Speedy Solutions is a family-operated business with over 20 years of experience in detecting and safely removing oil tanks in New Westminster and the Greater Vancouver region. We are very familiar with New Westminster, having worked extensively in neighbourhoods including Massey Heights, Queens Park, Sapperton, Uptown, West End and Queensborough. 

We have a great working relationship with the local fire department and the city of New Westminster and consistently ensure all work is completed to meet their requirements. 

Our commitment is to offer you expert service at competitive rates. Not only that, we strive to get the project done right and on time, while continually looking for ways to save you money.

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In New Westminster, many homes built between the 1920s and 1970s used oil as a heating fuel, with tanks buried underground generally within a few feet of the house. Although oil tanks have become almost obsolete as more effective heating methods were introduced, in many cases oil tanks were left abandoned and not pumped out. New West homeowners may not realize they have an abandoned or unused oil tank on their property until the question is asked when trying to sell their property or renew home insurance.

Underground oil tanks have an average life of 20 to 25 years, after which they can begin to corrode, rust and leak. The resulting leakage may flow and cause contamination of the surrounding soil and groundwater, and in some cases the neighbouring property and waterways. Besides having a negative financial impact on the market value of the property, it can create a legal liability for homeowners and potential buyers.

Based on our experience and information from the City of New Westminster’s Public Safety and Prevention team, signs that you may have an underground tank include:

  • A filler pipe sticking out of the ground (3” diameter steel pipe);
  • A vent pipe at the side of the house (2” diameter steel pipe);
  • A metal pipe cap close to the front or back yard (filler pipe);
  • A sunken area on your lawn;
  • A red switch near the furnace labelled “oil burner”.

The City of New Westminster recommends contracting the services of a professional oil tank contractor to survey the property to verify or negate the existence of an oil tank. That’s where we come in, having scanned hundreds of properties across New West and sharing our findings with the fire department. We are licensed, insured and in great standing with WorkSafeBC and BBB. 


Oil Tank Scan

If you are buying a property or simply not sure if you have a buried oil tank on yours, we can help with our thorough oil tank detection service. Our accurate detection and same-day documentation are why New Westminster 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 maintaining the look of your property and getting the job done in a timely fashion, especially if it is already listed for sale.

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. Customers tell us that they really appreciate our daily updates and attention to detail restoring the site.


So 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 New West homeowners about oil tank detection and removal.

How much does oil tank removal cost in New Westminster?

It’s best to give us a call so we can better understand your situation. 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. We’re happy to discuss the process with you and send you a detailed and accurate quote.

What do I need to know about New West oil tank bylaws?

If a fuel storage tank is located, a permit is required from New Westminster Fire & Rescue Services to remove or decommission the tank. The fee for the oil tank permit is $100.00.  

Important to note, it is required that the Contractor or Contaminated Site Approved Professional (CSAP) submit a final report which includes:

  • Shipping records documenting recycling or disposal of the tank, piping residues, soil and fuel;
  • An accurate site plan showing where the tank is located
  • Notes and good quality colour photos taken during removal, inspection and cleanup (if necessary), such photos to clearly display the site and tank condition;
  • CSAP Report:
    • Documentation of any cleanup work done;
    • Contamination measurement results, including any analytical results.

Speedy Solutions will retrieve the necessary permits from the fire department and in some cases, from the city arborist if they deem tree protection is required. We will also coordinate all subcontractors involved to ensure a hassle-free process for you.

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 if I decide to sell my house with an underground oil tank?

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/mortgage a property with an underground oil tank. In addition, most insurance companies will not insure a property with a known oil tank.

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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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