Removing An Underground Oil Tank vs. Abandoning An Underground Oil Tank

What Is The Difference and What Is The Best Option?

When it comes to the subject of the presence of an underground oil tank on your property, there are many things that the property owner must consider. Typically, there is a specific reason for the property owner to want to investigate the presence of an underground oil tank which usually entails the sale of the property. These days, when it comes to selling a home or property, having an unused underground oil tank can sometimes make or break your deal. That being said, once the underground oil tank is found, the property owner has many other decisions to make when it comes to treating the tank.

A major concern of any property owner when it comes to an underground oil tank should always be contamination. It is important to remember that underground oil tanks have an average ‘life span’ before it begins to corrode. That life span is typically 15 years. Any time an underground oil tank is still in the ground, regardless of whether has been used recently or not, there is a high chance for corrosion and, in turn, soil contamination. When a property owner makes the decision that their underground oil tank is no longer needed or happen to find an underground oil tank on their property that they did not know about, they have two options: total removal or abandonment.

In the State of New Jersey, there are certain standards that must be met for either removal or abandonment. Between the two options, it is always advisable to completely remove the underground oil tank due to the fact that this completely takes away any possibility of future soil contamination. Remediation due to soil contamination can be a costly and time consuming process that no home owner wants to deal with down the line. While simply abandoning an underground oil tank can seem like the simpler process, total removal takes away any future stress or worry. Regardless of what process is chosen, however, it is important that the home owner has the soil around the underground oil tank tested for contamination, even if the tank has not reached that 15-year mark. If the soil is contaminated it is better to catch the contamination as soon as possible with hopes that it is a smaller area that can be dealt with quickly instead of potential years of contamination.

The Entech Group is proud to be able to help any customer, whether they have decided to pursue the route of abandonment or total removal. We will work with you around any time constraints and budgets to provide you with the best possible options for treating your underground oil tank. Regardless of whether you have chosen abandonment or removal, The Entech Group will guarantee that your project is completed correctly and meet the proper New Jersey standards of either process. To find out more information about removal and abandonment, please call our office today at 800-571-8661 or visit our website at

Understanding how the NJDEP affects your Underground Tank Removal

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)

Many people don’t know what goes on behind the scenes within certain government organizations. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is an important organization to familiarize yourself with, especially for NJ taxpayers who want to live in a healthy environment. When dealing with an underground tank, it’s important to know the laws surrounding them. The NJDEP is the one in charge of the environmental protection ensuring that removing an oil tank is being done properly. Want to know more about the government agency that’s keeping your environment healthy? Here’s a better understanding of what the NJDEP does to keep your environment safe and clean. This is a good resource for any homeowner, real estate agent or attorney who is dealing with the removal of an underground tank.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is the state agency that is responsible for the regulation of toxics and hazards, the recycling of hazardous and solid wastes, the waste and spill cleanups, ensuring water and air, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources. This state agency made its official debut on the first official “Earth Day”, on April 22, 1970. New Jersey became the third state in the country to consolidate its past environmental programs into a major agency to administer aggressive environmental protection and conservation efforts.

For residential homeowners, the NJDEP makes sure that when removing an underground tank, that your rights are protected. They make sure that there is no remediation needed and that all inspections are done properly. This also aids any real estate agents who are trying to sell a home, attorneys finalizing contracts and paperwork and all home inspectors.

The NJDEP is also good for financial institutions such as banks and mortgage companies because before they lend money to a homeowner, they want to make sure there is nothing wrong with land when the new buyers go to move in. If soil remediation is necessary, the banks want to make sure the burden doesn’t fall on the hands of the new homeowners.

When buying or selling your home, homeowners have many rights. Here at the Entech Group Inc., we want to make sure that all parties are covered when knowing their rights. By having the NJDEP set standards and controls around underground tanks and their removal/installation, all areas involved in the process including lawyers, financial institutions and home inspectors can expect the NJDEP to enforce all rules and regulations surrounding tank removal.

The NJDEP is broken down into main program areas: Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability, Compliance and enforcement, Land Use Management, Natural and Historic Resources, Site Remediation and Waste Management Program, Water Resources Management, Councils and Commissions. Within these program areas are then broken into smaller subdivisions, including parks and wildlife, coastal management programs, Parks & Forestry, and many more.

Here at the Entech Group, we are also an environmentally focused company that also believes in doing our individual part to keep the environment healthy. Our professional team is skilled in environmental solutions that not only impact our environment, but also affect the health, livelihood and well being of your colleagues, friends, family and neighbors. Contact us at 800-571-8661 or visit us online at to learn more about our environmentally friendly services and how we can help you make a difference in our environment.

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Remove Your Underground Oil Tank

Contact the Entech Group Inc., to help you with the removal of your underground oil tank

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 ( for more information on oil tank removals.

The Entech Group, Inc.
Office: 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 265, Denville, NJ 07834
Office: 202 Hamilton Blvd., South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Phone: 800-571-8661