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Re: Oil tank sweep
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I also use ATS Environmental -- they were recommended by our inspector who I totally trust. Very easy to schedule, arrived on time, report came quickly. Fortunately our house as well as another that we bought did not have any oil tank -- the guy from ATS indicated the house probably went from coal to gas, and explained how the front basement window was probably a shute for coal why back when.

With regard to what's the big deal.
If you do have a buried oil tank, the problem may be when you try to sell. Many buyers will look to have a sweep done (wise move). Removing a tank can be expensive . Our neighbor had a tank that was half full and had a leak. The company removing the tank made the assumption that the tank was full and that half had leaked into the ground (not sure if this is typical -- but it is what happened to him). Ended up costing him around $18,000. And this was without any neighbors challenging that their property had been contaminated.

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http://oiltanksweepnjllc.com

They did my oil tank sweep at my home in Newport. On time and Cheap

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The impact of contamination is way different whether the area at stake is outside of the building or not. I would argue that every house in downtown JC has some level of contamination in the soil. If outside, the risk attached to oneself and one's neighbor is very small due to air circulation, much less that breathing one neighbor smoke actually. If people were really consistent with that argument, they would close most of Liberty State Park that still has plenty of forestry hexavalent chromium areas. I will never understand this as scientifically sound... but in my time here I have heard of plenty of shoddy paperwork. I know of some friends who had a view of a short sale on Jersey Avenue where a falsified soil test was communicated to them because the bank/owners obviously preferred doing that than risking a stain on the deed. They moved on to the suburbs.

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Quote:

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If the tank is buried in front of the property and that area is paved, what is the big deal?


Well, it depends on whether they soil is contaminated, and whether you care if it is. Or if your neighbors care, since the pollution can reach their property and make them liable for it. Also, once the contamination test is done and comes back positive, the state will make you pay for the soil cleanup, which can cost anywhere from 5k to over 50k. The person who owns the property is the person responsible for cleanup, regardless of how long the tank has been in place or out of commission.

So, I suppose it all depends on whether the can of worms is opened by testing the soil. And it can be opened by a neighbor or by a future buyer who doesn't want that kind of liability.

At this point in time, it looks like homebuyers are being advised to do a tank sweep during the home inspection timeframe and to refrain from buying until the tank and any contaminated soil have been removed. I know I was so advised, and all my friends who bought in the last year were too. Our lawyer expressed that oil tanks have become the dealbreakers in over 50% of his residential transactions (of those that don't close).


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If the tank is buried in front of the property and that area is paved, what is the big deal?

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I used Tadco. They were good, particularly because they knew where to look for tanks on my street as they had done sweeps on various houses on my block (unbeknownst to us before hiring them). Another company hadn't located the tank, and if we had gone only with that first company, we would still have an oil tank in there.

Interestingly, after having bought the house, I was looking up the address online to see what I found, and found that the house had had a permit for an oil tank removal about 10 years ago. !!! I called the company that did it, and they verified that they had indeed removed another oil tank ten years prior.

Morals of the story - 1) make sure you hire a company that knows what they're doing or they'll miss the tank, 2) old houses may have more than one tank. Don't stop the sweep after finding one, make sure they sweep the whole property.

Hope you don't have a tank!It's so stressful.

Posted on: 2015/10/15 18:25
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We used this company twice this year, and I'm happy with what they did for us.

http://www.atsenvironmental.com/

Posted on: 2015/10/15 9:35
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Buying a home and want to do an
oil tank sweep. Can anyone recommend
someone?

Thanks!

Posted on: 2015/10/15 9:16
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