Frequently Asked Questions about Soil Remediation

Frequently Asked Questions about Soil Remediation

Homes that have recently been under construction for one reason or another can sometimes have small construction accidents that contaminate the ground. This can have several negative effects – chemicals can contaminate the water supply, destroy the ground for any agricultural activities and have severe financial consequences.

In New Jersey (NJ) homeowners that have experienced the rupture of an underground storage tank, have recently applied pesticides, and have taken part in oil fuel dumping or any other type of activity that would cause waste to percolate through the soil are responsible for cleaning up the mess.

If you need more information about soil remediation, or need to perform testing to see if your soil is contaminated, contact your local soil remediation experts to discuss the process.

One of the most common causes of soil contamination and in turn, the need for soil remediation, is the recent rupture of an oil tank. Removing your underground oil tank is the best solution to prevent this from happening.

If it has already happened to you, you may have some questions about what will happen to your NJ home in the process of soil remediation. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about soil remediation.

How Is the Soil Remediated?

The most frequently selected method for treating contaminated soil on your residential property is known as Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE). It is a simple process that physically separates contaminants from the soil.

Because the process is simple, SVE is designed to remove chemicals that evaporate quickly. A vacuum is applied through a system of underground wells, pulling contaminates to the surface in the form of a vapor or a gas.

What if the Contaminants Aren’t Easily Evaporated?

SVE isn’t able to remove contaminated in a very wet area – otherwise known as an overly saturated stretch of land. At properties where the contamination is in a saturated zone, a process call air sparging may be used along with the SVE system.

Air sparging pushes air into the soil with the goal of bubbling the contaminants up to the surface into an unsaturated zone where the SVE system can remove them. This will occur if the chemicals have seeped very far into the ground and are unreachable by the SVE system, which general operates on a shallow part of the land.

Why Consider SVE or Air Sparging?

Both of these methods are very effective at removing chemicals from the soil. The Addition of an air sparging system pulls chemicals out of the ground from even lower, ensuring the cleanliness of the land and the decontamination of the water supply and soil.

Both of the technologies are relatively simple to install and can be used effectively in tandem with other soil treatment technologies. They are also effective in a variety of property conditions.

Will SVE and Air Sparging Always Work?

Both of these methods are good choices at sites contaminated with solvents, volatile organic compounds and fuels. If your soil has become contaminated because of a ruptured underground or above ground oil tank, an SVE system is the way to go.

The performance of these systems will depend on the properties of the soil. More saturated soils will have a harder time with decontamination and the systems will have to work harder in order to get the process completely clean.

A local NJ soil remediation expert will be able to answer any further questions you have about soil decontamination for your NJ home.

At Tank Solutions, our goal is to make the process of soil remediation as quick and easy as possible, while getting the job done right. For more information on how we can help decontaminate your soil, contact us.