UST Investigation aka The Tank Sweep
GPR One Call uses the newest non-invasive subsurface technology and training to provide the safest and most accurate methods for locating underground storage tanks.
GPR is a company specializing in locating underground utilities and tanks and does not provide environmental services or tank removal services. This means you will receive a completely un-biased report on what we do or do-not find.
We use five different location techniques: Visual Inspection, Ferromagnetic Detection Sweep (Metal Detection), Electromagnetic Tracing (Fuel Lines and Vent Pipes), Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Rod Probing.
You will receive a written report immediately after completion explaining the techniques and findings of the investigation. We will discuss the process in detail so you can make an intelligent and informed decision.
Why Do Residential Owners and Buyers Need a Tank Sweep
Fuel oil has been used for heating homes in New Jersey for over 75 years. The EPA has estimated that there are over 100,000 unknown or undiscovered Under Ground Storage Tanks (USTs) located in New Jersey that have not been properly decommissioned or removed. More than 50% of all USTs removed have holes and have required environmental cleanup. Improperly abandoned tanks left in the ground by prior property owners creates an unknown risk for new buyers. When the tanks leak, they contaminate the soil and possibly the groundwater. If the property is purchased with a leaking tank, the new buyer is responsible for all future environmental cleanup cost. The property cannot be sold until the EPA issues a clearance certificate. Environmental cleanup cost can range from $10,000 to over $100,000 depending on how much fuel oil leaked into the soil or groundwater. This cost is not covered by most home owner insurance policies. Another potential hazard is that empty abandoned tanks can eventually collapse unexpectedly creating a sink-hole.
Warning Signs – What to Look For!
- Seller has no knowledge of prior tanks (buyer beware)
- Fill or vent pipes are present but not in use
- Fuel supply lines or holes in the basement walls
- Signs of previous oil furnace with new gas service
- Any home built before 1990
What Should a Buyer Do?
Talk to your attorney or your real estate professional and let them know that you want an Underground Storage Tank (UST) Investigation (Tank Sweep). Just like a home inspection, a Tank Sweep should be included in the Contract of Sale.
Call GPR One Call at 908-725-1444
Most of the work we perform is on a flat fee basis so you know the cost before we start.