Soil Remediation
Some contractors may talk you into soil testing or collecting soil samples prior to oil tank removal. Soil samples should ONLY be collected if the underground storage oil tank is determined to be leaking once it is removed from the ground,

There are four key things to look for when determining if the underground storage tank has leaked once it has been removed:

  • Tank Solutions technicians and town inspectors will look to see if there are any corrosion holes in the oil tank, as this is usually the first sign that oil may have leaked.
  • Tank Solutions and town inspectors will look at the excavation area once the oil tank is removed from the ground; looking for soil discoloration.
  • Strong oil odour in the excavation.
  • The final indication of a leaking oil tank is if groundwater is present in the excavation and has an oily sheen.

If any one or all of the above occur during the oil tank removal process and the Township Official fails the tank, we are required to take the following steps in for soil remediation.

STEP1. Contact

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and get a soil remediation case number for the property. The NJDEP is the government body that sets the standards for oil tank removal and soil remediation.

STEP2. Sub Surface Evaluation

Tank Solutions has on staff a Sub Surface Evaluator and a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) who oversees the remediation project from beginning to end. We do not delegate something this important to an outside consultant.

STEP3. Excavation of Site

Once the noticeably contaminated soil is removed, field screening will be performed to determine if all contamination has been excavated. Once the soil is screened and determined to be clean, then soil samples will be collected from the excavation area and final soil testing will be completed, to determine if any additional soil remediation is required.

STEP4. Completion of work

The open excavation is then backfilled with certified clean fill, graded and grass seed and hay are put down. When the analysis of the samples is completed by a State Certified Laboratory and returned to Tank Solutions, we then generate a report for the home owner and the NJDEP. Once the NJDEP has all the appropriate paperwork showing the removal of the oil tank and the completion of all soil remediation, they then issue a certificate to indicate that everything was completed to their satisfaction.

Finding a leaking oil tank, having to go through digging up your property to remove the oil tank and then going through a complete remediation process is not easy. We want you to know that WE ARE WITH YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY! We are always available to answer questions as a responsible & helpful soil remediation company in NJ. We try to make process as smooth as it can possibly be under the circumstances.