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An oil tank sweep can be used in a variety of situations. Many South Jersey homes have been converted from fuel oil to natural gas. But in some situations an oil tank may have been used prior to the current homeowner purchasing it. In this situation it is recommended to have a site inspection performed when purchasing this type of home.
That is as simple as requesting an OPRA (Open Public Records Act) request with the South Jersey township where the home is located. This is NOT a definitive determination of the past history of the property. Rules and regulations on the removal and abandonment of oil tanks in South Jersey have changed over the years. And a tank may have been removed or abandoned without obtaining permits. It is important to remember the age and location of the home in question. Many older South Jersey towns started out using coal as a fuel source and progressed throughout history to more efficient and readily available fuel sources.
The term "abandoned" has been used in many situations and the definition may not apply to fuel oil tanks, therefore giving homeowners and home purchasers a false sense of security. When applying the term "abandoned" to an oil tank on your South Jersey property, it is only used with an underground or inaccessible basement/crawl space tank and goes beyond removing contents of the tank. Likewise, an oil tank that was removed many years ago may not necessarily be free of contamination. A more extensive search should be considered. A trained, experienced, professional South Jersey oil tank sweep company will be able to use a variety of tools, including visual cues, metal detection, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), and even soil sampling, and any one of these can be used individually or in combination with one another in locating an underground oil tank on your South Jersey property.
Any of these options can be used to assist the sale of your South Jersey home and allow for you to know prior to listing if you had an oil tank you may not have been aware of when you first purchased your property.
Call or email today for your free, no obligation quote and discuss what options are available in locating an oil tank on your South Jersey property.