EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J.
- Aug. 7, 2018
-- The scenario is always the same. A person buying a home is directed to complete a "Oil Tank Sweep". What exactly does the attorney mean by a Oil Tank Sweep ? Are the concerns of oil tank present or oil tank contamination ? The answer should be both. A typical oil tank sweep may only use a metal detector that can only see about 2 feet down and metal only. Some companies do not scan property, just around the main structure perimeter excluding Concrete and Asphalt structures. Ground Penetrating Radar ( GPR ) can identify metallic and non metallic (composite) objects though concrete, asphalt and wood. A oil tank does not have to be found to have on site contamination. Contamination can be in form of buried Asbestos, Asphalt Shingles, construction debris, concrete, septic systems. In recent years more and more properties without oil tanks present required remediation clean-ups in excess of $ 100,000 from buried debris such as lead paint chips, metal gas tank piping, co mingled construction debris, Historic contaminated fill, PCBS, motor oil filled dry wells and miscellaneous asbestos containing construction debris. If oil tank sweep is completed without the recommendation of extra cost soil borings, something may be wrong, All Ground Penetrating radars if properly calibrated will see subsurface anomalies that can not be positively identified. These anomalies should be further investigated with extra cost soil borings. Identifying buried structures before purchase can save thousands of dollars latter. Environmental Systems is a full service Environmental Company providing Tank Sweeps Environmental Phase I Assessments, Tank Remediation and Environmental testing services. To obtain additional information, contact Environmental Systems at 732-892-8707 or visit our website at www.allenvirosystem.com