Have you recently learned that the soil in your yard or on a piece of land that you own is toxic? Perhaps it is located near a landfill or an abandoned factory. Or, perhaps there is an old oil or gas tank that was not properly removed from your property, and the contaminants have leaked into your soil. This can be a distressing situation for anyone who discovers their home is in the midst of toxic soil. However, there are several steps you can take to get your soil as clean and as healthy as possible via hazardous soil remediation. According to AMPCO Contracting Inc., keep in mind that hazardous soil remediation is not something you can do on your own as an individual homeowner or civilian. You must hire professionals who are certified and/or licensed in toxic soil remediation services. Read on to learn the top three problems that hazardous soil remediation can solve of for you and your neighborhood.
Problem #1: Soil Vapor Extraction
If contaminants are in your soil, you can hire someone to complete a soil vapor extraction, known as SVE. In this process, a professional will apply a vacuum to your soil via several drilled wells of at least three feet deep. From there, the professional will extract toxic chemical vapors in the soil that are located above the water table. Through this process the vapors are sufficiently cleared from any area above the water table — creating a clean and healthy soil cover for your home and yard.
Problem #2: Air Sparging Technique
Toxic chemicals that are making your yard unsafe to be in can be removed via a technique called air sparging. With this remediation process, a professional will drill what are known as injection wells into your soil and connect an air compressor to them. The compressor pumps clean air below the ground and into the water, thereby pushing the bubbles containing toxic vapors above the water table. From here, an SVE treatment can be applied to pull the vapors completely out of the ground.
Problem #3: Removing Old Oil Tanks
If your home was built between 1930 and the 1950s, there is a fair chance that oil was used to heat it. That means you may have an old oil tank somewhere on your property. Always call a licensed environmental professional to assess whether you have an old oil tank or whether the one currently in your yard still has oil in it. Old oil tanks that are buried in your yard can corrode and leak toxic oil into your soil. If you know that you have an old oil tank buried in your yard, then have it professionally removed. It will cost you between $5,000 and $10,000 to remove the oil tank, depending on its size, but in the long-run it is worth it to the health and safety of the inhabitants of your home. Also, you don’t want to risk trying to dig up an old oil tank — they are extremely heavy — and to accidentally sever the side of the tank and cause an oil spill in your yard. If you suspect oil has leaked into your soil, have a professional test it and begin remediation to clean your soil. Removing the tank is the first step in that process.
In conclusion, it can be one of the most stressful and disheartening situations to learn that your beloved home where you are attempting to raise healthy children is sitting on toxic land. Not all homeowners realize this when first purchasing their homes or a piece of land because there might not be a complete history of the property available, the previous owners may lie about what they know, or a toxic situation happens after you have purchased the property. In any of these situations, there is recourse, however. Hazardous soil remediation can clean up your property and give you and your land a new life. Keep in mind our guide of the top three problems that can be solved by toxic soil remediation — and get started on your professional cleanup process today.