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Soil and Ground Water Sampling in New Jersey

Posted on: March 9th, 2013 by Frank McGuire

Oil tank Removal Ground Contamination In NJNew Jersey law doesn’t require oil tank removal, but tank abandonment should only be an option if soil and ground water sampling is done as a precaution. This procedure can be done before and after tank removal. The only situations that would make tank abandonment conceivable would be related to tank placement. This circumstance deals with oil tanks that are located in areas that would cause harm to your home or workplace if they were to be removed. Locations that would be examples of this are: underneath your basement or underneath newly renovated addition to your home or workplace. In these circumstances tank abandonment would be understood, but not every case of tank abandonment occurring in New Jersey is done under these conditions. Some people are just too busy to be bothered with tank removal. This excuse is not the preferred attitude for home owners, but if it exists than they must use soil and ground water sampling before or after removal.

Most environmental companies do not recommend oil tank abandonment even though it is legal in New Jersey. If available the option of tank removal should always be used. Since oil tanks dispersed underground can have detrimental effects on the environment, it is highly suggested that tank abandonment be rarely used and not the preferred method to rid yourself of your oil tank. In some cases oil tank abandonment can lead to property damage that requires financial loss for you.

In all circumstances where it is possible, oil tanks should simply be removed and replaced not left underground. Certain areas require by law that oil tank removal be obeyed, but New Jersey is not one of these environmentally conscious areas. If tank abandonment is going to be used then caution should be applied. Soil and ground water sampling should be done to ensure that no hazardous waste has been left from the tank after it has been thoroughly cleaned by an oil tank cleaning professional. Under no circumstance should you leave oil in the tank when you dispose of it underground.

Once the oil tank has been filled with sand a hole should be made for a specialist to ensure that its condition is safe and no holes are noticeable. If contamination is smelled then the tank should be removed and undergo further inspection and call a number for a spill company. These cautions must be taken because property resale is difficult and at times impossible if tank abandonment has occurred on your property. If your tank was abandoned, but precautions were taken to ensure safety, then property resale is possible and much easier.

Even though oil tanks left on properties is accepted in New Jersey it should not be done regularly. Only certain circumstances exist that make it a reasonable option. Oil tanks can be hazardous when abandoned and can also affect your property value. If you do opt for this method soil and ground water sampling should be done to ensure safety.

Oil Tank Cleaning Services

Posted on: March 9th, 2013 by Frank McGuire

Home heating oil tank removalOil tank cleaning is an essential form of preventative maintenance that ensures the quality of your oil tank. The practice of oil tank cleaning in place and before extraction can be very difficult, but yields effective results. If this is not possible sludge and debris collect in oil tanks. This requires the time consuming task of cleaning the tank using equipment specially designed for removing material from oil tanks. Sludge build up is detrimental to all aspects associated with oil tanks and there operation. To ensure that sludge buildup does not occur, regular checkups and cleanings are required.

Tank locating is the first step in oil tank maintenance. New machinery developed to aid with oil tank cleaning has almost eliminated the use of man power to do the task of oil tank cleaning. Since this duty can be hazardous it is performed much easier and effectively by machines operated by trained professionals. This allows for optimal cleaning levels in the tanks and vessels. Transfer systems and pumping solutions have made oil tank cleaning a service that is readily available and needed for your tanks.

Transfer systems used to clean oil tanks resemble giant vacuums. They use suction to remove liquid, sludge and other items found in these large tanks. However, the amount of suction available using this machinery is much more powerful than that of a household vacuum. The remaining liquids are store in containers and left in separate holding areas until the tank is completely clean. It is important that only trained professionals handle these materials due to their hazardous properties.

The hardest part of oil tank cleaning involves getting rid of the scale from the walls of the tank. This procedure requires tank cleaning heads that are designed specifically for this purpose. This machinery involves dispersing water in large quantities and high speeds. The high water pressure is effective in removing the scale from the oil tank walls and ensuring that the tank is clean. This water pressure is precise enough to get in all crevices that are impossible to reach manually. This process does involve the use of machinery that should only be operated by people in the know.

If entry into the tank is needed to ensure proper cleaning, then they must be supervised during this process. Protective gear is needed and sometimes breathing masks are required to ensure safety. If anything goes wrong the person outside the tank is trained to act quickly and responsibly.

Oil tank cleaning is a difficult and arduous task, but if performed by trained professionals is very effective in assuring that oil tank cleaning is achieved. This task is needed to ensure that your oil tank runs properly over time. Regular maintenance without extraction will lengthen the use of your oil tank. However, trained professionals can remove sludge and buildup through the use of machinery and innovative technology. Ineffective oil tanks full of sludge and debris will be a thing of the past that will not affect your oil tank’s operating abilities.