In New Jersey, oil tank remediation is necessary whenever and wherever there is an underground oil tank that has outlived its useful life and begun leaking damaging oil into the surrounding soil. The NJDEP oil tank regulations stipulate that such leaks and the cleanup of the environment be conducted by trained and licensed personnel. Oil Tank NJ Pros works with several Licensed Site Remediation Professional’s(LSRPs) who have extensive experience dealing with oil tank cleanup projects. In NJ, oil tank leak remediation is serious business and requires a serious and committed firm to undertake properly.
How To Know If You Have An Oil Tank Leak
· If you experience an unexplained increase in your heating oil consumption, even though there is no corresponding cold weather.
· If there is a significant amount of water inside your underground oil tank
· If you smell oil or petroleum like odors in the area around your oil tank
· If the vegetation around your buried oil tank begins to die unexpectedly
Signs of An Oil Leak When An Underground Tank Is Removed
· Corrosion holes in the removed tank
· Soil discoloration in the hole where the tank once rested
· Visible oil or strong odors of oil in the excavation hole
· Groundwater in the excavation site has the tell tale sheen of oil on its surface
If any of the above circumstances are present when an underground oil tank is removed, the contractor responsible for the removal is required to contact the NJDEP and submit a report. A case number will then be assigned to the property. Once the case number is assigned, Oil Tank NJ Pros, can work with you to determine the best course of action for the oil tank remediation phase.
As previously mentioned, Oil Tank NJ Pros, has several LSRPs on staff whose primary responsibility is the cleanup of environmental damage related to leaking oil. They will determine the best method for removing the oil from the soil and the groundwater if necessary. They will handle all the analysis and coordination with laboratories as well as any necessary paperwork. Finally, they will ensure that the homeowner receives certification that the area is now considered clean.
In some instances, a contractor will try to convince you to have soil samples taken before an oil tank is removed. Unless there are valid reasons that the tank cannot be removed (usually due to nearby structures or buildings) soil samples prior to tank removal are unnecessary and costly. In the majority of cases, soil samples will not be necessary unless the tank has already been removed from the ground and has been determined to have been leaking.
To ensure proper and effective oil tank removal and oil tank remediation, contact the experts at Oil Tank NJ Pros. With over 30 years of experience we have the knowledge and skills to properly handle any oil tank remediation project.