If you need to remove a heating oil tank and dispose of it, Saile Environmental Engineering has the experience and process to remediate you’re environmental issue. More importantly, we remove/dispose of far less soil than most other yank-a-tank contractors.

We have extensive experience in tank removal, including both underground and above-ground tanks. When removing underground tanks, we restore the area around and above the tank to original condition and dispose of the tank in an authorized facility.

In all tank removals, we acquire permits as needed; remove any remaining oil; and remove and/or seal tank piping as needed to keep your basement dry and prevent accidental deliveries. We can also remove tanks that were previously filled.

Planning on purchasing a new home or commercial property? It’s important to know whether there is any underground tank on the property!

Always remember: if you purchase a property with an underground storage tank, any contamination becomes your responsibility! Saile has an outstanding team that will come to your property and identify the presence or absence of an underground storage tank.

There are several technologies available to test whether a tank has leaked. Many of those can give erroneous or misleading results.

Saile recommends sampling the soil at the base of the tank, the State of New Jersey also recommends soil sampling.

Saile personnel will arrive on-site, locate the tank, and collect soil samples for analysis. Saile collects at least four soil samples and analyzes each sample discretely. This is the ONLY way to identify if that tank has leaked, or the delivery company spilled oil onto the ground.

Having your tank removed, inspected and the soil around it tested will eliminate any potential problems you would have encountered if your tank remained on your property. Removing your underground storage tank will satisfy the most stringent of home inspections or due diligence by future homebuyers.


  • Safety is our primary concern! Our team will confirm the location of underground utilities before beginning the tank removal process.
  • Once the underground storage tank (UST) is located, a small track excavator will be used to expose the tank.
  • The UST is then cut open and the contents, usually fuel oil and sludge, are removed with a licensed vacuum truck and transported to a certified liquid disposal facility or transferred, at your request, somewhere else.
  • Fully covered in protective gear, a representative from SAILE enters the tank to clean it with absorbent pads and a squeegee.
  • The UST is then removed with the excavator and inspected for holes or signs of corrosion by both Saile Environmental Engineering personnel and the municipal inspector.
  • Upon completion of the inspection of both the tank and its grave, the excavation is filled to grade with certified clean fill. A 550-gallon tank removal typically yields a 6 foot by 8 foot excavation area roughly graded. A 1000-gallon tank removal typically yields a 6 foot by 13 foot excavation area roughly graded.



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