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Updated: Aug 2, 2023

Why are underground storage tanks a concern?

USTs (underground storage tanks) are a concern because they may leak, causing contamination of the surrounding soil and groundwater. USTs can leak for many reasons, including corrosion, damage from vehicles or equipment, and improper installation or maintenance. USTs may also be abandoned when they are no longer needed. USTs can pose a risk to human health if the contaminants they contain enter drinking water supplies or come into contact with people through direct contact with contaminated soil or water. USTs can also cause fires if the oil they contain ignites.

The dangers of leaking underground heating tanks.

USTs or underground oil tanks are a common type of fueling method for your heating system, but they come with a serious risk of contamination. If the tank develops a leak, the oil can seep into the ground and contaminate the soil and water. This can lead to serious health problems for people who come into contact with contaminated soil or water. In addition, USTs are often located near homes and businesses, so a leak can also cause property damage. USTs should be regularly inspected to ensure that they are in good condition and not leaking. If you have an active UST on your property, it is important to have it checked by a qualified technician regularly.

Underground heating tanks are common in many urban and suburban areas. Often, they are abandoned when homes and businesses convert to natural gas or a more efficient fuel source. While these tanks may seem harmless, they can pose a serious environmental hazard. When left exposed to the elements, heating tanks can leak oil and other chemicals into the ground, contaminating soil and water. In addition, leaking tanks can release methane gas into the air, posing a risk of explosion. Because of these dangers, it is important to have abandoned underground heating tanks removed by a qualified professional. Failure to do so could result in serious environmental damage and put people at risk.

The importance of the removal of USTs

When purchasing or selling a home in New Jersey, having an oil tank sweep performed is imperative to ensure your property is clear of any potential environmental hazards. The EPA has estimated over 100,000 unknown or undiscovered Under Ground Storage Tanks located in New Jersey alone. Half of all oil tanks removed have holes and require environmental cleanup.

There are many reasons why potential buyers of the property need to perform an oil tank sweep and require the removal of any underground storage tanks. First and foremost, these tanks can leak, which can cause environmental contamination and health risks. Additionally, once you purchase the property you inherit all the liability of the property and potential environmental hazards that come with it. This can be a very costly expense ranging from $7,500 to over $200,000 in remediation costs. Finally, if you ever sell your home, most buyers will require that the tank be removed before they proceed with the purchase. In short, there are many good reasons to remove your underground heating tank - so don't delay!

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