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swergarian, Home Buyer in Bridgewater, NJ

how do I find out if a home in Bridgewater has a buried oil tank?

Asked by swergarian, Bridgewater, NJ Thu Jul 26, 2012

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Jeanne Feenick’s answer
Just chiming in on this one - a tank sweep is the only way to be sure. That can be included in your home inspection. You'll also want to include the question in your attorney review language. But you will not rely solely on the seller's response because he/she may not be certain.

Once again, a tank sweep is the only way to be sure.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 28, 2012
This is an old post but a timely question - so I will chime in. Yes, the only way to be sure is to do a tank sweep. Relatively inexpensive but high value for peace of mind. Recommended when you are buying into a neighborhood that is older and might well have been developed at a time when underground tanks were in place.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 8, 2014
Tank sweep is what you need to have done by an environmental co. that does these. If you need a co., that one that does mine are great and it'll run $200. Pretty low compared to some of the other co.'s that are doing it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 4, 2014
Definitely do have a sweep done as second tanks have been known to be found and the owners are not even aware of it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 4, 2013
To determine if an underground tank or tanks exist, there are specific companies who perform what is called a "tank sweep". These companies can be found in the yellow pages or from your agent. Hope this helps.
Pat Pertusi
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 27, 2012
Get a tank sweep. Hoffman is an excellent company. Quick and reasonable. Tell them I sent you as I am one of their preferred agents and I think you even get it for less. (I get nothing for referring you, just your satisfaction!) You can reach them at 732-513-2265
Better to be sure ahead of time as finding out after you own (usually when you go to sell) can be a disaster if there is a tank and it has leaked.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 27, 2012
You can go to the township and look at the public records to see if there is a permit on file for a removal or abandonment of a tank. If you are going to offer on the house you can put in the contract that you will be looking for a tank and that you would want it removed before closing. The town records won't tell you if there isn't one (unless they confirm that it was removed) but it's a place to start. Your inspector will be able to advise you if there might be one and a tank sweep only costs about $250.00.

Good luck!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 27, 2012
If it is a older home it is a good idea to have it checked. Hire a local professional who specializes in this service. Also look for signs such as a fill pipe, vent pipe or oil lines.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 26, 2012
If you have that suspicion, it would be a good idea to order a tank sweep from a reputable company. All sorts of things can turn up!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 26, 2012
You can perform a tank sweep as part of the home inspection process.
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