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    Oil Tank Sweep

    An Oil Tank Sweep is an investigation into the existence or non existence of an underground oil tank using subsurface detection instruments and visual cues. The process includes a scan of the property to detect the existence of an underground mass and a visual inspection of the property and structures.

    An Oil Tank Sweep is outside the scope of a general home inspection and NOT included, it is offered as an additional service for a fee.

    What is an Oil Tank Sweep:

    An Oil Tank Sweep is an investigation into the existence or non-existence of an underground oil tank on a particular property using subsurface detection instruments and visual cues. The process includes a scan of the property to detect the existence of an underground mass and a visual inspection of the property and structures.

    The purpose of having an Oil Tank Sweep done in NJ is to detect the presence of an underground oil tank. The purpose of identifying an underground tank is to avoid the potential of a costly contamination cleanup from a leaking tank.

    Most insurance companies exclude liability for home fuel oil tanks, so homeowners are left on the hook for remediation.

    What we look for:

    A sweep is always recommended for prospective home buyers. Purchasing a home with an underground oil tank is a significant risk. There is no way of determining with 100% certainty the condition of an underground oil tank without removing it from the ground.

    During a tank sweep, our expert technician will search for previously disconnected oil service lines inside the building, as well as vent and fill pipes on the building exterior. The technician will also use a detection device – an inductive and conductive locator – to scan the entire property for readings consistent with the presence of an underground tank. Following your tank sweep, our technician will prepare a report with the findings and present a proposal for other services if needed.

    What are the risks:

    The risks of an underground oil tank range from environmental and legal to financial and health-related. … Even if the leak doesn’t reach the surface water, the health impacts of concentrated oil vapors can range from headaches and drowsiness all the way to more serious conditions if there is long-term exposure.

    When stored and used properly, home heating oil is safe, but it can become an environmental pollutant when it leaks. Undetected leaks can poison the soil, groundwater, and wildlife. While it has relatively low toxicity to humans, prolonged exposure can be harmful, even deadly.

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