Underground Oil Tank Sweep Service
All Jersey Home Inspection in South Plainfield, New Jersey, offers comprehensive home inspection services that cover everything from the foundation to the rooftop, including all major systems and structural components of a home. Pre-purchase home inspections are vital for prospective home buyers, but it's also becoming more common to request a tank sweep. Our professional home inspectors are also trained to search for undiscovered or undisclosed oil tanks buried beneath the ground. Tank sweeps are becoming increasingly important due to serious financial liability and health concerns over leaking oil tanks that contaminate surrounding soil and groundwater.
What Is An Oil Tank Sweep?
Many gas-heated homes were once heated by oil. Homes built in the early 1900s and up to the mid-1990s may have utilized oil supplied by underground oil tanks. Newer homes that never used heating oil tanks still may have been built on a site where an oil tank was previously buried. An oil tank sweep investigates whether an underground oil tank exists on a particular property using visual cues and subsurface detection instruments. The purpose is to confirm whether a tank exists and its location so it can be assessed and removed. Many abandoned tanks have leaked, which makes removal and the resulting cleanup very costly. Detection is critical before you purchase a property that may have an expensive contamination issue.
Get a Non-Committal Cost Estimate on Oil Tank Inspections
We know we offer the best-value inspection services in town, and we're not afraid to prove it to you with a no-obligation cost estimate. Get in touch with us, and we'll send a certified professional to your doorstep to perform a comprehensive, data-driven oil tank sweep. An oil tank survey can differ from property to property. Since we want to give you a clear idea of what to expect from our services, we always consult with our clients—no strings attached—before booking a service. That way, you'll know precisely what the service will entail, how long it will take, and how much it will cost.
Don't settle for a one-size-fits-all quote. Contact us for a cost estimate customized to your needs.
Scheduling a Tank Sweep: Why It's Important
While some sellers might not disclose the fact there's an abandoned underground oil tank on the property, some sellers are simply not aware one exists. In many cases, there's no documentation of the tank's existence once the home has been converted to a different heating source and system. We recommend tank sweeps for prospective home buyers to avoid significant risks, including:
- Banks and mortgage companies may not approve your home loan without a tank sweep.
- Mortgage lenders won't approve loans on properties with underground storage tanks.
- Property owners may face thousands of dollars in cleanup costs and even more in soil remediation.
- Homes with buried oil tanks lose value and are difficult to sell.
- Empty tanks not properly backfilled can collapse and create dangerous sinkholes.
- Leaks from underground tanks often produce vapors that can lead to combustion and fire after entering the home.
- Leaks that impact nearby soil, groundwater, aquifers and water supplies can lead to millions of dollars in cleanup and soil disposal.
- Heating oil contains numerous carcinogenic ingredients, which pose serious health risks to anyone in the vicinity.
After years of being buried, it's not a question of if the oil tank will leak but when. Corrosion will eat away at the tank and if it's not already leaking, it will eventually. Let us give you peace of mind with a tank sweep to determine whether a property hides a dangerous secret.
Ultimately, undetected oil tanks pose a significant financial, environmental, and health liability. Before purchasing any property, we highly recommend hiring a licensed, experienced inspector to survey the perimeter.
Choosing an Inspector: Why use us?
We use the best technology and a 5-step method to detect oil tanks and sewer tanks too. With over 15 years of experience we have trained eyes and knowledge of what clues to look for and where tanks are located. All Jersey Home Inspection is fully insured including pollution liability coverage.
Most companies site out multiple limitations to the sweep including patios and walkways with metal rebar. The metal rebar acts as interference to the metal detector. Therefore, All Jersey Home Inspection uses GPR. GPR can penetrate beyond the metal rebar and take images from beneath, thus avoiding a limited sweep. GPR can also be used to further identify if a metallic anomaly is a tank or random buried metal. In some cases, an exploratory dig may be necessary, and All Jersey Home Inspection can handle this as well for an additional fee.
Our GPR equipment is state-of-the-art. We've invested tens of thousands of dollars in our technology to ensure our results are precise, accurate, and consistent. What's more, we routinely care for all our in-house GPR systems according to manufacturer maintenance instructions. That way, on every inspection call, you can be confident your report is chock-full of high-quality, accurate data.
Methodology Used for GPR Tank Sweeps
At our inspection company, we do our due diligence to make your tank sweep as comprehensive as possible. We are an inspection-only company, meaning our professionals have no incentive to locate or not locate a tank. We are unbiased technicians who perform industry-leading inspections and let the data speak for itself. All Jersey Home Inspection employs 5 methods to perform a tank sweep. The steps are:
- Visual inspection
- Metal detection
- GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar)
- Electromagnetic tracing of exposed oil lines
Our technicians are fully trained and experienced in the inspection industry. We cover all of New Jersey, and we're happy to discuss any issues we discover with you. Contact us at 908-917-0194 to schedule and help ensure you won't inherit any unsuspected issues.
Tank Sweep Process
Most oil tanks are within a few feet of a home's foundation. The components associated with an underground oil tank leave evidence, such as vent and fill piping, tubing and gauges. We begin the tank sweep process with a visual inspection to search for this evidence both outside and inside the home. Our technicians are trained to identify these components and attempt to trace them back to the location of the tank. Although the tank may have already been removed, these components may remain and so can contamination if the site wasn't properly cleaned up following removal.
The next step is a subsurface detection scan using specialized equipment. We scan the entire surface area of the property and see if the equipment detects the presence of a mass consistent with the size of an underground storage tank. Because tanks are metal, homeowners may mistakenly think they can search for them with a standard metal detector. However, these devices lack the depth range required to detect the tank. Furthermore, these detectors are going to pick up underground pipes and other buried metal that will only confuse an untrained individual. Once we complete our tank sweep, we provide you with a detailed report that covers all our findings.
Your Tank Sweep Report
Your report will be a 100% unbiased, thorough overview of our inspection process and findings. When we say thorough, we mean it. You can count on our inspectors to present you with all our data and photographic evidence in an official format that you can present to your mortgage or insurance provider or use in future real estate transactions. If you have any questions about your inspection report, our communication lines are wide open. We'll gladly go through your report with you, page by page, so that you fully understand the results.
In the event that our sweep detects an underground storage tank, you can rely on us to connect you with reputable local contractors to set up the removal and remediation process. While we don't perform removal services ourselves, as industry professionals, we're well-informed on what steps need to be taken.
Rapid GPR Results
We recognize that in the real estate market, things move quickly. When you book a tank sweep, you want the results ASAP. As a full-service property inspector, we partner with individual buyers, sellers, and real estate representatives, and all of them appreciate our commitment to speedy turnarounds. As soon as we've collected our GPR data, we'll assemble it into an official report in the shortest delay.
A standard tank sweep only takes about an hour to complete, and typically, we can procure the report within a day or two after the inspection has taken place.
Sweep Before You Buy
If you're in the market for a new home or considering selling your current home, conduct a tank sweep for your protection. We've built a reputation for reliable service, including oil tank sweeps you can count on. Our knowledgeable technicians service all of New Jersey, so contact us at 908-917-0194 to schedule your tank sweep today.