Frequently Asked Questions

If you don’t see your question answered here, please call (973) 458-1188 or email us.

Pre-Sale Questions

The base tank removal costs will be adjusted according to tank size, accessibility, tank location, city permit costs and requirements, police detail and no parking ( if mandated by the city), tank contents and how quickly you will need this work completed. (Rush Fees: courier services & priority urgent scheduling).

We have a base price for open and easy access oil tank removals, which will change if it does not meet certain criteria.

We can process your request via online request, over the phone or in person. You can choose which would best suit your needs. Our sales associates will ask you a series of questions that will allow us to obtain a better “picture” of what site conditions we will potentially be working with. **Any site that is NOT accessible by a machine, entails extenuating circumstances or might have questionable issues with regard to the tank removal and will require a site visit.

In most cases, quotes are provided within 24 hours of the initial request.

You can request a quote online or call 973-458-1188 and speak to a knowledgeable sales associate.

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Permit Related Questions

The local municipalities are allowed up to 20 business days to process your permits. Each municipality’s processing time is different, so it might take less time to be approved.

Permit costs are determined by your municipality and are non-negotiable.

We handle all of permit submittals. They are submitted through the mail whenever possible. Rush jobs will require the permits to be hand delivered. This can be done by our courier (at an additional cost) OR they can be picked up by the customer.

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What’s Involved in the Process?

When our technicians get to the site, they offload the machine and the tools/materials that they will need. They will uncover the tank and put the overburden (soil removed from over the tank) to the side of the excavation. The oil tank will then be cut open to allow access to a technician to clean out the inside of the oil tank. The inside of the oil tank will be squeegeed and wiped down with oil absorbent rags and pads. The lines will be removed from the inside of the house and the area of the foundation where the lines leave/enter the house will be patched.

The technician will then use the bucket of the machine to remove the oil tank from the ground and set it to the side of the open excavation. Since the oil tank will have caked on soil all over it, the technician on site will remove the soils from the outside of the tank. When the inspector arrives, he will check the tank for visible holes (which you can see if you peer through the cut opening in the oil tank). Most inspectors will also want to see the open excavation to check for the presence of oil. He will issue either an approved or a not approved sticker. Once the inspector has seen the tank, our crew will backfill the excavation with certified clean fill and place the native soil back on top. We leave the site as clean as possible.

If the tank has no visible holes and there is no presence of oil in the excavation area, we will backfill the excavation to grade and take the tank from the property. The technician on site will present an invoice for the work that has been completed. Once payment has been applied to your account, we will provide a completion package to you for your records.

Rest assured, SREC will not leave you alone in your time of need. At this point in time SREC provides guidance through the next steps. We do our best to make a difficult situation less stressful by providing a knowledgeable staff member to “walk” you through the remediation process. We will combine efforts to eventually obtain a “No Further Action” letter for your property.

Upon removing the tank, if the tank has visible holes or if there is oil present in the excavation area, this constitutes a leak. The supervisor on site will provide the office details from the tank removal and the office staff will call in a “spill” to the NJDEP action line. A NJDEP case/incident number will be assigned to your property.

The inspection is performed to verify if there are visible corrosion holes in the oil tank and to see if there is any oil present in the excavation. The inspection is to take place on the day the oil tank is to be removed. The inspector typically wants to see the open excavation but always wants to inspect the oil tank.

Once your permits are received, you will be contacted regarding scheduling. The oil tank removal is scheduled by coordinating SREC’s schedule, the customer’s schedule and the inspector’s schedule. Although we do our best to accommodate the customer’s scheduling requests, we are sometimes forced to schedule around the inspector’s availability. We have an email that can be used to check on your scheduling status.

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What’s Next?

Underground utility markouts will be called in and your permits will be filed for approval within 24-48 hours of receiving the signed contract. They take 5 business days to clear and give us 10 days to begin work. If we do not begin work within the 10 days, the markouts will have to be renewed. The local municipalities are allowed up to 20 business days to process your permits. Once your permits are received, you will be contacted regarding scheduling.

We require a $300 deposit along with the signed contract and terms and conditions. Tank removals are considered a capital improvement on your property, so tax is not added to your tank removal costs; you will just need to send back a signed ST-8 form with your contract.

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