Get a Tank Search in the Portland, OR Area – Book Online or Call 503-939-9585
Find out if there is an reported oil tank on your property in Oregon by checking the following resources. If you live in Vancouver or elsewhere in Washington, you can look for signs of heating oil use or schedule a tank locate but there are no public databases to search. Getting a tank search may be the only way to find out if there are tanks.
Occasionally two (and in extra rare cases three) underground storage tanks can be present on the same property. So getting a tank search is still recommended on every home that hasn’t had one. Homes that were built before 1975 (or are in neighborhoods that existed before 1975) are at high risk for having buried oil tanks. Getting a tank search done is usually in your best interests if you don’t have a record of one.
DEQ FILES – Check This Link for DEQ files existing at all. Or visit this DEQ page for more info. You contact the DEQ Heating Oil Tank department via email at [email protected] or call the help hotline at 503-229-6170.
DEQ LUST -Check to see if contaminated soil samples have been received by the Oregon DEQ by searching for the address on the Leaking Underground Storage Tank list. If the file type is CLOSED, then the tank is certified as decommissioned, if it is OPEN or UNASSIGNED, the tank has not been certified.
DEQ LIST – Check to see if a voluntary certification for decommissioning exists for a tank which did not leak. This is a downloadable file for the List of Intact Storage Tanks. Search for the house number with the Find function (Ctrl +F on Windows & Linux – Command + F on Mac)
Unless it was very recent the Oregon DEQ will list all certifications and contaminated soil samples in the above databases. However homes that were decommissioned with no contamination but who did not pay to become certified will not show up on these lists.
PortlandMaps.com – Search for your address, then click on the ‘permits’ button. Scroll down to see if there are any permits for ‘Underground Storage Tanks’. Be sure the permit is for the correct address and not a nearby address. These permits will only exist for homes in close-in Portland, as seen in the image below.
You can also look through the home yourself to try and identify any signs of heating oil use in the past.
Because second tanks occur in maybe 1% of homes with oil heat. You should consider getting an oil tank search if you haven’t had one.
The oil tank search involves a search through the above listed public records and may include searching though historic imagery and neighborhood trends. The on-site investigation searches for signs of oil oil plumbing as seen in the signs of oil page. Then we use a variety of metal detectors and magnetometers. We have special other tools for extreme situations and investigation.
The report will include anything large and metal that is underground. This includes things like: Metal cesspools, septic tanks, home gasoline tanks, second underground oil tanks, and buried car doors.
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