If you’ve gotten this far on our website, chances are we don’t have to tell you anymore how much of a challenge an underground oil tank can be for a homeowner. Not only are they an environmental hazard but they are a liability issue and a potentially high cost problem. An oil tank leak is the kind of problem that can only be solved by a contractor who has the knowledge, experience and skills for the job. It’s not something just anyone can do. So who and what should you look for when hiring someone to do this important job? We have a few suggestion for you to follow.
Well, you've heard the saying "All good things must come to an end"? Well, it's still true. Basically, the state ran out of money. To quote www.state.nj.us:
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT EFFECTIVE MAY 3, 2011, NEW UST FUND APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED OR PROCESSED DUE TO INSUFFICIENT FUNDS. New UST Fund applications will be date stamped at the time of receipt and held until such time as sufficient funding becomes available. At that time applications will be reviewed and processed based on the order of receipt.
I have to show you an article I just came across in North Jersey news (northjersey.com) about what happens if you don't do your homework, or take care of a problem in it's right time (depends which side of the fence your on).
When choosing an above ground oil tank, here is a list of "must have's".
- Make Sure The Footing Is Secure
We use a concrete or cement pad to place the tank on. If you don't, you will have corrosion
- Galvanized Steel Outer Tank
To prevent corrosion
- High Density Polyethylene Inner Tank
To prevent rust and give shock resistence
- Make sure It's Legal
obtain the required permits and arrange for inspection
There are many methods to test for underground tank leakage. So what's the prefered method? Although no method is foolproof, soil testing is the most accurate and reliable method. This manual method consists of boring holes around the perimeter of the tank and taking soil samples, sort of like a biopsy of the soil.
The samples are then tested for any oil leakage, and if positive, you know there is a leaker. The benefit of using soil testing is that besides knowing if it's leaking, we also get a feel for how much it's leaking.
out of site - out of mind, right? Not when it comes to oil tanks. The soil is not the best place to put metals that can easily corrode and rust, but that's where our grandaddies thought it would be best placed. The problem is that when it does leak, it causes a lot of damage both the eco system, and to the owners wallet.
This is especially true in New Jersey, where many of the soil types are more conducive to causing decay.
Getting rid of that old oil tank isn't just a good idea, it's a must.
We offer a free, no obligations estimate, advice, and consultation.
Oil Tank Services
505 East First Avenue
Roselle, NJ 07203
TOLL FREE: (866) 675-TANK 
Local: (908) 241-5011, (908) 241-5503
Fax: (908) 241-5155
Fully insured and licensed by the
New Jersey Department Of Environmental Protection
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