3 Steps to Disposing of your Oil Tank in NJ

You’ve been living in a home with an oil tank for 15 years, and the time has come that you want to remove your oil tank and dispose of it. You’re aware that the lifespan of an oil tank is only so long, and you’re worried that you haven’t kept up with the proper maintenance of your tank. Instead of hiring someone to inspect and service your tank, you are choosing to instead remove your underground oil tank and switch to a different energy source for your home. What steps will you need to take to appropriately dispose of the oil tank?

There are different processes for different tanks, some steps homeowners can perform on their own and some that they must receive professional assistance. For underground tank, the ground above and surrounding the tank must first be dug up. Appropriate disposal of your oil tank is environmentally important. Oil is considered toxic waste, thus as consumers we need to dispose of the oil and the tank as responsibly and as carefully as possible to protect ecosystems. 

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Removing the Oil

Usually a professional will be called to perform the initial pumping and dumping of your oil tank. In fact many areas do not allow homeowners to attempt this process on their own. Permits are often needed to begin any oil tank excavation project, and it is first ensured that no public water or sewage lines will be in the way. Waste is taken away by a recycler at a reasonable cost, saving you time and worry. Disposing of this oil also depends on whether the oil has been used or not. In this case the oil is probably not yet used and can perhaps be donated to a residential oil tank elsewhere. Nonhazardous oil waste can be taken to the local landfill, while the hazardous waste will be disposed of based on laws set by the state of New Jersey.

Disconnecting the Lines

After the unwanted oil is pumped into a pump truck and taken away from your home, all lines connecting the oil tank to your house will be disconnected. Hopefully another energy source has already been set up previous to this removal, so that your house can stay warm even during the oil tank disposal process.

Scrapping the Tank

Following the removal of oil and the disconnection of all lines to your above ground or underground oil tank, the tank needs to be cleaned. This can also be performed by a specialist in oil tank disposal in NJ. Biodegradable solvents will be used to cut through any leftover sludge, so that the inside of the tank is oil free and can be disposed of safely. An inspector will often be hired to give the tank a thorough examination to ensure there is no hazardous residue left behind on the metal or on the ground where your oil tank was located. The steel that was once your oil tank is then transported to a local scrap yard and the process is finally complete. You are free of your oil tank! The process typically takes three to four hours, but in the case of the underground oil tank there may be some added time to fill in the holes and to replant grass, etc.

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Oil tanks do perpetuate some worry from homeowners, but proper professional maintenance allows for safe use of your oil tank and prevention of any leaks or spills. Just like a lot of things in life, taking the right precautions can make anything worry free. For an oil tank disposal in NJ or any other oil tank service needs, contact us today at Oil Tank Solutions.