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

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