Underground Tanks commonly corrode due to the tendency of iron-based metals revert to a stable form after a number of years underground. These stable forms are what we know as rust. There are a few variables such as pH acidity, soil moisture, physical location of the underground oil tanks, backfill material, thickness of the underground oil tanks and age of the underground tanks that determine how fast that steel will turn into rust.
In most cases there are signs that underground tanks are present in your yard. Some of these signs can be a visible vent or filler pipes, oil lines that have been disconnected through the foundation or a concrete channel in the basement that leads to a furnace. If you find any of these, there is a pretty good chance that there is an underground tank.
If you are unsure of whether or not you have an underground oil tank, contact the Entech Group Inc., and we will be able to find out whether or not you have one.
The first thing you should do, before you sign the papers on the house, is to have the underground oil tank checked. You want to make sure that there is no contamination and soil remediation isn’t necessary. If the owner of the house does not have paperwork on the underground oil tank NJ, be sure that an evaluation is done. If you do not have an evaluation done and later on, something happens to the tank, the cost for remediation will be the responsibility of the new owner.
Around the perimeter of the underground oil tanks, a few soil samples are taken to test the presence of petroleum. After that, each sample would then be tested and evaluated and sent to a certified lab in New Jersey for testing. If the underground tank NJ is leaking, oil will be found in the samples.
All soil cleanups are different depending on the size of the contamination and remediation needed but here are some general steps taken for environmental services. If an oil tank removal NJ needs to be performed, according to local codes and practices, there is a construction permit that your specific municipality will require in order for the oil tank removal to occur. Once the oil tank removal NJ is completed, the underground tank will be inspected by a township official. If it appears that the underground oil tank is not corroded, the township official will issue an approval sticker and the underground oil tank will be disposed of at a recycling facility. If holes in the underground tank are present at the time of inspection, the NJDEP will be notified, as required by the State of NJ, and a case number will be opened. Additional environmental services will then be required to close the case number issued by the State of NJ.
For any other additional questions or to learn more about oil tank removal NJ, soil remediation or any of our other environmental services, contact The Entech Group Inc., at 1-800-571-8661 or online at www.Entechgroupinc.com