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.