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Oil Tank Testing
For Real Estate Transactions

Tulmark.com
Phone: (732) 291-5030

We test oil tanks to determine if they are leaking

The way we test oil tanks are through soil borings next to the oil tank

Tulmark, LLC. Is licensed by the State of New Jersey to work on any home heating oil tank.

Tulmark, LLC can:

  1. Test Home Heating Oil Tanks
  2. Remove or Install Home Heating Oil Tanks
  3. Cleanup Home Heating Oil Tanks

The most accurate way to test an under ground home heating oil tank is to complete soil borings within 2 feet of the tank. The size of a typical under ground heating oil tank is between 550 gallons, and 1000 gallons. Both 500 gallon and 1000 gallon underground home heating oil tanks are normally 4 feet in diameter as a standard. When testing an underground home heating oil tank soil samples should be collected from 7 to 7.5 feet below the surface.

Soil samples collected from an underground home heating oil tank that has leaked show visual and olfactory signs of heating mixed with the soil sample. Normally one can see, and smell the home heating oil, or #2 heating oil in the collected soil samples. One can have the soil samples tested by a New Jersey licensed laboratory to determine the level of heating oil within the soil .The laboratory test required by the State of New Jersey is EPH (Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbons) which is a relatively low cost lab analysis.

There is no set number of soil samples required when testing a home heating oil tank when one is testing the tank for private reasons like refinancing, or a real estate transaction. However, if the test results are to be sent to the NJDEP(New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection) a minimum of 2 soil samples must be collected.

In most cases a hand auger is used to test home heating oil tanks. However, if the tank is located under concrete or asphalt then testing is more difficult and expensive. 


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