FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if my Oil Tank Leaks or is leaking?

Look on the ground under and around the tank for oil stains. Look under the bottom of the tank as oil leaks often occur in the lower belly of the tank. Look at or run your finger along the tank joining as oil may leak here. Smell the area around the oil tank.

How Much Does is Cost to Remove an Underground Oil Tank?

Underground oil tank average removal cost is in the neighborhood of $2,500. The underground removal cost is justified because it will need to be excavated from the ground. Above ground tanks can cost less to remove.

Does Tank Solutions apply for the permit or do I?

Local construction/fire permits are typically required to be applied for before the tank can be removed. Once the local permits are approved, it is typical that the local inspector will need to be on site for all or a part of the removal activities.

How long does it take to get the oil tank construction permit approved?

New Jersey Townships are allowed 21 business days but in New Jersey you’ll find that most permits are approved within a week or less for oil tank removals. Check out our (#) step process on “How to remove my oil tank?” or “How does the oil tank removal process work” info page which provides some more insight on how it works.

How do you dispose of an oil tank?

Discarding an empty oil tanks (both plastic and metal) should only be taken to State Certified recycling center. Recycling Centers will only accept tanks that are fully drained of any oil, properly cleaned and in some cases need to be broken or cut up into smaller pieces.

How long until work is scheduled?

When you contact Tank Solutions for an oil tank removal in New Jersey and after we have contracted the work and the permit has been approved. We can generally get you on our schedule within 5 to 14 days.

How do I know if my oil tank has been removed?

The easiest way to identify a potential for an underground heating oil tank is to look for a fill pipe and vent pipe at the exterior of the home. Sometimes the pipes will go through the foundation wall of the home. Sometimes they just go down in to the ground. There also could be evidence of fuel oil lines in basement walls and floors.
Will a lender give you a loan if an oil tank is on property? Mortgages and USTs Buried oil tanks can leak over time, and their oil can pollute subsurface soil and also leach into underground water. Mortgage lenders are increasingly wary of residential buried oil tanks and may refuse to provide loans to purchase homes having them.

My tank was abandoned 5-20 years ago. Do I need to remove my Tank?

If the tank is buried, it needs to be removed or filled in place If a fuel oil tank is left buried, it could eventually leak. A leaking underground storage tank (UST) can contaminate the soil as well as the home, creating an environmental hazard that can cost a ridiculous amount of money to clean up.

What is an abandoned oil tank?

Oil Tank Abandonment: In the oil tank abandonment process, the oil tank is not removed from the ground but rather completely deactivated and removed of all oil. Because this process does not involve removing the tank, restoration to the property is minimal.

Is there any law that says I must remove my oil tank before I sell my house?

WHILE commercial-size tanks are regulated by the state Department of Environmental Protection, which requires inspection every three years, underground home heating oil tanks are ordinarily inspected only when taken out of use. A 1998 state law requires such tanks to be officially ”abandoned.

In the Region/New Jersey; When Buying a House, Beware the Buried Oil Tank

LET’S say you are a buying a home and let’s say, despite the current seller’s market, you find a house that you truly love and can afford. The inspector you hire reports the house is perfect. Your hand is hovering over the dotted line. And then suddenly . . . Fear paralyzes you at the mention of a dark presence beneath the property. It’s an oil tank. ”The situation is very common in New Jersey,” said Stuart Lieberman of Princeton, a former state deputy attorney general who now practices real estate and environmental law. ”Panic, even hysteria, is pretty common, too.”

My tank is filled with sand it shouldn’t have any holes in it?

How long does it take to remove oil tank? 90% of tank removal project entail 1 day of work on the subject site. Samples collected at time of removal are typically picked up by the laboratory on the next business day. Analysis takes 5 to 7 business days to complete.

What is an underground storage tank (UST)?

An underground storage tank (UST) system is a tank (or a combination of tanks) and connected underground piping having at least 10 percent of their combined volume underground. The tank system includes the tank, underground connected piping, underground ancillary equipment, and any containment system. The federal UST regulations apply only to UST systems storing either petroleum or certain hazardous substances.

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