Avoiding Environmental Hazards from Oil Tanks

Today most houses aren’t built with heating oil tanks. If your home was built more than forty years ago there’s a good chance it still has a heating oil tank. Some houses have been updated with a new heating option and have an empty heating oil tank sitting on the property. It is estimated that even a drained oil tank can have five to ten gallons of sludge left behind in the tank. An oil tank sitting on the property, aging slowly can create an environmental hazard that can destroy the property.

Many of these oil tanks are on residential properties, they were exempt from federal regulation, and many were installed predating any regulation at all. However, if one of these oil tanks begin to leak oil in the environment and contaminate the soil, the property is no longer exempt, and the property owner could be liable. If you are in a commercial property the oil tank could be located underground and the environmental damage may not be visible.

What to do about the Oil Tank

An oil tank must be removed to prevent damage. An improperly removed oil tank, or an oil tank that isn’t being used cant just sit to rust away.

How to remove the oil tank

Oil tank removal isn’t extremely difficult however it is important to hire a qualified professional for the job. Even the smallest heating oil leaks from oil tanks can cause the groundwater to become contaminated. A contractor needs to be licensed, registered and insured. They should also have a large level of insurance. Tslack for commercial and Oil Tank Solutions for residential jobs brings five million dollars of environmental insurance to every job they do.

What is soil remediation?

On site remediation takes care of the ground around the oil tank. From an environmental perspective. The goal of remediation is to reduce the amount of contaminates in the soil. If there’s a spill before or during removal, there must be an emergency spill response to avoid further contamination. The groundwater and soil must be sampled and potentially needing chemical injections to ensure the environment. There must be reports submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection to keep the property clean.

Do I need soil remediation?

To find out if you need remediation a technician will look for corrosion in the oil tank. The excavation area will be inspected once the oil tank is removed from the ground, checking for soil discoloration and strong odors in the ground. A final indicator is if the groundwater in the excavation has an oily sheen. If any of these take place, the official will contact the NJDEP and get a soil remediation case number for the property. The NJDEP sets the standard for oil tank removal and site remediation. The property will need to be brought back to standard. Tank solutions has a Licensed Site Remediation Professional rather than hiring an outside consultant. When the oil tank is removed any excavating on the site will be thoroughly tested as well. The ground must be cleared and clean without contaminants.

Slack has been an industry leader, handling all aspects of residential oil tank removal. Oil Tank Solutions specialize in commercial oil tank removal. They perform above ground and underground oil tank removal, tank removal under existing structures, they provide proper product removal and disposal. They provide vacuum truck service and certified clean back fill. They provide tank locating services and can investigate soil. If they find a soil contamination, they can provide disposal, transportation and management of the hazardous soil. They have in house LSRP service as well as an in house sub-service evaluator.

With thirty years of experience, they have a reputation and commitment to excellence. T. Slack Environmental Services an industry leader in commercial oil tank removal in New Jersey. Oil Tank Solutions is the authority in residential tank services, and soil remediation services as well.. Call them today at 908 – 964 – 5360 for all of your environmental services, no job is too big or to small.