The earth in which we live takes on a lot of wear and tear over the years. With a constantly growing population, our earth is exposed to more damaging elements than ever before. Some of it we as humans can prevent and some of it we simply cannot. The fact is that accidents happen. Whether it’s an oil leak, a waste dumping, or or some other toxic exposure to land, air, or water, it may be the result of human error or human accident. But regardless of the cause, remediation services are immediately necessary. A valuable environmental remediation services team will have the ability to handle cases big and small from the onset investigation all the way to the final cleanup and introduction of new soil.
If an oil leak or any other dangerous contaminant is thought to have pervaded nearby soil, water, or air, it is important to immediately contact a professional. A licensed soil remediation professional will come to the site to first run tests on the soil to judge whether it has been contaminated. Groundwater comes into question only if groundwater is encountered during the soil excavation phase. If groundwater is suspected to have come into contact with a contaminant, remediation services will utilize NJDEP regulations for the next steps to take.
The first step after the initial investigation is to immediately remove any soil or groundwater that has been contaminated. It’s important to do this promptly, so that no further soil or water will become contaminated. If the root of the cause was something like a leaking oil tank, this too will be removed during this process. Because toxic matter is involved, the soil and oil tank must be disposed of properly and carefully, as to cause the least damage to the earth as possible. In fact, there are licensed waste facilities meant to deal with this type of waste.
After removal of the toxic materials, some soil and water samples will be sent to NJDEP labs for further analysis. This analysis will be able to pinpoint exactly what was permeating the ground, for how long, etc. During the analysis phase, the licensed professionals handling the property will also be in close contact with insurance companies. Especially in the case that groundwater was contaminated, insurance companies must be contacted due to liability issues. The insurance company will also help the remediation services determine the purity of the groundwater and help strengthen the analysis.
Following completion of any remediation services, new soil will eventually be brought into replace the old, contaminated soil. New grass may also need to be planted depending on the landscape demolition during the cleanup process. The introduction of new soil and plants will encourage new life to again begin and a clean earth to again prosper. Also following completion of remediation services, a report will be prepared logging all of the remediation activity. This report is sent to the NJDEP who will determine if your property requires any further action in terms of remediation services.
It’s important to take pride in this land we call on our own. And while these reactive remediation measures are important, it’s also important that we begin focusing on newer, preventative measures. Keep an eye on the age of your oil tank and have it periodically monitored for leaks. Be aware of how you dispose of toxic household items as well, and how much pollution your car is emitting. All of these things can play a big part in the cleanliness of our Earth. For any questions or concerns regarding remediation services, give our trained professionals at Oil Tank Solutions a call.