Speedy Solutions is a family-operated business with 20 plus years of experience in oil tank detection and oil tank removal in Burnaby and the Greater Vancouver area. Our goal is simple: to put the needs of our customers first. We are committed to getting the project done right and on time, while looking for ways to save you money and ensure all your needs are met for the sale of your property.

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Oil tanks have been used to heat homes for decades. Up until the 1970’s, many Burnaby homes had furnaces fueled with oil stored in tanks. These storage tanks were either installed aboveground or buried underground, and sometimes both. As natural gas became more readily available, most homeowners switched to this cheaper and cleaner heating source, leaving oil tanks abandoned or unused. Some Burnaby homeowners may not even realize that they have an abandoned or unused old tank on their property.

Underground oil tanks that are left to decompose, rather than properly drained and removed, can begin to leak oil over time. This poses a potential hazard if the oil tank collapses or if it begins to leak oil into the surrounding soil or groundwater. This creates a potential legal and financial liability for Burnaby homeowners. In our experience, the presence of an oil tank usually has a negative impact on the market value of the property. 

In Burnaby, a permit is required for the removal of any aboveground or underground storage tank.  Permit fees are $50.00 per tank for residential properties and $100.00 per tank for commercial properties. All tank removal companies must have a valid Burnaby Business Licence and must present the licence number and scheduled date of tank removal when applying for a permit.

Another important note for Burnaby is that you must submit a final report to the City once the process of oil tank removal has been completed. This documentation must include site photos and supporting documentation for the permit, the disposal of the fluid contents and tank, clean backfill, and if applicable, results of the soil samples and verification that the soil meets the Ministry of Environment’s guidelines for acceptable limits. We recommend that an independent environmental consultant and lab be used for soil sampling and analysis.

To make the process as simple for you as possible, Speedy Solutions will obtain all the necessary permits and subcontract the necessary consultants on your behalf to ensure nothing is overlooked.


With hundreds of oil tank removals under our belt, we’ve seen many different scenarios with varying levels of difficulty. There isn’t a tank removal scenario that we haven’t completed successfully. We’ve done projects all over Burnaby, including North Burnaby, Deer Lake, Edmonds, Metrotown and the South Slope.

We are licensed and insured and in great standing with WorkSafeBC and BBB. We work closely with Burnaby city and fire departments to ensure all work is completed to meet their requirements.

Oil Tank Scan

If you are buying a property and simply not sure if there is a buried oil tank on there, we can help with our thorough oil tank detection service. Our accurate detection and same-day documentation are why realtors like to recommend us to their clients.

Oil Tank Removal

We provide cost-effective oil tank removal while seeking every possible way to minimize impact to your yard. We understand the importance of preserving the look of your property and are also specialists in site restoration.

Soil Remediation

In the event that a tank has leaked, some soil remediation may be required. We work closely with all our clients to thoroughly explain the process, ensuring that a clean site is achieved.


If you’re unsure whether an oil tank exists on your property or the property you’re planning to purchase, we’d be glad to send a trained technician to perform a scan. If we do not detect a tank, then we will issue a certificate that states there was no evidence found of a tank on the property.

If a tank is detected, Speedy Solutions will issue a tank removal quote at no charge to the property owner. This is a fixed price quote (not an estimate) of how much it would cost to safely remove the tank and its contents, and have mandatory soil testing performed.

We’re here to help. Contact us today to discuss the oil tank removal process. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are our answers to the most common questions we get from Burnaby customers about oil tank removal.

How much does oil tank removal cost in Burnaby?

The cost of removing your oil tank can vary depending on the size of the tank, where it is buried on the property, how much oil is remaining in the tank, if there has been a leak, among several other factors. It’s best to give us a call so we can understand your situation better and provide you with a detailed and accurate quote. Give us a call today.

How does having an underground oil tank affect selling or buying a home?

Most real estate professionals do not recommend selling or buying a property with an underground oil tank because of the unknown condition of the tank or the surrounding soil, and most lenders will not finance or mortgage a property with an underground oil tank. In addition, most insurance companies will not insure a property with a known oil tank.

How quickly can a project be scheduled, and how long does it take to remove an oil tank?

Once a customer decides to go forward with the project, we can schedule the oil tank removal within one week. In most cases, the oil tank removal process takes one day and then it takes up to seven days to receive lab results of the soil sampling. Especially in situations related to a property sale, we work with customers regularly to meet their sales conditions and closing date requirements. It’s best to give us a call so we can provide you with an accurate timeline.

What do you do with the oil you removed from my tank?

We safely transport it to a remediation facility where the soil is processed and recycled.

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Hired Speedy to deal with soil after a U/G oil tank had been removed years prior. Soil tested positive and the ordeal began! Area of concern was under a recently built deck/ramp (which had to be supported & partially taken down) with access from a back lane (next to a carport) through a veggie garden and a rockery! Art and his team (Tanner was great) dealt with this methodically with minimal disruption to the back yard. They had to use smaller equipment and build a sturdy ramp, strong enough for the small excavator, electric Dumper and over 100 Ton of contaminated soil! The job was completed successfully and the yard looks better than prior to the Soil Removal! Art was competent, readily available and professional at all times. Price was even less than I expected! Would rate Arts Speedy Solutions as a 10/10.


Hello, for those that are taking the necessary steps to find whether you may have an old buried tank on your property, your first process is to find an excellent and reliable company who is knowledgeable in the industry and with “Art’s Speedy Solutions” I’ve found it. Art, the proprietor of “Speedy Solutions” is a friendly and dependable contractor who made the process simple by giving a straight and honest evaluation with just facts and made the experience pleasant during an anxious time. Make the right choice and call Art for your “tank removal” requirements.


We contacted 5 companies to inquire about an oil tank scan on a Saturday. Art’s Speedy Solutions was the only company willing to perform the task on a Saturday. He was very easy to communicate with through phone call and text. Despite our need to push the inspection out another week, he was able to work with us and kept in communication with us throughout the process.


We needed to book the oil tank scan with a short notice because of our subject removal date. I called many companies and Art was very quick in responding back and accommodated us on such a short notice. He was very professional and provided us the report also within few hours of inspection. I would definitely recommend Art’s name for any work related to Oil tank. Thanks.


Art was great. If you want something done ask a busy man. Art has a busy business but completed the job efficiently. He came in on budget and at a lower cost than we were expecting. Arthur tried to reduce the costs where he could and was very careful to cause as little disruption as possible. He cleaned up our yard very nicely.. I would recommend Arthur without reservation.


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