When trying to sell your home or business in New Jersey, mortgage and insurance companies are reluctant to work properties with an abandoned in place tank. The customer then ends up paying once again to have the tank removed. Some towns do not allow abandonment in place unless there are structural issues involved. If a tank must be abandoned in place, we will test soil below the tank to prove there has been no leakage. You will have this soil analysis on record to show potential buyers and their mortgage/insurance company.
Oil tank removal procedure
Before removing the tank, public utility lines on the property (if any) are marked, and the required permit applications are filled out. The tank is carefully dug out, and any remaining oil or fuel is safely removed. The tank is then cut, and the remaining contents (sludge) is vacuumed and cleaned by OSHA certified technicians. The tank shell and piping are disposed of at a recycling facility.
If your tank is regulated by NJDEP, All American will ensure that registration is current. We provide site supervision with one of our LSRPs and will prepare and submit a closure plan to the NJDEP Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks. If post excavation sampling is required, we will perform it in accordance with all applicable NJDEP guidance documents. When the underground tank has been removed, we will de-list it from the NJDEP Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks database, submit all required regulatory data and reports, and issue a final Response Action outcome to the NJDEP.
Why should you hire us for tank removal?
We specialize in oil tank removal services and have many years of experience. Our professionally trained staff have removed over 12,000 storage tanks in more than 100 towns in New Jersey. On average we remove about 225 tanks per year. We visit each site and take the time to explain the entire process from start to finish. We handle the permitting process and coordinate all inspections. Our staff is OSHA-trained and certified by the NJDEP. View more reasons why you should hire us:
- Custom solutions: Every site is different and needs a custom solution. We specialize in creating site-specific solutions
- Cutting-edge technology: We use the latest cutting-edge technology and equipment, which ensures accuracy and precision
- Fewer days and lower costs: We strive to complete each project in the shortest time possible so as to minimize the costs to our customers
- Environmentally-friendly: We are committed to protecting the environment and take pains to make sure that our solutions are environmentally-friendly. After a tank is detected, we will remove it and dispose of it in compliance with state regulations. We will dispose of the tank, oil, and sludge in an environmentally-friendly manner. We will then backfill using only certified clean fill, compact the area, re-grade, and hand-rake the worked space
- Regulatory requirements: We have the expertise and experience in addressing regulatory requirements for oil tank removal. After the removal, we will provide you with the copies of disposal receipts, which you are required to submit to the authorities for final approval.
Call us today for your tank solutions
Do you have an old above ground or underground oil tank that needs to be removed and are googling “oil tank removal near me”? Get in touch with us. We will provide you with the highest-quality, environmentally friendly and inexpensive costs to remove service. We have complete NJ oil removal tank certification. Give us a call or send us an email. One of our knowledgeable and friendly oil tank removal nj representatives will be happy to assist you.