Many New Jersey properties come complete with an old home oil tank that is buried somewhere on the property. While burying an oil tank seemed to be a brilliant idea in the past, we are now finding out how dangerous this practice is to the environment. Older tanks that were built before 1980 are prone to corrosion and leaking, which allows dangerous oil to leach into the soil, groundwater and air that we breathe. If you have one of these old oil tanks buried on your property, you certainly want to have it removed, but there are some key considerations before you do.
Is your tank already leaking? If you have a leaking tank, your costs are going to be much higher than simply removing the tank. All of the oil, which has leaked from the tank, needs to be cleaned up, and this means removing all the contaminated soil. It also means you will need a firm that employs a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) to certify that the cleanup was performed according to NJ state regulations.
How much will NJ oil tank removal cost? Oil tank removal costs can vary widely from one company to another, so be sure to get several quotes before choosing your oil tank removal company. Also, be sure to get the quote in writing and make sure it includes items like repair of your existing landscaping, any fees for permits, the cost for cleanup if it is found that the oil tank has leaked, and all costs for labor and materials.
Are you eligible for the NJ oil tank removal program? You may be eligible for a grant from New Jersey to cover the cost of removing your old oil tank. Unfortunately, even though the state is still accepting applications, it can take up to 2 years to find out if you are eligible for the grant. If your tank is leaking, however, you are automatically eligible. Even so, it can still take a long time to receive the grant money, and in the meantime you are responsible for paying the costs of cleanup and tank removal.
Do you know the NJ oil tank removal regulations? While you do not need to know all of the regulations regarding NJ oil tank removal, you should at least be familiar with the basics. For example, NJ law requires contractors to be licensed to perform oil tank removal in NJ. In addition, if there has been an oil leak and contamination of the soil, the firm doing the cleanup is required to employ a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP).
Is abandonment a better alternative versus NJ oil tank removal? Some companies will try to convince you that abandonment is a better choice versus oil tank removal. In most cases, this is not true because of the additional costs associated with abandonment. The soil surrounding the tank must be tested for potential oil tank leaks, there is the cost of removing and disposing of any remaining oil or sludge in the tank, and there is the cost of the foam used to fill the abandoned oil tank.
If you have an old oil tank that needs to be removed from your NJ property, I hope these tips have given you a useful way to start your search for a NJ oil tank removal company. ANCO Environmental Services, Inc meets all NJ state regulations and licensing requirements, and they are professional, affordable, and easy to work with. ANCO employs over 40 oil tank removal professionals, and has completed over 20,000 tank removals during their 30 years in business. They are proud of the fact that they also own all of their equipment, meaning none of their customers ever gets delayed because of a subcontracting error. Contact them today for a professional and affordable quotation.