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

Underground Oil Tank Leaks

The Breakdown of What Happens When an Underground Oil Tank Has Leaked

You love your little home. It was perfect for you and your spouse when you first got married; small and cozy. However, now your home is just a little too small as your family has continued to grow through the years. You have taken the right steps and contacted a real estate agent to put your house on the market. Over the years, you have come to find out that there is an underground oil tank on your property but it really has not been a big concern for you. It never caused a problem for you and really was not something that you thought of as any kind of an issue. Your real estate agent advises you, however, that the presence of an underground oil tank on the property could potentially ruin the sale of your house and that you should have it removed. You agree and begin the process of removing the tank. Once the oil tank is located, though, you are made aware that there is a grave problem: the underground oil tank is corroded and has leaked.

The problem that these prospective buyers came across is not one that is uncommon. There are many homeowners that will tend to overlook or just simply ignore the presence of an underground oil tank until they are faced with some sort of a problem because of it. At that point, it could be too late and the oil tank may cause a huge problem for the property and be a very costly burden. The problem that is caused by an underground oil tank leak is the fact that the soil and ground around the oil tank becomes contaminated by the reminisce that has been left in the underground oil tank.

When an underground oil tank leaks, New Jersey’s Department of Agriculture must be alerted. They are essentially put on notice that the leak exists that the homeowner is going to begin work to bring the soil back to environmental safe levels which is a necessity. The process of completely cleaning out the soil can be a time consuming (and money consuming) one. However, there are a variety of grants that may be available to the homeowner to be able to offset the costs.

  The Entech Group, Inc. understands the headache that a home owner can go through when they are faced with an underground oil tank that has leaked followed by remediation. We are able to provide each client with a hands on experience of being able to explain each step of what the process will be after a full assessment performed by our team of professionals. We will also work with our clients to look into alternate ways of funding what can be a potentially very expensive project. The Entech Group is proud to be able to provide their underground oil tank removal and remediation services throughout New Jersey. Please call our office today at 800-571-8661 to schedule your consultation or visit our website at to learn more about our underground oil tank removal services.

Finding an Underground Oil Tank on a Property in New Jersey

What Should You Do If An Underground Oil Tank is Found on Your Property?

There are a number of reasons why a property owner may want to find out whether or not their property is home to an underground oil tank. In recent years, underground oil tanks have become a hot topic of discussion when it comes to environmental care. If an underground oil tank is present on your property and goes unchecked there is a potential that the underground oil tank will eventually decay to the point where a hole develops thereby causing a leak. The danger with this leak is that the reminisce of what was left in the underground oil tank can cause soil contamination. If soil contamination occurs, the soil will need to be completely remediated in order to bring the soil back to the environmental standards that it must meet.

The question now becomes where do you start if you believe that there may be an underground oil tank on your property. The answer is to call a company such as the Entech Group. The Entech Group, for example, will come out to your property and use a device called a magnetometer to scan your property and to locate if there are any metal objects in the ground. Based off of those findings, we would be able to determine if an oil tank is present and the exact location.

Once the underground oil tank is located, it will then be determined whether or not action needs to be taken for the tank. The first thing that will be determined is whether or not the oil tank has been abandoned. Abandoning an oil tank is a process in which the oil tank is essentially taken out of working capacity without removing the tank itself. It is important to remember, however, that while abandonment can seem like a quick fix option, the only way to completely guarantee avoiding any environmental liability is to have the oil tank removed. The next step will be to determine whether the underground oil tank has leaked. This is done by sampling the soil around the location of the oil tank. If it is found that the tank has leaked, the property owner will need to not only have the oil tank removed but have soil remediation completed on the property to ensure that the property meets environmental standards. In the alternative, however, if it is determined that the soil has not been contaminated, the property owner will be able to move forward with simply having the oil tank removed before any leak has the possibility of taking place.

The Entech Group will work hands on with each one of its clients as we understand that each underground oil tank matter is completely different. We promise to do the best we can to work within each client’s expectations regarding both time and cost. The process of dealing with an underground oil tank, its removal and possible remediation can be a headache for any homeowner; working with the Entech Group can make this process much smoother and quicker. Please call our office today at 800-571-8661 to find out more about your underground oil tank options or visit our website at

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