Residential Tanks

Residential Tank Services

Petro Mechanics has been working with residents for over 40 years removing and installing home heating tanks. We are completedly inusred and certified by Highland Tank, Xerxes, Containment Solutions and other Above Ground (AST) and Under Ground (UST) Storage Tanks. We are licensed by the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection through the UST certification program to perform complete removals and installations of both AST and UST tanks.

Let Petro Mechanics offer you a simple solution.

Are you selling your house and have an abanadoned or underground storage tank you need removed or replaced? Call the experts Petro Mechanics ! We are fully licensed by the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).We also are certified by the tank manufacturers to install and remove above ground (AST) and underground (UST) storage tanks.

Our process for peforming a tank removal and installation:

1. Obtain all required permits for any tanks being removed or installed. We go to your local town and file all the paperwork required. When the permits are ready we go and pick them up.While waiting for the permits we contact all required agencies for utlitlies mark outs.(Any privately run utlities by owner including but not limited to gas lines, electric lines, sprinkler lines, water lines, sewer lines, telephone lines, etc should be shown to us so they are not disturbed.)

2. Your new tank is now installed possibly in your basement for example.Pipe is run for the vent and fill to the outside wall.A tank gauge and overfill alarm is installed.Copper tubing is installed to connect to the existing oil burner.

3.An air test is done to verify the tank and piping have no leaks.

4.The inspector is now required to come inspect the new tank. After the inspector approves the new tank any leftover fuel in the old tank can now be transferred to the new tank. (Existing tanks are assumed to be emptied by Owner prior to start of project unless otherwise stated and accounted for.)

5. If you have an underground tank being removed it will be uncovered and the top will be cut open.

6. All sludge and tank bottoms will be placed in DOT approved drums and the interior will be cleaned.

7. The tank can now be completely excavated and removed.

8. Now we call for the inspection of the removed tank.

9. After inspection we will back fill excavation with bank run gravel, level disturbed area, seed and mulch as needed. 

10. The old tank is removed from the property and disposed of properly in accordance with local and state regulations.

Every tank job is not always the same which is why you want it done by an experienced professional. Some of the possible scenarios that might be encountered which can alter the basic removal of an old tank.

1. The discovery of rock, or the necessity to blast and/or remove such.

2. The discovery of water that could necessitate the need to de-water the excavation or cause potential OSHA related hazards which could include the necessity to brace the excavation.

3. Anchoring of tanks due to water.

4. The discovery of pollution, the removal of extra soil as may be directed due to that discovery, the piling per N.J. Soil Waste Management laws of polluted, excavated soils or the disposal or sampling of said soils.

5. Petro-Mechanics, Inc. regrets that it cannot be responsible for shrubs/trees directly in the excavated area.  While every effort will be made to preserve the existing plants, the removal of one or more may be necessary.

6.The manifesting, removal of tank bottoms, sludge or liquids placed in DOT drums or removed by vacuum truck.

7. While not typical if you are required by your town to have engineering plans or other documents created.

8. If the tank is registered and shows NO contamination there will be a charge payable to the Treasurer, State of New Jersey for review of the Site Assessment.  If remediation is required, there will be an additional charge payable as above.

If you have additional questions please give us a call!