Tank Sweep – Book Online or Call 503-939-9585 to Schedule
Schedule a Heating Oil Tank Search with Rush Locates for the great price of $100. Get a discount when you schedule a sewer scope and radon test at the same time with our Homebuyer Inspection Package.
If no one has done a tank sweep recently then we highly recommend getting an oil tank search in any neighborhood that existed prior to the 1970’s, even if there is a record of one tank being decommissioned. We sometimes find homes with two buried tanks, tanks on split lots, lots on vacant land where a building used to be, and sometimes tanks under the home itself.
There is no substitute for getting a qualified professional to perform a tank sweep. The tank locator at Rush Locates has found multiple tanks that other companies in town missed when they performs a tank sweep. When a tank is very likely or very unlikley you can often find some evidence of that.
Find out if there is a 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. Getting a tank sweep may be the only way to find out if there are tanks.
Sometimes two or even three underground storage tanks can be present on the same property. Even with records remediation from one tank we still see tanks nearby that are still a problem. Sometimes it’s on the other side of the home, sometimes right next to the known tank. Getting a tank sweep done is in your best interests if you don’t have a record of one.
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.
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 sweep if you haven’t had one.
The oil tank sweep 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.