Oil Tank Removal & Abandonment


Inspection and Removal

There are several reasons why you would want to remove your underground storage tank:

  • If you’re converting to natural gas.
  • If you’re installing an above-ground storage tank for your home heating needs.
  • If you’re selling your home (SREC strongly recommends removing your underground storage tank when selling your home and seeing as this might be a very stressful time on you and your family, it’s best to have a season professional handle this complicated process.)
  • The specific age of your tank warrants investigation, then removal of the tank. Tanks installed prior to 1980 are constructed of bare steel fabrication and as such are prone to corrosion, leading to a greater possibility of spills and leaks.

Having your tank removed, inspected and the soil around it tested will eliminate any potential problems you would have encountered if your tank remained on your property. Removing your underground storage tank will satisfy the most stringent of home inspections or due diligence by future homebuyers.

It all begins with our free consultation.

If you choose to contract SREC to remove your tank, our helpful staff will acquire permits, obtain utility mark outs (a minimum 4-day period from the contract date is required before work can begin in order to properly obtain ‘utility mark-outs’) and make arrangements with municipal inspectors in order to prepare for your tank removal. Our experienced personnel will efficiently and properly complete your tank removal in four to five hours leaving you with peace of mind.


What you can expect:

  • Safety is our primary concern! Our team will confirm the location of underground utilities before beginning the tank removal process.
  • Once the underground storage tank (UST) is located, a small track excavator will be used to expose the tank.
  • The UST is then cut open and the contents, usually fuel oil and sludge, are removed with a licensed vacuum truck and transported to a certified liquid disposal facility or transferred, at your request, somewhere else.
  • Fully covered in protective gear, a representative from SREC enters the tank to clean it with absorbent pads and a squeegee.
  • The UST is then removed with the excavator and inspected for holes or signs of corrosion by both SREC personnel and the municipal inspector.
  • Upon completion of the inspection of both the tank and its grave, the excavation is filled to grade with certified clean fill. A 550-gallon tank removal typically yields a 6 foot by 8 foot excavation area roughly graded. A 1000-gallon tank removal typically yields a 6 foot by 13 foot excavation area roughly graded.


A sales representative will provide a completed tank certification booklet for you. It includes:

  • Copy of local permits
  • Tank disposal receipt
  • Tank contents manifest
  • Certified clean fill receipt
  • Certificate of removal and a copy of SREC New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection tank removal license.


Tank Abandonment

In recent years the NJDEP recommends, and most insurance companies require tank removal over tank abandonment. However, in the event that there is no access to your tank due to either landscape or structural impediments, tank abandonment may be necessary.

As we do in tank removal, SREC will again take all steps necessary to provide you with superior service and properly abandon your tank in just a few hours. Once your tank is cut open and cleaned, our highly trained personnel will core holes through the bottom of the tank and extract soil samples to confirm the integrity of the soil.

These samples will be sent to an NJDEP certified lab for analysis. The empty tank will be filled with inert material such as sand or concrete slurry. The 4 foot by 4 foot excavation will be filled to grade with certified clean fill.

Upon completion, a completed tank certification booklet will be provided. It includes:

  • Copy of local permits
  • Tank contents manifest
  • Certified clean fill receipt
  • Certificate of abandonment
  • Copy of SREC / NJDEP tank removal license
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