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Straight Talk About Abandoned
In-Ground Oil Tank Removal

ONE OF THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY A NEW HOME BUYER IS, “HOW DO I KNOW IF THERE IS AN ABANDONED OIL TANK ON THE PREMISES?’’

As an experienced home inspector, a licensed real estate appraiser and a real estate investor, I give the following advice:

(A) To really be sure there isn’t an in-ground oil tank, one must hire a professional with a special metal detector to search the property. This search costs about $250.00. But before spending any money on such a search, I suggest that the buyer first have a complete home and termite inspection. If the house is not acceptable and the purchase is terminated, the buyer could save the $250.00 tank search.

(B) Before starting the home inspection, ask the inspector to examine the grounds close to the house for any signs of an in-ground tank. Even though an in-ground tank is outside the scope of the home inspection, if the inspector sees signs of an in-ground tank, a courtesy report can be entered into the report and save the buyer the $250.00 search fee. Many times there are tell-tale signs of an in-ground oil tank such as a visible vent and/or filler pipes sticking up through the ground from the tank. Also, in the basement there may be disconnected oil lines coming through the foundation wall which were the feed lines from a one time in-ground oil tank. Another sign is a concrete channel that had been cut into the basement floor that leads to the furnace area. All oil lines running to a furnace must be covered by concrete for safety reasons. Most times when the lines are removed and the channel filled, a different colored fill concrete is a sure sign of a one time oil tank. Any of these signs is a good indication of a tank that has been removed or, there is still a tank in the ground. An almost sure sign that there is a tank is when a filler pipe is found in ground.

WE FOUND AN IN-GROUND TANK, NOW WHAT?
RULE ONE, under no condition purchase the house, no matter how “good the deal is” until the tank and ground are tested for any environmental contamination. The tank could have been abandoned many years ago with a couple hundred gallons of oil still in the tank. That oil may have leaked out over the years and contaminated the ground. A serious environmental condition is something you don’t need to inherit with the purchase. If an in-ground tank is discovered, notify your attorney immediately about the tank and have him ask the seller to provide the E. P. A. certification that the tank has been properly decommissioned.

WHAT IF THE SELLER SAYS THAT HE BOUGHT THE HOUSE “AS IS”, HE
DIDN’T KNOW THERE WAS IN-GROUND TANK AND HE’S NOT PAYING FOR ANY TANK TESTING.

Well, because he bought the house “as is” doesn’t make the problem acceptable. Now the buyer has a decision to make, either walk away and look for another house or pay for the tank and ground test. If I really wanted the house, I personally would pay for the tank and ground test. However, under no circumstances would I purchase a property with an untested oil tank. At this point I must give the reader another tip. If you have to pay for the tank and ground test, make sure you hire a reputable company to do the testing. A word of caution, the job is too important to hire a company based on price alone. Make sure the testing company has all the latest high-tech testing equipment.


THE SELLER SAYS HE DID HAVE AN IN-GROUND TANK BUT HAD IT REMOVED OR FILLED WITH SAND.
Your attorney should ask the seller for the township for certification that the tank was environmentally properly filled with sand or removed. One cannot just remove a tank or fill it with sand without the proper documentation from the NJDEP. These papers will be filed with the township.

WHAT IF THE SELLER SAYS THE TANK WAS REMOVED YEARS AGO BEFORE THE NJDEP DOCUMENTATION WAS REQUIRED.
(A) Ask where the tank was located. If you can find the old location, I suggest taking a ground contamination test in the area. Some would say at this point, “Aren’t you going a little too far with this testing thing?” With the tank gone you are probably safe to say that no further action is necessary but if you ever had any dealings with MURPHY’S LAW, you won’t hesitate to test the ground for contamination. (MURPHY’S LAW BEING - IF IT CAN HAPPEN IT WILL HAPPEN) By testing the ground you will know for sure if there is a contamination problem.

A TRUE STORY
I was inspecting a small house that seemed like a nice clean little house. When I got to the basement area, I detected a faint odor of oil, the type of oil used as fuel. The basement also had a small crawl space area with a dirt floor where a fuel storage tank was located. I crawled into the space to examine the tank and found a very slow leak. The leak was so small that one could not even see a drop forming on the tank. There wasn’t any big oil spot under the tank, just a little spot about 4 inches in diameter. Knowing the danger of oil contamination, I strongly urged the buyer not to purchase the house until the ground under the oil tank, in a tight crawl space, was tested for contamination.

About a month later I received a call from the same buyer requesting another home inspection on a different house. When I asked her why she was not buying the first house, she said forget it. The house can’t be sold. She said that the buyer had the ground tested for contamination and it had serious oil contamination. She went on to tell me that the little leak has caused $65,000.00 worth of contamination. The EPA was now involved in the clean up and the house cannot be sold.

THE SELLER SAYS HE HAS INSURANCE ON THE TANK THAT CAN BE TRANSFERRED TO THE NEW BUYER.
MAKE SURE the insurance policy covers ground contamination. Many insurance policies only cover the tank for a leak. Have your attorney go over the insurance policy thoroughly. I would also suggest that you call the insurance company and have them verify that ground contamination is covered. I have yet to know of an insurance company that is in business to pay claims.

TO SUM UP –WHEN YOU ARE BUYING A HOUSE WITH AN IN-GROUND OIL TANK BE CAUTIOUS.
(A) If there is a functioning in-ground tank, test the tank for leaks and the ground for contamination.
(B) If there is an abandoned in-ground tank, test the ground for contamination.

 

HOME INSPECTOR NJ - BERGEN COUNTY WITH ZIP CODES
THE G WARREN INC NJ HOME INSPECTION DIRECTORY, SERVING THESE NEW JERSEY CITIES: IN LOWER BERGEN COUNTY NEW JERSEY – ALPINE NJ 07620. HOME INSPECTION FOR BERGENFIELD NJ 07621 AREA WE HAVE HOME INSPECTORS FOR BOGOTA NJ 07603 AREA – LICENSED HOME INSPECTOR FOR CARLSTADT NJ 07072 AREA - G WARREN HAS LICENSED HOME INSPECTOR FOR CLIFFSIDE PARK NJ 07010 AREA - WE DO HOME INSPECTION FOR CRESSKILL NJ 07626 HOMES - WE HAVE INSPECTED MANY DEMAREST NJ 07627 HOUSES - OUR HOME INSPECTION SERVICE AREA DOES INCLUDE DUMONT NJ 07628 AREA - WE DO COMPLETE HOME INSPECTION IN EAST RUTHERFORD NJ 07073 - WE ABSOLUTELY HAVE LICENSED HOME INSPECTOR FOR EDGEWATER NJ 07020 HOMES – FIRST CLASS HOME INSPECTOR FOR ELMWOOD PARK NJ 07407 HOMES - WE INSPECT HOMES IN THE ENTIRE ENGLEWOOD NJ 07631 AREA – G WARREN HAS A LICENSED INSPECTOR FOR ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS NJ 07632 AREA - WE HAVE A CERTIFIED HOME INSPECTOR FOR THE FAIRLAWN NJ 07410 AREA - WE SERVICE THE FORT LEE NJ 07024 AREA - WE SERVICE THE COMPLETE GARFIELD NJ 07026 AREA - WE ALWAYS SERVICE THE GLEN ROCK NJ 07452 AREA - WE HAVE EXPERIENCED INSPECTOR FOR HACKENSACK NJ 08035 AREA – HOME INSPECTION FOR HASBROUCK HEIGHTS NJ 07604 AREA - WE DO INSPECT IN THE HAWORTH NJ 07506 AREA - WE ALSO SERVICE LEONIA NJ 07605 AREA – G WARREN SERVICES LITTLE FERRY NJ 07643 AREA - WE HAVE CERTIFIED INSPECTORS FOR LODI NJ 07644 AREA - WE HAVE EXPERIENCED INSPECTOR FOR LYNDHURST NJ 07071 AREA - WE SERVICE MAYWOOD NJ 07607 AREA –WE HAVE SERVICED MANY TIMES IN THE MOONACHIE NJ 07074 AREA - WE SERVICE NEW MELFORD NJ 07646 AREA – STATE LICENSED HOME INSPECTOR NORTH ARLINGTON NJ 07031 AREA – G WARREN SERVICES ORADELL NJ 07649 AREA - WE SERVICE PALLISADES PARK NJ 07650 AREA – NJ LICENSED HOME INSPECTION PARAMUS NJ 07652 AREA – HAVE CERTIFIED INSPECTOR FOR RIDGEFIELD NJ 07657 AREA - WE SERVICE RIDGEFIELD PARK NJ 07660 AREA – NJ STATE CERTIFIED INSPECTION RIVER EDGE NJ 07661 AREA - WE CERTAINLY INSPECT IN ROCHELLE PARK NJ 07662 AREA - WE HAVE COMPLETED MANY INSPECTIONS IN THE RUTHERFORD NJ 07070 AREA - WE SERVICE SOUTH HACKENSACK NJ 07606 AREA – HOME INSPECTOR TEANECK NJ 07666 AREA – NJ INSURED HOME INSPECTOR FOR TENAFLY NJ 07670 AREA NJ CERTIFIED HOUSE INSPECTIONS IN TETERBORO NJ 07608 AREA - WE SERVICE WALLINGTON NJ 07057 AREA – YES, WE SERVICE WOOD RIDGE NJ 07075 AREA EVERY HOME INSPECTION WILL BE CONDUCTED BY A CERTIFIED NJ HOME INSPECTOR TO THE NACHI HOME INSPECTION STANDARDS..

HOME INSPECTOR NJ - ESSEX COUNTY WITH ZIP CODES

IN ESSEX COUNTY NEW JERSEY WE DO SERVICE THE BELLEVILLE NJ 07109 AREA – HOME INSPECTION BLOOMFIELD NJ 07003 AREA – WE DO SERVICE THE CALDWELL NJ 07006 AREA – WE ARE THOROUGHLY FAMILIER WITH THE CEDAR GROVE NJ 07009 AREA – WE DO SERVICE THE ESSEX FELLS NJ 07021 AREA - WE DO HOME INSPECTIONS IN FAIRFIELD NJ 07004 AREA – G WARREN DOES SERVICE THE GLEN RIDGE NJ 07028 AREA - WE HAVE A FIRST CLASS INSPECTOR FOR IRVINGTON NJ 07111 AREA – WE HAVE A LICENSED HOME INSPECTOR FOR THE LIVINGSTON NJ 07039 AREA OUR NJ SERVICE TERRITORY INCLUDES THE MAPLEWOOD NJ 07040 AREA - WE ABSOLUTELY INSPECT IN THE MILLBURN NJ 07041 AREA - NEW JERSEY HOME INSPECTOR FOR THE MONTCLAIR NJ 07042 AREA – N J HOUSE INSPECTIONS CONDUCTED IN THE NORTH CALDWELL NJ 07006 AREA – G WARREN CERTIFIED LICENSED HOME INSPECTOR NUTLEY NJ 07110 AREA – G WARREN INC DOES SERVICE THE ORANGE NJ 07050 AREA – WE HAVE A NJ INSURED CERTIFIED INSPECTOR FOR THE ROSELAND NJ 07068 AREA – WE HAVE CONDUCTED A MULTITUDE OF INSPECTIONS IN THE SOUTH ORANGE NJ 07079 AREA – WE HAVE STATE CERTIFIED HOME INSPECTORS FOR THE VERONA NJ 07044 AREA – STATE LICENSED INSPECTIONS CONDUCTED IN THE WEST CALDWELL NJ 07006 AREA - WE DO SERVICE THE WEST ORANGE NJ 07052 AREA - NJ HOME INSPECTOR FOR ESSEX COUNTY

HOME INSPECTOR NJ - HUDSON COUNTY WITH ZIP CODES
HUDSON COUNTY NEW JERSEY NJ – OUR SERVICE TERRITORY INCLUDES BAYONNE NJ 07002 AREA - WE ABSOLUTELY INSPECT IN GUTTENBERG NJ 07093 AREA  – N J HOME INSPECTOR FOR HARRISON NJ 07029 AREA - INSPECTIONS IN JERSEY CITY NJ 07306 07310 AREA WILL BE CONDUCTED BY A LICENSED HOME INSPECTOR - WE DO INSPECTIONS IN KEARNY NJ 07032 AREA - WE HAVE A LICENSED INSPECTOR FOR THE NORTH BERGEN NJ 07047 AREA – G WARREN INC WILL INSPECT IN SECAUCUS NJ 07094 AREA - NEW AND RESALE CONDO AND TOWNHOUSE INSPECTIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY AN EXPERIENCED NEW JERSEY HOME INSPECTOR – WE SERVICE HUDSON COUNTY WITH EXPERIENCED INSPECTORS

NEW JERSEY HOME INSPECTOR - HUNTERDON COUNTY WITH ZIP CODES
IN HUNTERDON COUNTY NEW JERSEY NJ - WE ABSOLUTELY SERVICE THE ALEXANDRIA NJ 08848 AREA – G WARREN HAS CONDUCTED MANY INSPECTIONS IN THE BETHLEHEM NJ 08802 AREA AND THE SURROUNDING TOWNS - WE ABSOLUTELY INSPECT TOWNHOUSE STYLE HOMES IN BLOOMSBURY NJ 08804 AREA – WE HAVE A LICENSED HOME INSPECTOR FOR THE CALIFON NJ 07830 AREA AND SURROUNDING TOWNS – OUR LICENSED HOME INSPECTOR HAS CONDUCTED MANY HOME INSPECTION IN CLINTON NJ 08809 AND THE SURROUNDING TOWNS - WE CERTAINLY INSPECT IN THE CLINTON TWP NJ 08801 AND NEARBY TOWNS - WE ABSOLUTELY SERVICE THE FLEMINGTON NJ 08822 AREA WITH A LICENSED EXPERIENCED INSPECTOR – G WARREN HAS AFFORDABLE PRICES FOR A HOME AND GARAGE INSPECTION IN THE FRANKLIN TWP NJ 08868 AREA - WE ABSOLUTELY SERVICE THE FRENCHTOWN NJ 08825 AREA AND THE SURROUNDING TOWNS – G WARREN HOME INSPECTION GIVES FREE PRICE QUOTES IN THE GLEN GARDNER NJ 08826 AREA - WE ABSOLUTELY SERVICE THE HAMPTON NJ 08827 AREA AND THE SURROUNDING TOWNS – CALL G WARREN FOR A FREE PRICE QUOTE IN THE HIGH BRIDGE NJ 08829 AREA – G WARREN HOME INSPECTION HAS EXPERIENCED INSPECTORS FOR THE HOLLAND NJ 08848 AREA - WE ABSOLUTELY SERVICE THE KINGWOOD NJ 08559 AREA – WE HAVE COMPLETED MANY A HOME INSPECTION IN THE LAMBERTVILLE NJ 08530 AREA – YES, WE HAVE AFFORDABLE PRICES FOR AN INSPECTION IN THE LEBANON BORO NJ 08833 AREA - WE ABSOLUTELY SERVICE THE LEBANON TWP NJ 08826 AREA - WE ABSOLUTELY GIVE FREE PRICE QUOTES IN THE MILFORD NJ 08848 AREA - WE ABSOLUTELY SERVICE THE RARITAN TWP NJ 08822 AREAS AND THE SURROUNDING TOWNS - WE HAVE SERVICED THE READINGTON 08801 - 08870 - 08889 AREAS FOR OVER 15 YEARS - WE CONDUCT COMPLETE INSPECTIONS IN THE STOCKTON NJ 08559 AREA AND NEARBY TOWNS - WE ABSOLUTELY SERVICE THE TEWKSBURY NJ 08858 AREA - G WARREN HAS CONDUCTED NUMEROUS HOME INSPECTIONS IN THE UNION TWP NJ 08860 AREA – WE INSPECT HOMES AT A REASONABLE PRICE IN THE WEST AMWELL NJ 08530 AREA ALL G WARREN HOME INSPECTIONS ARE CONDUCTED TO THE STANDARDS OF THE STATE OF NJ HOME INSPECTION LICENSING BOARD AND THE STANDARDS OF THE NACHI HOME INSPECTION ASSOCIATION.

HOME INSPECTOR NEW JERSEY - MIDDLESEX COUNTY WITH ZIP CODES
IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY NEW JERSEY NJ - WE INSPECT IN AVENEL NJ AREA 07001 G WARREN INC SERVICES THE BONHAMTOWN NJ 08837 AREA – LICENSED INSPECTOR FOR THE CARTERET NJ 07008 AREA – FIRST CLASS INSPECTORS FOR THE CLIFFWOOD NJ 07721 AREA - WE HAVE STATE LICENSED INSPECTORS FOR THE COLONIA NJ 07067 AREA – OUR HOME INSPECTION AREA INCLUDES THE CRANBURY NJ 08512 AREA - WE HAVE CONDUCTED NUMEROUS INSPECTIONS IN THE DAYTON NJ 08810 AREA - WE HAVE A STATE CERTIFIED INSPECTOR FOR THE DUNELLEN NJ 08812 AREA – CALL FOR AN AFFORDABLE HOME INSPECTION PRICE IN THE EAST BRUNSWICK NJ 08816 AREA – G WARREN INC HAS EXPERIENCED HOME INSPECTORS FOR THE EDISON NJ 08817 08837 08820 AREA - WE ABSOLUTELY INSPECT IN THE ENGLISHTOWN NJ 07726 AREA - WE HAVE COMPLETED MANY AN INSPECTION IN THE FORDS NJ 08863 AREA – YES, WE HAVE AFFORDABLE PRICES FOR A HOME INSPECTION IN THE HELMETTA NJ 08828 AREA - WE ABSOLUTELY GIVE FREE PRICE QUOTES FOR A INSPECTION IN HIGHLAND PARK NJ 08904 AREA - WE CONDUCT COMPLETE HOME INSPECTIONS IN HIGHTSTOWN NJ 08520 AREA - WE INSPECT ALL STYLE HOMES IN ISELIN NJ 08830 AREA – G WARREN HOME INSPECTION HAS CONDUCTED NUMEROUS HOME INSPECTIONS IN JAMESBURG NJ 08831 AREA – G WARREN INC HAS A FIRST CLASS HOME INSPECTOR FOR KEASBEY NJ 08832 AREA - WE INSPECT ALL THE DIFFERENT STYLE HOMES IN THE KENDALL PARK NJ 08824 AREA - WE DO INSPECT IN THE KINGSTON NJ 08828 AREA – OUR LICENSED NEW JERSEY INSPECTOR CONDUCT INSPECTIONS IN LAWRENCE HARBOR 08879 AREA - WE HAVE INSPECTED MANY COLONIAL STYLE HOMES IN THE MATAWAN NJ 07747 AREA - WE DO HOME AND GROUNDS INSPECTION IN THE MENLO PARK NJ 08837 AREA - WE DO COMPLETE HOME INSPECTIONS IN THE METUCHEN NJ 08840 AREA - WE INSPECT ALL TYPES OF HOUSES IN THE MIDDLESEX NJ 08846 AREA - WE CERTAINLY GIVE FREE QUOTES FOR A INSPECTIONS IN THE MILLTOWN NJ 08850 AREA - WE HAVE A NEW JERSEY LICENSED INSPECTOR FOR THE MONMOUTH JUNCTION NJ 08852 AREA – G WARREN INC DOES INSPECT AND EVALUATE HOMES IN THE MONROE NJ 08831 AREA - WE HAVE A LICENSED EXPERIENCED HOME INSPECTOR FOR NEW BRUNSWICK NJ 08901 AREA - WE HAVE INSPECTED IN NORTH BRUNSWICK NJ 08902 AREA FOR MANY YEARS - WE CONDUCT INSPECTIONS 7 DAY A WEEK IN OLD BRIDGE NJ 08857 AREA – G WARREN INC IS EXPERIENCED WITH HOME INSPECTIONS IN THE PARLIN NJ 08859 AREA – G WARREN INC HAS INSPECTED IN THE PERTH AMBOY NJ 08861 AREA FOR MANY YEARS - WE INSPECT MANY A TOWNHOUSE IN PISCATAWAY NJ 08854 AREA – WE INSPECT IN PISCATAWAYTOWN NJ 08817 AREA - WE DO CONDUCT INSPECTIONS IN THE PLAINSBORO NJ 08536 AREA - WE HAVE ALWAYS INSPECTED IN THE PORT READING NJ 07064 AREA – WE HAVE BEEN INSPECTING HOUSES IN SAYREVILLE NJ 08871 08872 FOR OVER 15 YEARS - WE HAVE INSPECTED MANY TWO FAMILY HOMES IN THE SEWAREN NJ 07077 AREA - WE CERTAINLY INSPECT IN SOUTH AMBOY NJ 08878 AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS - WE CONDUCT INSPECTIONS ON ALL TYPE OF HOMES IN THE SOUTH BRUNSWICK NJ 08852 AREA – G WARREN HAS A FIRST CLASS HOME INSPECTOR FOR THE SOUTH PLAINFIELD NJ 07080 AREA - WE INSPECT IN SOUTH RIVER NJ 08882 AREA - WE HAVE A NEW JERSEY LICENSED HOME INSPECTOR FOR THE SPOTSWOOD NJ 08884 AREA – G WARREN HOME INSPECTION HAS LICENSED, CERTIFIED, EXPERIENCED HOME INSPECTORS FOR THE WOODBRIDGE NJ 07095 AREA ALL G WARREN INC HOME INSPECTIONS CONDUCTED TO THE STANDARDS OF THE NEW JERSEY LICENSING BOARD AND THE NACHI HOME INSPECTOR ASSOCIATION STANDARDS.


NJ HOME INSPECTOR - MERCER COUNTY WITH ZIP CODES
IN MERCER COUNTY NEW JERSEY NJ - FREE PRICE QUOTES AT AFFORDABLE PRICES - WE HAVE COMPLETED HOME INSPECTIONS IN THE EAST WINDSOR NJ 08520 AREA FOR OVER 15 YEARS – WE HAVE CONDUCTED INSPECTIONS IN THE TWIN RIVERS NJ 08520 AREA – WE HAVE A STATE LICENSED HOME INSPECTOR FOR THE EWING NJ 08618 AREA – WE HAVE INSPECTED ALL TYPES OF HOUSES IN THE HAMILTON NJ 08619 AREA WE HAVE A TOP INSPECTOR FOR THE MERCERVILLE - HAMILTON SQUARE NJ 08690 AREA – WE DO INSPECT IN THE WHITE HORSE NJ 08610 AREA WITH A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL INSPECTOR – OUR INSPECTORS WILL SERVICE THE YARDVILLE – GROVEVILLE NJ 08620 AREAS AND SURROUNDING TOWNS - WE DO SERVICE THE MILTON NJ AREA AND SURROUNDING TOWNS – OUR COMPANY HAS A LICENSED HOME INSPECTOR FOR THE HIGHTSTOWN NJ 08520 AREA - WE HAVE A FIRST CLASS EXPERIENCED INSPECTOR FOR THE HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP NJ 08525 AREA - WE CONDUCT STATE LICENSED HOME INSPECTIONS IN THE HOPEWELL BORO NJ 08525 AREA AND SURROUNDING TOWNS – WE INSPECT ALL TYPES OF HOUSES IN THE LAWRENCE NJ 08648 AREA AND THE SURROUNDING TOWNS – OUR SERVICE AREA DOES INCLUDE THE PENNINGTON NJ 08534 AREA AND SURROUNDING TOWNS - WE HAVE A PROFESSIONAL HOME INSPECTOR FOR THE PRINCETON NJ 08542 08540 AREA - WE DO HAVE A NEW JERSEY HOME INSPECTOR FOR ROBBINSVILLE NJ 08609 AREA - WE HAVE COMPLETE MANY HOME INSPECTIONS IN THE WEST WINDSOR NJ 08550 AREA AND THE SURROUNDING TOWNS. ALL G WARREN HOME INSPECTIONS ARE CONDUCTED TO THE STANDARDS OF THE STATE OF NJ HOME INSPECTION LICENSING BOARD AND THE STANDARDS OF THE NACHI HOME INSPECTION ASSOCIATION.

HOME INSPECTOR NJ - MONMOUTH COUNTY WITH ZIP CODES

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Straight Talk About Abandoned
 In-ground Oil Tanks

Article by G. Warren
G. Warren Inc. NJ Home Inspection
(908) 757-3400
S. Plainfield , N.J.
 
 
ONE OF THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY A NEW HOME BUYER IS, “HOW DO I KNOW IF THERE IS AN ABANDONED OIL TANK ON THE PREMISES?’’

As an experienced home inspector, a licensed real estate appraiser and a real estate investor, I give the following advice:

(A) To really be sure there isn’t an in-ground oil tank, one must hire a professional with a special metal detector to search the property. This search costs about $250.00. But before spending any money on such a search, I suggest that the buyer first have a complete home and termite inspection. If the house is not acceptable and the purchase is terminated, the buyer could save the $250.00 tank search.

(B) Before starting the home inspection, ask the inspector to examine the grounds close to the house for any signs of an in-ground tank. Even though an in-ground tank is outside the scope of the home inspection, if the inspector sees signs of an in-ground tank, a courtesy report can be entered into the report and save the buyer the $250.00 search fee. Many times there are tell-tale signs of an in-ground oil tank such as a visible vent and/or filler pipes sticking up through the ground from the tank. Also, in the basement there may be disconnected oil lines coming through the foundation wall which were the feed lines from a one time in-ground oil tank. Another sign is a concrete channel that had been cut into the basement floor that leads to the furnace area. All oil lines running to a furnace must be covered by concrete for safety reasons. Most times when the lines are removed and the channel filled, a different colored fill concrete is a sure sign of a one time oil tank. Any of these signs is a good indication of a tank that has been removed or, there is still a tank in the ground. An almost sure sign that there is a tank is when a filler pipe is found in ground.

WE FOUND AN IN-GROUND TANK, NOW WHAT?
RULE ONE, under no condition purchase the house, no matter how “good the deal is” until the tank and ground are tested for any environmental contamination. The tank could have been abandoned many years ago with a couple hundred gallons of oil still in the tank. That oil may have leaked out over the years and contaminated the ground. A serious environmental condition is something you don’t need to inherit with the purchase. If an in-ground tank is discovered, notify your attorney immediately about the tank and have him ask the seller to provide the E. P. A. certification that the tank has been properly decommissioned.

WHAT IF THE SELLER SAYS THAT HE BOUGHT THE HOUSE “AS IS”, HE
DIDN’T KNOW THERE WAS IN-GROUND TANK AND HE’S NOT PAYING FOR ANY TANK TESTING.

Well, because he bought the house “as is” doesn’t make the problem acceptable. Now the buyer has a decision to make, either walk away and look for another house or pay for the tank and ground test. If I really wanted the house, I personally would pay for the tank and ground test. However, under no circumstances would I purchase a property with an untested oil tank. At this point I must give the reader another tip. If you have to pay for the tank and ground test, make sure you hire a reputable company to do the testing. A word of caution, the job is too important to hire a company based on price alone. Make sure the testing company has all the latest high-tech testing equipment.


THE SELLER SAYS HE DID HAVE AN IN-GROUND TANK BUT HAD IT REMOVED OR FILLED WITH SAND.
Your attorney should ask the seller for the township for certification that the tank was environmentally properly filled with sand or removed. One cannot just remove a tank or fill it with sand without the proper documentation from the NJDEP. These papers will be filed with the township.

WHAT IF THE SELLER SAYS THE TANK WAS REMOVED YEARS AGO BEFORE THE NJDEP DOCUMENTATION WAS REQUIRED.
(A) Ask where the tank was located. If you can find the old location, I suggest taking a ground contamination test in the area. Some would say at this point, “Aren’t you going a little too far with this testing thing?” With the tank gone you are probably safe to say that no further action is necessary but if you ever had any dealings with MURPHY’S LAW, you won’t hesitate to test the ground for contamination. (MURPHY’S LAW BEING - IF IT CAN HAPPEN IT WILL HAPPEN) By testing the ground you will know for sure if there is a contamination problem.

A TRUE STORY

I was inspecting a small house that seemed like a nice clean little house. When I got to the basement area, I detected a faint odor of oil, the type of oil used as fuel. The basement also had a small crawl space area with a dirt floor where a fuel storage tank was located. I crawled into the space to examine the tank and found a very slow leak. The leak was so small that one could not even see a drop forming on the tank. There wasn’t any big oil spot under the tank, just a little spot about 4 inches in diameter. Knowing the danger of oil contamination, I strongly urged the buyer not to purchase the house until the ground under the oil tank, in a tight crawl space, was tested for contamination.

About a month later I received a call from the same buyer requesting another home inspection on a different house. When I asked her why she was not buying the first house, she said forget it. The house can’t be sold. She said that the buyer had the ground tested for contamination and it had serious oil contamination. She went on to tell me that the little leak has caused $65,000.00 worth of contamination. The EPA was now involved in the clean up and the house cannot be sold.

THE SELLER SAYS HE HAS INSURANCE ON THE TANK THAT CAN BE TRANSFERRED TO THE NEW BUYER.
MAKE SURE the insurance policy covers ground contamination. Many insurance policies only cover the tank for a leak. Have your attorney go over the insurance policy thoroughly. I would also suggest that you call the insurance company and have them verify that ground contamination is covered. I have yet to know of an insurance company that is in business to pay claims.

TO SUM UP –WHEN YOU ARE BUYING A HOUSE WITH AN IN-GROUND OIL TANK BE CAUTIOUS.
(A) If there is a functioning in-ground tank, test the tank for leaks and the ground for contamination.
(B) If there is an abandoned in-ground tank, test the ground for contamination.


Article Copyrighted by G. Warren Inc. 2004


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