I get this query all the time from clients who want to sell their house with a previously filled oil tank. Maybe they bought the house using the tank already filled or they had the oil tank filled some time ago. They even have got all the “proper” documents from the township and the contractor who did the job.
Not too long ago it had been very popular to possess your oil tank completed place. For a lot of reasons, Oil Tank Removal Passaic County NJ was cheaper then removing the tank completely, it was the less intrusive option, it absolutely was also not as likely to find a problem (leak) if there is one.
Fast forward to 2017, buyers market, slow economy, smarter buyers, stricter lending rules and much more informed insurance companies. Everyone included in purchasing a brand new home in NJ wants all oil tanks out from the ground. Could it be just because a new law came into effect? No actually no new laws happen to be written about oil tanks in NJ for a long time. And that is certainly the situation.
Everyone was filling their oil tanks with sand, foam, concrete or stone they thought they were doing the correct thing. The process would go such as this. Client would hire a contractor to fill their oil tank. The contractor would apply for permits and set the inspection with the township inspector. The contractor would hand dig a 4 x 4 hole down to the peak in the tank. They could then cut a tiny hole in the top of the the tank. Remove any liquids left within the tank then enter to scrape down the sludge and dump that. Wipe the tank clean and also have the inspector look inside from your small 4 x 4 hole. Inspector will give the green light to fill the tank which will get done next. Contractor would then backfill the hole and lay seed and hay down on the small piece of earth which was disturbed. A certificate from the contractor and a copy of the passed inspection sticker could be presented to your client after the task.
Now permit me to point out the issues with this entire process.
It is really not necessary for the township or even the state to consider soil samples across the tank before it was filled in place! No inspector can identify if the oil tank leaked by staring down a little hole cut into the top of it. The only time the inspection would fall is when water would pour in to the oil tank from corrosion holes towards the bottom of this. So if the groundwater hwiaub was suprisingly low where you lived then most likely water would not rush to the holes and the inspection would pass.
This is why MANY oil tanks were completed place although there is a major leak! Without pulling the tank out from the ground completely and or take soil samples then its impossible to learn if said tank is leaking. Thus the customer has each of the “proper” documentation to have an oil tank was actually leaking and they also hand that off and away to the customer who thinks this is great. The tank is really a non issue. WRONG.
They learn the hard way whenever they decide to bring that addition to your house and possess to remove the tank because it is sitting right where new addition goes. So they hire a contractor to get rid of the previously filled underground oil tank. They tank is pulled out of the ground and it is learned to get leaking! No it becomes the new buyers problem. It has happened Numerous times that everyone is catching on to it and attempting in order to avoid it. Realtors, attorneys, insurance firms, lenders and buyers have all heard the story from the tank that was supposed to be abandoned properly.