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Heating oil tank removal, abandonment, installation, soil testing and remediation, and more in Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Hudson, Union County, lower New York State and beyond. Residential and commercial. New Jersey & New York’s most trusted oil tank company.


Our $20K Oil Tank Testing Guarantee


Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and procedures, we will test soils extensively around and under the oil tank until we feel we can guarantee the tank test. We don’t just test soils around the oil tank, but we extend under the tank as well.

If we test your oil tank and it passes 100%, and upon removal or abandonment, the tank is found to have discharged oil up to 30 days after the test date, Steve Rich Environmental Contractors will pay for the environmental cleanup up to $20,000.00.

Notes About Oil Tank Testing

All the companies that call themselves ‘tank testing’ companies have a loophole in their reports! The reason is the tank testing cost is relatively inexpensive. If a company was to do such a comprehensive test, the cost of equipment and redundancy to guarantee a test would cost more than removing the oil tank. In reality, the test is good, just not perfect.

So, before going with a tank testing firm other than Steve Rich, ask the company to put in writing that their tank test comes with a 100% guarantee that if the tank has any holes, any leaks, needs any cleanup, or any thing at all, they will pay for it.

You will learn their reports will say the following:

  • A margin of error
  • Tolerance level factor
  • Acceptable limits
  • Representative sample limits
  • Manufacturer’s limits


No Oil Tank Test is Perfect

The first thing a prospective buyer should know is there is no oil tank test that is 100% accurate. Every tank test has flaws and disclaimers. No environmental company will ever guarantee that there is no leak and no potential liability. Depending on the needs of a specific project, there are a number of tests available. All have their own pros and cons. Except for Steve Rich Environmental Contractors.

Soil Testing/Soil Borings

This type of test is completed by advancing probes down the side of the oil tank and extracting samples. Most probes or augers are about one inch in length.

PRO: If samples are advanced under the tank grave further than just the bottom, the test will typically eliminate the risk of a major cleanup. You could however, still be responsible for a cleanup in the range of $3,000 to $8,000 if there is minor contamination.CON: The soil test results will only tell you that in the exact spots that were sampled, there was or was not oil in that spot. This is not a guarantee.

Volumetric/Tightness Testing

There are many versions of this test, but most are regulated by the EPA. Regulations state that the test must be accurate to find leaks that are greater than ten gallons per hour. Often, because of a rusty vent pipe, results can be misleading as to whether a tank is leaking leading to more work.

PRO: Finds potential problems in other parts of the tank which might be failing prior to a leak.CON: Not uncommon that tanks pass only to find out a major cleanup is warranted and later prove the tank has leaked 100 gallons. A tenth of a gallon per hour is just less than 2.4 gallons per day.

Want to be guaranteed and have some assurance? Hire Steve Rich!

While it costs a little more, it offers a guarantee from any added expense provided you remove the tank within 30 days of the job. With our Oil Tank Assurance testing, we use a combination of testing methods to bring our accuracy up to a 99.99% tolerance allowing us to guarantee our results. As part of the agreement, an affiliated Steve Rich Group company must remove the oil tank as well.

With Steve Rich Environmental Contractors, you’ll have peace of mind.

It is very important to realize that no oil tank test provides enough information to determine the extent of contamination or the cost of remediation.

Steve Rich came up with this approved way of testing soil after discovering that EVERY tank testing company had a margin of error. Testing was only accurate within their tolerances, and would not guarantee 100% that there was no contamination in the ground.

Remember, when a company badmouths a specific company without facts, they are hiding something or looking to take advantage of you. We will explain our procedures and give you the pros and cons of other procedures. We urge you to not sign with another company before you feel you are 100% covered.

Tank Testing Procedure


One of our experienced technicians will arrive at your site to evaluate an underground storage tank. The technician will locate the fill pipe. They will then check for product and water measurements as well as the depth of the tank, using an oil measuring stick. The exact size, boundaries and perimeter will be established.

Don’t hire any testing company until you ask: “Is this test guaranteed?”

Soil Analysis Procedure

ground-water-in-sampleThe technician will then visually check your property for utilities, which include water, sewer, gas, phone, cable, and electric. Using a thin metal probe, the technician will then confirm the tank size by probing the soil to confirm the ends of the tank.

Next, the technician will utilize a series of earth boring equipment, including but not limited to augers, rotary hammers, GeoProbe, hand augers and core drills.

Soil samples will be collected from 0-6 inches below the base of the tank at most locations. If these are confirmed with field analysis and or a PID meter to be negative of hydrocarbons, a sample will be extended to at least 24” below the oil tank and possibly until ground water is found to thoroughly test the soils. The samples will then be combined in equal amounts into one jar and transported to a NJDEP lab.

Example to a patched hole from a probe.

On projects where refusal is met (typically rock or concrete at or under the the oil tank bottom), with approval,  a standard tank test will be performed at a reduced rate voiding the guarantee (typically only 50% of the price).

Site conditions vary and the guarantee can only be given when Steve Rich can complete all the work as described, without limitations or obstructions.

In cases where full access cannot be achieved, a minimum mobilization fee of $200.00 will be charged.


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Based on 101 reviews
William Heyman
William Heyman
January 3, 2024
Very helpful, friendly and the price was reasonable. Great staff! Would highly recommend them
Pedro Junior
Pedro Junior
December 16, 2023
They did a fast and great job removing oil tank with no problems , you guys are they best
Cristin Burtis
Cristin Burtis
December 7, 2023
I had an excellent experience with this company. They performed the work on time and communicated every step of the way. I highly recommend them.
Deb Skawinski
Deb Skawinski
November 28, 2023
A special thank you to an amazing team from Steve Rich Environmental who helped from the time of estimate until completion of the project. A special shout out to Louis and Mark who worked so hard and so professionally to complete the job . With gratitude and appreciation ..
Scott A
Scott A
November 13, 2023
Steve Rich is a great group of professionals that make a messy job less stressful. They took care of two of my commercial properties. One was an easy oil tank removal and the other was not so easy. There was remediation work that needed to be done and there were many people that they needed to coordinate with including PSEG, county and city departments, as well as the tenants of the buildings. They did it all with the upmost competency and professionalism. Everything was always explained and reviewed with me and even the owner came to the job site for a meeting. Suzanne took great care of our remediation and educated us along the way so we never had a doubt this was being done correctly. If I could give them 6 stars I would. I highly recommend them for any job, commercial or residential.
Laurie Reid
Laurie Reid
November 6, 2023
Steve Rich Environmental Contractors were a dream to work with. Glenn Fisher made everything so easy and the workers the day of were extremely polite and professional. Would highly recommend.
Kathy Gonzales
Kathy Gonzales
October 3, 2023
I received the recommendation for Steve Rich and Associates, Inc. from a friend who raved about their service. My first contact was during the weekend and online. Steve called me back on the next work day. And from there everything was clearly explained. All my questions were answered. Steve and his office had everything organized. The permit came in a timely manner. PSE&G labeled the gas and water lines. Everything was taken care of. The day of the oil tank removal went smoothly. All work was done neatly. A tarp was put out to collect the dirt. The hole that was dug was precise and just the size needed to remove the tank. The crew that came walked me though the process and answered all my questions. It was arranged for PSE&G to be there to make sure none of the digging for the oil tank was done around the gas line. The whole process could not have been easier. I wholeheartedly recommend this company for removal of an underground oil tank. And bonus!!! My oil tank was intact and had no signs of contamination in the soil.
Karin D
Karin D
September 8, 2023
I recently had to have an underground oil tank removed for a sale of a home. Everyone of their staff members, and I dealt with quite a few people were exceptional. They assisted me promptly. They were professional, courteous, and fair with their pricing. All around a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend them.
Devin Pendergast
Devin Pendergast
August 23, 2023
I reached out to Steve Rich for our oil tank removal - we were selling our house, and needed to have it removed. The service from Steve Rich is great, and easy and to the point. Their prices were better than 2 other companies I reached out to, and Glenn responded to my inquiry super fast. They also helped guide me for getting the permit. Glenn helped answer all my questions, and we were able to get a schedule pinned down in about a week (it depends on your town), but everything went smooth, and Glenn sent the completed paperwork the next day to ensure we could move forward with the sale. The actual extraction was super smooth. Danny was the excavator, and he used a detector and found exactly where the tank was, and they were done in just a few hours. Overall, great experience for something so intimidating. Much easier than I expected, and better price than the others I reached out to. Recommended for Passaic county and wherever else they might serve in the NE.
August 4, 2023