Soil Testing

Soil testing around an underground heating oil tank is an important part of determining if contamination exists in the soil and how much the cost of soil remediation may be. ATS will obtain a soil sample from each side of the underground tank to thoroughly determine the status of the soil.

Soil Test

Noninvasive Soil Testing 

ATS will noninvasively sample the soil surrounding the underground heating tank to check for soil contamination. We use our inductive locator to map the location of the underground tank and take four samples from the perimeter of the of the tank. Soil testing is an important part of the tank testing process and assists in determining the potential cost for soil remediation. Yearly soil and tank testing can assist in avoiding high soil remediation costs.  

S.T.E.P.S. Soil Testing

ATS is one of a select few companies certified to perform S.T.E.P.S. testing.

Our soil testing personnel have undergone extensive training and obtained certifications by International Lubrication & Fuel Consultants (ILFC) to perform this comprehensive evaluation. ILFC developed the S.T.E.P.S. evaluation primarily for underground tanks under 1,000 gallons.

S.T.E.P.S. predicts the tank’s viability.

This testing process will identify the corrosion rate of buried steel tanks and determine the presence of other factors that accelerate corrosion.


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Areas covered by this service
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)

Why Use ATS For This Service

Tank Testing
Expert Field Inspectors

Our soil testing personnel have been extensively field trained and strictly adhere to state and federal guidelines for extracting and testing soil surrounding underground storage tanks.

Tank Testing
Safe & Reliable Testing Process

Our technicians will locate buried tanks using magnetic locators. This will pinpoint the outline of the tank’s structure and identify the area where soil should be tested.

Comprehensive Soil Testing Package

This soil evaluation tests the tanks for leaks and identifies petroleum product in the ground. This is the most comprehensive evaluation available and consists of both our full soil evaluation and tank tightness test.

Thorough Sampling and Lab Testing Ensure Accuracy

We advise our clients to test the soil on all 4 sides of the underground oil tank as corroding tanks will will often leak from one side of the tank only.

If this is the case and soil is tested from the side that is not leaking, the evaluation would not detect the soil contamination, opening you and your home up to severe environmental liability.

Samples are also evaluated by an independent state-certified laboratory to make absolutely sure that your results are completely accurate.


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  • How is the soil tested if the tank is buried underneath a driveway?

    No special process is necessary. First our soil testing technician will use a magnetic detector to map the layout and location of the underground tank. The technician then extracts soil samples from the mapped area on each side of the tank which will require drilling holes approximately the size of a half-dollar. After the soil is extracted, the technician will use patch to fill the disturbed areas.

  • What is the reporting turnaround time?

    Soil analysis reporting takes between 5 and 7 business days from the sampling date as the analyses must go through the state certified testing process and quality control to ensure the integrity of the testing. If you require a faster turnaround, speak with our office staff for current options.

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I used ATS for an oil tank scan, and sure enough they found an oil tank. Turned out that the soil was also contaminated. Upon further analysis, the soil contamination was thirteen times the acceptable limit. Needles to say, we are not buying the house. I cannot say enough good things about ATS. They saved my family and I from a potentially crushing liability. I would recommend them to anyone buying a home in the Tri-state area.

A. Reinitz, New Jersey

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