08 Sep What is Soil Remediation, and Why do You Need It?
Soil remediation is the cleaning or removal of contaminated soil. It makes homes, yards, and neighborhoods safer for residents. Quality soil remediation can improve your home’s value. It can also improve your family’s health.
Sometimes called “soil washing,” soil remediation is a strategic process that removes contaminants from the ground around your home.
New Jersey Soil Contamination
Dangerous soil contaminants near your home could include:
- Heavy metals like arsenic
- Volatiles and semivolatile (substances that can catch fire or explode in relatively moderate temperatures)
- And hydrocarbons (mostly fuel residues or petroleum).
New Jersey’s Industrial History: Why Homeowners Need Soil Remediation Services
New Jersey has a long and proud history of industry. Since the 1790s, “The Garden State” has been home to incredible technology and industrial applications.
- Early fur trade with Native Americans evolved into prime clothing and hat manufacturing and gave birth to Newark and Orange communities.
- Factories and plants sprung up near our New Jersey iron mines.
- Then, advances in water power and a ready workforce of recent immigrants made New Jersey a source of manufacturing pride.
- Railways and canals found their way through the state, improving infrastructure, but scarring the environment.
And with these advancements came industrial by-products — hazardous materials and noxious chemicals — that were randomly dumped into the uninhabited wilderness.
Back then, we didn’t fully understand the dangers of hazardous waste. Toxic substances were dumped into waterways, buried in the wilderness, or simply discarded by the roadside.
Now, fast-forward a few centuries. We know the dangers of contaminated soil, and we have the technology to improve it.
What is Contaminated Soil?
New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste defines it as soil that contains contaminants, whether they come from intentional dumping or unintentional spills or leaks of a hazardous substance, or the existence of a natural contaminant at unsafe levels.
Is Contaminated Soil Dangerous?
Yes, by definition, contaminated soil is dangerous.
Depending on the hazardous substance(s), contaminated soil at your home can:
- Exacerbate asthma and allergies
- Lead to long-term chronic breathing problems
- Catch fire easily, or explode
Just as there are various toxic substances, there are different methods for coping with them. Here at Oil Tank Solutions, we provide four primary types of soil remediation: bioremediation, thermal soil remediation, air sparging, and encapsulation. Depending on the pollutants involved, our professional, certified team of soil remediation specialists determine the best techniques on a case-by-case basis.
If you’re selling a home, buying a home, building a home, or want a safer yard and a healthier family, contact us.