Underground Oil Tank’s are regulated in the United States to prevent the release of petroleum and contamination of groundwater, soil and air. These regulations mandate owners and operators of underground oil tanks systems to verify, maintain and clean up sites damaged by Petroleum contamination. Despite this, many underground oil tank systems in New Jersey have been abandoned and left alone. Abandoning a underground oil tank can result in contaminating the water. When it comes to the choice between removing an oil tank or abandoning it, removal is the better option or else you could be held responsible for any soil remediation that is necessary.
Here are five important things to know when planning an underground oil tank removal in New Jersey:
1. Know the procedures you need to follow. Make sure you have the right permits. Homeowners cannot do this work themselves. A construction permit is needed for the initial excavation. Construction demolition, fire and/or plumbing permits are required and must be issued by the municipality’s construction office. Ultimately, the removal of your oil tank will be inspected and approved by town construction officials. The team at Entech Group Inc., can aide you in ensuring the right procedures are being done.
2. Know what the excavation involves. Once construction permits are obtained, the tank is excavated and cut open. Then, the surplus fuel and sludge is pumped out, and the tank is manually cleaned. If no leak is found, the entire tank is taken away to a steel recycling facility. Often times, when a underground oil tank is in excellent condition, the only action necessary is getting a local construction inspection and backfilling the excavation with clean soil. However, if corrosion holes are observed, the soil—in most cases—will be tested.
3. Know the warning signs of a leaking tank. The average lifespan of an Underground Oil Tank is 15 years. Older tanks are at risk for deterioration and corrosion. If you are having trouble with your tank and have noticed that you often need to call for service, you may have a leaking oil tank. Other indicators of a leaking tank are water or excessive sludge in the tank.
4. Know what happens if your tank is, in fact, leaking. The risk of oil leaks means the risk of major cleanup costs. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is notified and a case number is assigned to your property. Your homeowners insurance should be notified of a possible claim. In many cases, homeowners’ insurance will have coverage for third-party liability claims. The soil directly under the tank is checked to make a preliminary determination about the extent of contamination and whether groundwater is contaminated. The open excavation will then be lined with plastic, and filled to grade until a remediation work plan is determined.
5. Choose your company wisely. Entech has over 20 years of experience in New Jersey, with great relations with the NJDEP and major insurance carriers to provide effective solutions for any environmental project. Our professionals are equipped to help deliver the most cost-efficient plans for your underground oil tank removal needs.
The Entech Group, Inc. is an engineering, environmental and construction services company with over 20 years of experience in New Jersey. We provide efficient and effective solutions for removing an oil tank. Our professionals can provide the necessary phases for proper oil tank removals and can determine which technique is better for your circumstances.
Have additional questions? Call us at 1(800) 571-8661 to request a quote or an inspection. Or check out our FAQs (http://www.entechgroupinc.com/oil-tank-services/faqs/) for more information on oil tank removals.