What You Should Know About Oil Tank Removal In New Jersey
Oil Tanks, either above ground or underground have been used for heating homes, and other commercial applications for years. For the most part oil and other petroleum has been stored in oil tanks made of steel. Oil tanks have a limited life in a salt air state like New Jersey. Just like anything made of metal, left outside rust starts forming on these tanks. Eventually corrosion holes wear through the tank, or at the welded seams after years of weather and abuse.
Today, thanks to requirements set up by the state and federal government, there are more technologically efficient ways to heat buildings, a lot of these tanks have fallen into disrepair or disuse. If you have one of these tanks, it’s not as though you can just throw them in the dumpster or toss them out in front of the house for municipal bulk pick up.
What Could Go Wrong
Aging oil tanks in need of removal have a number of environmental liabilities, especially heating tanks that were buried under ground. An improperly removed oil tank, or an oil tank that isn’t being used can’t just sit to rust away. Even the smallest heating oil leaks from oil tanks can cause the groundwater to become contaminated.
Because many of these oil tanks are on residential properties, most of these oil tanks are exempt from federal regulation, and many were installed predating any regulation at all. However, if one of these oil tanks begin to leak oil in the environment and contaminate the soil, the property is no longer exempt, and the property owner could be liable.
What Will Happen
While most oil tanks may not be leaking, this is not a project for the average homeowner. Site remediation alone involves excavating of contaminated soil, groundwater treatment as well as disposal of contaminated soil. If there’s a spill during removal, there must be an emergency spill response to avoid further contamination. The groundwater and soil must be sampled and potentially needing chemical injections. And there must be reports submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection to begin with. Unless you have 30 years of experience in this business this is not a project to try to complete on your own.
Oil tank removal in New Jersey is not a weekend project for even the bravest of weekend warriors. For over thirty years T. Slack Environmental Services has been removing above ground and underground oil tanks. And with every job they have over $5,000,000 in pollution and liability insurance for their clients.
How We Can Help
Slack has been an industry leader, handling all aspects of oil tank removal. They perform above ground and underground oil tank removal, tank removal under existing structures as well as proper product removal and disposal. They provide vacuum truck service and certified clean back fill. They provide tank locating services and can investigate soil. If they find a soil contamination, they can provide disposal, transportation and management of the hazardous soil. They have in house LSRP service as well as an in house sub-service evaluator.
With thirty years of experience, they have a reputation and commitment to excellence that has made T. Slack Environmental Services an industry leader in oil tank removal in New Jersey. They are the authority in commercial tank services, residential tank services and soil remediation services. Call them today at 908 – 964 – 5360 for all of your environmental services, no job is too big or to small.