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What is Phase I ?

Phase I property site assessments are a procedure in which both the buyers and the sellers of a commercial property investigate past or present environmental issues. It exists mainly to prevent any future legal issues that could arise by making sure all environmental liabilities are clearly disclosed prior to the official transaction. 
 

Is it Necessary to Remove an Underground Oil Tank Before Selling a Home?

There are certain questions we hear all the time. One question we get probably more than any other comes from people preparing to sell their home. They want to to know why they are told they have to remove their underground oil tank in order to sell their home when there are no laws that say this is necessary. While it is true that there is no law that says this must be done, it is unlikely you will be able to sell your home without removing the old tank. 

How to Choose the Right Contractor to Remove Your Underground Oil Tank

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.

So what happened to the grant?

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.

Installing a New Above Ground Oil Tank

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

The Best Test For Tanks

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.

Benefits of removing an old oil tank

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 [8265]
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Fax: (908) 241-5155

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New Jersey Department Of Environmental Protection

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