Soil Testing NJ
It is not uncommon for someone to consider purchasing a property in New Jersey only to find that there is an underground oil tank on the property which has been abandoned or decommissioned. The tank has been cleaned out and filled in with an inert material. The property seller has certifications from local or state authorities that the tank was taken out of service properly and the property is safe from contamination. Is soil testing NJ necessary in such a case?
Despite all of the certifications about oil tanks being decommissioned properly, if the property owner cannot provide a soil test report it is critical that the new buyer request a soil test be done. Proper decommissioning of the tank is not a guarantee that the soil surrounding the tank was not contaminated before the tank was taken out of service.
Recent years have seen many homeowners discovering that even though the buried oil tank on their property was properly decommissioned and certified, there is soil contamination that occurred prior to the decommissioning. In each of these cases, the homeowner bought a property on the basis of decommissioning certifications without insisting that a soil test report be provided. One of the benefits of soil testing is the assurance that there is no contamination.
Now that these original purchasers are trying to sell their property the new buyers are requesting soil testing New Jersey. They are finding that the soil around the buried tanks is in fact contaminated. The saddest part is that the property owners are now obligated to pay all of the associated clean up costs before they are able to sell. With clean up costs running as high as 10’s of thousands of dollars the wisdom in getting your soil tested is becoming clear. If the soil had been tested before purchasing the property these owners would not be facing expensive clean up now.
There are several answers to the question “Where can you get your soil tested”? One easy method is to use a soil testing kit from Rutgers New JerseyAgricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension. An easier way is to have soil testing performed by a professional environmental services firm. Either way, it is critical to have soil tests performed around abandoned oil tanks before purchasing a property in New Jersey.