Curren Environmental Blog

Does turning UP the Air Conditioner when you leave for the day cause mold growth?

Posted by Tiffany Byrne on Aug 16, 2018 3:19:00 PM

When you leave your home on a hot and humid day, do you turn your air conditioner up past let’s say.... 78 degrees? Do you close all your windows and doors (probably yes for intruders!), and you didn’t have time to close the blinds and curtains? When you return home, if you don’t have the smart thermostat (more on that later), it may be a bit more hot, humid and muggier than when you left bright eyed in the morning - right? Now that is just one day, if you go on vacation for more that just that one day, do you turn your AC up or just plain off?

Mold growth on wood paneling

This may be something you do every day before you leave, and maybe, some days you get back later than others. Maybe, you don’t come back at all that day until after dinner, or when the kids are done their activities. You just provided a prime condition for mold spores and mold growth in your home. During these hot and humid months, Curren recommends the following to keep mold spores and mold growth out of your home:
  • Use your central air conditioning with a higher number MERV filter. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Rating Value. The higher the MERV, the better the filter will perform at removing smaller particle sizes. MERV 1 through 4 are designed to remove large particles. MERV 5 through 16 filters remove finer particles. The average particle size efficiency has three ranges: E1 (0.3 to 1 micron), E2 (1 to 3 micron) and E3 (3 to 10 micron) will determine MERV for these products. High MERV filters can help trap the mold spores that are naturally present.
  • Lower your indoor humidity. If your humidity is above 50 percent, then fungi will thrive. Try to keep your humidity at 35 percent.
  • Open doors within your home so air flow is fluent within the space.
  • Use your dehumidifier in your basement and crawl space. Make sure the bucket is being continually emptied, either into a sink or sump pump. The dehumidifier constantly keeps humidity lower in your home.
  • Keep your stove exhaust fan running when you cook, this will stop moisture from being added to the indoor air.
  • Always use your bathroom fan, this grabs the moisture and brings it (hopefully and not to your attic) to the outside.
Photo Aug 09, 11 54 23 AMMost importantly, if you can, keep your air conditioner running at a rate that keeps the humidity down in your home, this reduces mold spore growth and keeps allergens to a minimum. Mold spores can grow in the right environment without having water intrusion, especially on organic materials such as furniture. These mold spores can in-turn become air-borne where you breathe the spores into your lungs.Smart thermostats are Wi-Fi enabled and allow you to have multiple temperature changes throughout the day. Some can alert you when humidity is too high.Read more on Mold Testing and Mold Remediation on Curren Environmental's website.  Have questions?  Fill out the form to the right and Curren will respond immediately. 

7 Things I wish I knew before I removed my oil tank.

Posted by david sulock on Jul 25, 2018 9:11:47 AM

 A construction permit is required and it can take up to 20 business days to get the permit, which is a month.

 I thought that my out of use tank could remain where it was buried.  Nope, the buyer of my house needed a mortgage and to get the mortgage to buy my house, the tank had to be removed. Their attorney also advised that it be removed.   Yep found this out 9 days before settlement.  Did not know the tank removal permit took weeks to get.   Settlement eventually happened but it was 4 weeks later.

 

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A tank removal report is important.

Had my tank removed no leaks.  Listed house for sale, buyer wanted proof that the tank did not leak.  I had a copy of the contract for the removal and I had a paid tank removal invoice, that was not enough,. The company I hired to remove the oil tank did not give me a report.  Stupid me the contract for removal did not include a report.   I had to pay another company to dig up the old tank grave, test the soils, and give me a report that the tank did not leak.  Apparently, buyers want 100% confirmation that the tank did not leak.  I mean it makes sense you want a report of the tank removal if you are buying a house, but why didn’t the tank removal company tell me that or give me one? 

Tank removal soil sampling is really important.

I was told I did not have to soil test when the tank is removed.  Apparently, testing is not required by law.  Well I removed the tank and it leaked and the immediate diagnosis was $10,000.00 to $15,000.00 to remediate the leak.  When I mean immediate, I mean I had an estimate to clean up the tank leak 2 days after the tank was removed.   I ultimately fired the tank removal company and hired another company.  The new company told me that you could not conclude 100% if remediation is necessary without soil testing.   Bottom line I got the soil tested, yes there was oil; no, it was not enough oil to demand remediation.  Saved the $10,000.00.  Couldn’t the company tell me that testing while not required is worth it if the tanks appears to have leaked.

Not all oil leaks mean you have to remediate.

As I learned, a hole in a tank only means that the company that removed the tank is going to give me an expensive quote to clean up the oil.  Apparently there are legal amounts of oil that can remain in the ground, kind of like good and bad cholesterol, but you would never know unless you test.

 

Holes in oil tank, but oil in bottom of tank

How excited the tank removal company crew would become after they removed my tank and found out it was leaking.

Got my oil tank removed, took the day off from work. The whole thing was very stressful as I bought the house with a sand filed tank and now 10 years later I am selling the house and the buyers want the tank removed.   When the tank was removed and I saw holes in the tank, my heart sank.  The mood of the tank workers was elevated when they saw the holes in the tank   You would think the Philadelphia Eagles won a 2nd super bowl.   I feel like they were leading me down a path to spend money I didn’t plan for or have.   Look I understand tank leaks but I was never told about what happens when a tank leaks.  It was upsetting that they were happy for by problems.

Getting something in writing is really important.

I hired a tank company to do my tank removal.  They talked a good game and had a very good price.   They had a 2-page proposal, it was brief and somewhat vague now that I think about it.  Well when I found out my tank leaked soil testing which I thought was done or would be done (we did speak about it) was not done.  They actually took a soil sample but it was not for determining if the oil level in the ground was legal it for the disposal of the soil.  I was presumed guilty.    I was more than a little miffed; I didn’t want to pay the bill until I got a report of removal.  I didn’t get that either.  I complained to an attorney who reviewed my 2-page quote.  I was told if it is not in the contract the company doesn’t have to do it.  So, I got no testing and no report, but I was told I would if in the small chance my oil tank leaked.   It was a case of he said she said, the attorney agreed it was deceptive but not worth the money to go after legally.

The cheapest price is not the best.

I figured a tank is a tank is a tank, so a tank removal is a tank removal.  I picked the least expensive company.  I thought I compared apples to apples and was picking the shiniest apple.  Well my tank leaked and I was up charged more than 5 times what the cost to remove the tank was.    What I learned from one of the tank company workers who needed to use my bathroom was the company doesn’t make money removing oil tanks.  The cleanup is much more profitable and their goal is to get as many tank removal projects  as possible, which increases their odds of finding a leaking tank.   They are supposed to call the office once they know a tank leaked, I guess to toast to their good fortune but not mine.

These seven snippets of experiences all came from clients of Curren who had their tank removed by another company.

Do something once and you are a novice.

Do something twice, well you are not a pro but you know more than you did the first time.

Bottom line, we have been performing tank projects for over 20 years.  Thousands of tanks tested, removed, and remediated.   Referrals are our largest source of work and we don’t advertise, no ads on the internet promoting Curren Environmental.     We do get many calls from people who after reading our web site and speaking to us wished they called us first for their tank removal.

If you have a tank and you want solid advice and your work professionally done, call our office.  We provide free consultation and estimates.  We have no sales people and 20 years of satisfied clients.  You can be the next one.

Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm   

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Top 10 Reasons Why You Need Mosquito Remediation

Posted by Tiffany Byrne on Jul 20, 2018 9:05:00 AM

10 Reasons for Mosquito Remediation

Curren Environmental spent several years cracking the code on mosquito control.  We figured out a formula that would keep the mosquitoes away and be safe for our clients. Curren keeps mosquitoes from hatching and knocks down mosquitoes that already have hatched on contact.

1. Be able to do yard work and not get attacked by annoying, biting mosquitoes.

When working in the yard - who wants to be bit up by mosquitoes?  Spraying the underside of the bushes, which is what Curren's technicians are trained to do, immediately knocks down the adult mosquito. Curren applies the quick drying barrier spray to foliage, shrubs, under decks, below and around sheds and other cool, moist - shady areas.   

2. Let the kids play outside while the weather is still nice.

Today, all kids want to play inside on their electronics.  It's easy to say "Mom, I'll just get bit by mosquitoes if I go outside".  The barrier spray is sprayed in and around shady areas, those areas include under the trampoline and other shaded areas where the kids can enjoy their time outside.  They won't get bit, they can't use mosquitoes as an excuse to stay "inside" anymore. 

3. Stop applying chemicals to you and your kids, no more purchasing mosquito spray and No More DEET.

Mosquitoes are attracted to scents, and each person - young or old have a certain scent.  To spray a chemical on yourself and/or your child is masking that scent.  Once that "Mosquito Repellent" wears off, you will attract biting, pesky mosquitoes.

4. Mosquitoes spread disease; we all need to avoid that.

Only the female mosquito bites and she bites to feed off your blood.  You may not have been the first meal, meaning that she may have had a meal on a bird or reptile or an amphibian. When the female mosquito bites, she inserts her proboscis (feeding tube) into the skin to penetrate and receive the blood.  To prevent the blood from clotting in the blocking the tube, the female releases a small about of saliva.  While that bite may take merely a second, that is how diseases are transmitted. Learn more at the CDC.  

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5. BBQ without being the mosquitoes’ dinner!

It's time to grill and your outside, you keep getting attacked by mosquitoes. Enjoy the time outside while you make dinner for your friends and/or family without swatting the mosquitoes away.   

6. We live in New Jersey we should be able to enjoy the outdoors and not get driven inside by biting mosquitoes.

Even though this is the State of New Jersey and not some tropical area in the Amazon rain forest,   we are still laden with mosquitoes.  New Jersey is the most densely populated state, making the chances for the mosquito easier to bite you, they don't have to fly as far to find a meal. 

7. No franchise fees and no add-on pricing our service include ticks. Our service is priced for every budget.

Curren Environmental is not a franchise.  We have been in business for over 20 years as an Environmental company serving thousands of customers throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.  When you call our office, you get a live person, not an answering service.  

8. Safe for children, dogs – adults too!

Curren Environmental's formula is safe for everyone.  Mosquito Remediation is targeted at the mosquito which is typically 3 mm to 6 mm and weighs about 5 mg. The barrier spray is applied to the perimeter of your property and dries within 30 minutes.  Fast enough for quick bite to eat and back outside!

9. Sit on your porch, patio or deck without the nuisance of mosquitoes. Enjoy that cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine at night…outside.

By using the Mosquito Remediation, mosquitoes are controlled. The barrier spray is  applied to locations, such as beneath and around your porch,  patio and deck, areas in which you typically want to be, and areas where mosquitoes are hiding waiting to attack you. Thus, the smell of the coffee or the scent of your wine won't attract mosquitoes as you sit outside and either enjoy the sunrise or the sunset. 

10. At your home you are breeding mosquitoes and don’t even know it. At your first spray, Curren will provide you an on-side evaluation on your yard.

At your first spray, Curren will provide you an on-site evaluation.  We will let you know if there are any areas where mosquitoes can find breeding grounds, such as gutters (downspouts), birdbaths, recycling bins, etc.  

Our customers like our service so much that they refer their friends and families.  One of our clients said that they sat in a neighbor’s yard and did not get bitten by mosquitoes after a dinner BBQ and she asked what the secret was to mosquito control.   Once she learned what the “secret” was, she became a Curren customer soon thereafter and has referred many others.

Curren’s Mosquito Remediation controls the mosquito population in your yard so you can enjoy time alone, or with friends and family. Call today at

856-858-7172 or email Tiffany at Tiffany@currenenvironmental.com.

 

Have questions?  Learn more about Mosquitoes here.

 

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Best Oil Tank Removal

Posted by David C Sulock on Jul 16, 2018 1:31:38 PM

 

If you are involved with an oil tank removal project, it is probable your first tank removal and likely your last. The odds of you making the best decision are slim. Let’s agree that the best tank removal is one where the tank does not leak and you don’t have to remediate.

That said, you could expect a cost for tank removal on average to be about $1,500.00. This cost entails the time to get permits, equipment and labor to excavate the tank, trained personnel to cut open and clean the tank, oil recovery, tank removal, soil sampling, backfill material and labor and ultimately a report from the company so you can document the tank removal. The tank report is completed weeks after removal and is performed in an office utilizing the notes and data collected from your site. Sounds like a lot for $1,500.00, well it is.

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Let’s talk about what makes your tank removal the best tank removal.

Your cost is close to the average cost of $1,500.00. Why, well the firm that sells these services has to do the work at a market rate where they can make money. Otherwise, they are offering the work at a loss, with the plan that they will make the money on the backend, which is the remediation and even a small remediation can cost over $5,000.00. You get what you pay for, remember that.

If you buy a house that had an oil tank, you want to know that the tank did not leak. The only way to know that is if you have testing completed. Being the owner of the tank you may think you do not want to have testing done, or else you may find a problem. After 25 years of dealing with tanks the bottom line question everyone wants to know is if the tank leaked. Buyers and sellers because that answers can make or break a real estate transaction. Bottom line tank soil samples when the tank is removed

Why do many contracts for tank removal not include soil sampling? Short answer, it is cheaper. Soil samples cost $120.00 on average and with two soil samples being the average number acquired sampling can raise the cost by $240.00, plus the time to write a report that talks about the test results. Look, you are removing an old buried metal object, you are fooling yourself if you don’t think that rust and extensively has not occurred to the tank. Your low cost tank removal company is counting on this and will be happy to give you a cost to remediate the tank once contamination is discovered.

Why do many contracts not include a report of the tank removal? Cost again is the culprit. If you write a report you need someone present during tank removal that will be taking notes, photos, soil samples and will eventually sit behind a desk to type a report. That all takes time and there is a cost involved. Bottom line make sure the contract includes a report.

Tank removal site assessment soil samples when acquired for independent laboratory analysis provides quantitative not qualitative data. New Jersey and Pennsylvania have one comparative standard for number two heating oil in soil and that is by laboratory analysis. Visual, oil water agitation or olfactory evaluations have no standards so you have no foundation to lay an opinion.

Residential tank removals do not specifically require that you obtain soil samples. This conflicts with the interest of a purchaser (mortgage or insurance underwriter) for a site when hard data is requested. Legally you do not need to test, if a buyer wants to test prior to purchase it is their due diligence and hence their cost. Obviously it is less expensive to acquire samples from an open excavation at tie of removal, as opposed to post removal and backfilling.

What is the best tank removal? The best is one where testing and a report is provided as part of the tank removal. It is what is required for commercial sites, so why wouldn’t you do the same for a residence?

 

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Mosquito Myths

Posted by David C Sulock on Jun 18, 2018 2:21:00 PM

The 10 Most Common Mosquito Myths

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Myth 1:          All Mosquitoes bite.

False, only the female mosquito bites and some females do not bite at all.  The females that do bite need the protein in blood so she can lay eggs.  Rest assured if you get bit by a mosquito it was a female.

 

Myth 2:          Mosquitoes are small so a fan will keep them away.

This is true and false.  Mosquitoes are small, yes but a fan doesn't keep them away by blowing them away. Fans dilute our carbon dioxide, heat and individual smell -  all of which a mosquito uses to find us.

 

Myth 3:         Mosquitoes do not like the smell of citronella and DEET.

Yes and no, both citronella and DEET interfere with the mosquitoes receptors which are used to find blood meal.  In essence, these compounds are meant to hide you from mosquito.  What about garlic?  Like citronella, garlic is meant to mask your scent to confuse the mosquito’s receptors.   There is no real evidence that mosquitoes are repelled by garlic.  

 

Myth 4:          Fake news says that diseases are on the rise from mosquitoes.

As of May 1, 2018, the CDC states that mosquito, tick and fleabites have tripled in the United States.  From 2004 to 2016, over 640,000 cases have been reported https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018/p0501-vs-vector-borne.html

 

Myth 5:          My blood type is irresistible to mosquitoes.

Studies have pointed to type O blood being more appetizing to mosquitoes.  If that is true, the research is not clear as to why.   What is known is that some people are simply more attractive to mosquitoes than others and this is believed to be from the carbon dioxide production of the individual as well as their scent.

 

 

Myth 6:         Bug zappers kill mosquitoes.

Studies of the dead insects in bug zappers found that the percentage of mosquitoes is relatively small.  This could be influenced by the fact that other insects are in greater numbers in a yard where a zapper is utilized.

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Myth 7:        Mosquitoes only bite at night.

Sadly mosquitoes can and do bite in the heat of the day.  The Asian tiger mosquito is known to bite during the day.

 

Myth 8:        After a mosquito bites me, it will die.

If a bee stings you it will die. Mosquitoes can bite many people to get the blood needed to lay eggs, after the 

eggs are laid it will go bite someone else, so the circle of life can continue.

 

Myth 9:   My yard doesn't have any standing water so mosquitoes don't breed in my yard

 

Fact, if you are getting bitten by mosquitoes, you have a mosquito breeding ground on or immediately adjacent to your property.  Mosquitoes can lay eggs in a cap of water.

 

We treat thousands of properties a year for mosquito control and 90% have water that can and do breed mosquitoes.  Most people simple are not diligent enough to dump water from containers.   The following photos are from properties that we treat and that we inform owners of their water problems and they still don't get rid of all potential breeding areas

 

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Gutters are popular breeding areas for mosquitoes

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Myth 10:        The coloring of clothing can attract mosquitoes.

There is evidence that says if you have darker colors you are more likely be bit than if wearing a lighter color.   Darker clothing maybe thicker and allows your body to retain heat, which is one of the factors a mosquito looks for when searching for a blood meal.

More Information on Mosquito Control can be found at the following links.

 

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Do I need a Mosquito Control Service?

Posted by david sulock on May 29, 2018 2:44:43 PM

 

If you enjoy being bitten by mosquitoes, never go outside and/or do not care about the vector of disease that a mosquito bite represents (remember mosquitoes can extract blood from different hosts which spreads the risk of disease to each person bitten), then the answer would be no.  If you do not like being bitten by mosquitoes then yes mosquito remediation is probable something you should consider.

 Mosquito Control

Mosquito control or the more technical name mosquito remediation has become popular that it is as common as the general landscaping properties owners have performed.  Studies show that enjoying the outdoors has a positive improvement on a person’s mental and physical health.   The least expensive and easiest outdoor activity is being outside your home be it in your yard, porch or patio.   Mosquitoes can deprive people of their outdoor enjoyment, many people state that they would spend more time outside if it were not for the mosquitoes.

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Mosquito remediation services are a natural extension of the maintenance of your yard, not dissimilar to weed control, lawn cutting or landscaping.  Mosquito remediation involves applying an EPA registered insecticide in a micro droplet form to foliage, vegetation and cool dark places where mosquitoes frequent.  The spray is designed to take down mosquitoes that come in contact with the spray (adult mosquitoes), include a residual presence in a micro encapsulated form to address mosquitoes not present during the application and lastly to neutralize the eggs or larvae of mosquitoes that represent soon to be born mosquitoes.  Doses can be measured as low as an 1/8th of a teaspoon as the target (mosquitoes) are small and do not need large doses to be affected.

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The application is very targeted to mosquito habitats such as under a deck or shed where both male and female mosquitoes hide during the heat of the day.  Fences, foundations and other horizontal surfaces can also be treated, as they are Landing Zones for mosquitoes, in short a rest stop for mosquitoes in flight to a destination. Foliage is treated as both male and female mosquitoes consume the plant nectar for food.

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Grass is typically never treated as it not a cool enough habitat for mosquito to live.  Remember mosquitoes are small and light, the heat of the day can dehydrate a mosquito hence why they need to stay cool.  The exception is the Asian tiger mosquito, which can withstand the heat of the day and is a mean mosquito and will bite you all day long.  This is unique, as you probable already know that your chances of being bitten are early in the morning or the late afternoon evening when it is cooler outside.

Clearly, you would prefer to treat a yard rather than spray chemicals on your person.  If you read the fine print of personal mosquito repellents, you will see that they are to be washed off once you go inside.

Mosquito control and mosquito remediation differ from what most people have tried in the past as it is designed to remove the mosquito, hence the word remediation.  Remediation meaning the correction of something bad or the removal of something unwanted like mosquitoes or mold. Traditional DIY mosquito control such as citronella oil, peppermint oil, garlic and plants, are meant to ward off mosquitoes.  The idea is the aromas of these compounds are meant to disguise you from mosquitoes.   How mosquitoes find us is not 100% certain but the best understanding is they search for the carbon dioxide (CO2) that humans and animals exhale. Other scents that we emit are also believed to attract mosquitoes.    It is also believed that visually mosquitoes can detect or thermal signature.  There is also a school of thought that mosquito a combination of all senses to locate a blood meal.  Bottom line a female mosquito bite to consume blood needed to lay eggs, so these attempts at stopping a pregnant mosquito have largely been met with dissatisfaction.  Hence the popularity of mosquito remediation.

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The systematic use of mosquito remediation each season has a long term lasting mosquito control benefit.   The reasons are as follows:

 

  • Your first season of mosquito remediation, drops the overall population of mosquitoes in your yard. If you do find a mosquito, it probable flew over from a neighbor’s yard.  So year one lowers the overall mosquito population, which limits future populations of mosquitoes as you are breaking the reproductive cycle of mosquitoes.  Meaning if you do not have mosquitoes, they cannot reproduce.
  • Year 2, is a lesser fight than year one as you have a smaller population in theory to control, but you most likely have a population of mosquitoes due to the natural life cycle of a mosquito. Mother Nature has bestowed mosquitoes the ability to continue their life cycle even in colder climates such as the Northeastern United States.  Mosquitoes do hibernate, as they are cold-blooded. Some females find holes or where they stay all winter.  Other female mosquitoes lay their eggs in freezing water and the eggs wait until spring to hatch as their eggs (larvae) can winter over meaning be dormant all winter and come out on the first patch of warm weather.   This stage is called diapause, which suspends any further development of the mosquito eggs.   These winter mosquitoes are remnants from last season and are eager to continue the mosquito life cycle.
  • You are probable breeding mosquitoes without knowing it. 80% of homes and businesses we treat have freestanding water where mosquitoes can lay eggs. 

The photo below is a prime example.  You see the water drain holes are not encountering the water being captured.  This recycling can was designed to not retain water, but the owner by placing the can upside down defeats the engineering and creates a water pocket for mosquitoes to grow.   It is items like this that we see time and again on properties, even when the owner is notified of the issues we find it is not corrected 40% of the time.Mosquito control dont's

Lastly, mosquito control should be viewed in the same lane as lawn care.  Manicured lawns are fertilized, weed controlled and cut on a regular basis.  When you stop cutting your lawn things can get out of control quickly.  Mosquito management is constant.

For tips you can try and not utilize a service, follow the link below.   IPM (Integrated Pest Management) takes a multi prong approach which can include out mosquito control tips as well as utilization of a mosquito remediation service.

DIY Mosquito Control

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Oil Tank Pit Falls  Buyer Beware

Posted by david sulock on May 18, 2018 12:50:08 PM

It should be common knowledge that buried oil tanks can be a problem. We get questions from unsure clients regarding liability of buying a home with an oil tank. - here's the 7 Most things you should know that can potentially save you a lot of money:

1) A buried oil tank will not necessarily be known or disclosed by the property seller.  Buyer Due Diligence is critical in performing a tank sweep.Tank Sweeps with GPR

 

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The buyer, buyer's attorney and the buyer's real estate agent should assume the responsibility of finding if they are buying a home with a buried oil tank.

2) Oil tanks and roofs have similar life spans (20 to 30 years are reasonable).  The vast majority of buried underground oil tanks have exceeded their expected life expectancy. That means the risk of a leak increases with each day until the tank is removed.

3)  Construction code places the burden of tank closure (when taken out of service) on the owner.  In most cases, the seller should and will pay for the cost of oil tank removal and/or soil remediation before closing - even when a tank is found to exist with a tank sweep by the buyer.

4).  Mortgage and insurance companies will not provide a mortgage or insure a home with an old buried oil tank.

 

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5)  Holes in a tank did not necessarily mean that remediation is required.  Every State allows a certain amount of oil to remain in the ground from a tank leak.  Meaning just like cholesterol, there are good and bad levels of oil.   Contracts for tank removal should include testing as it is naive to believe that some oil may not have leaked from a old buried oil tank. Holes or petroleum odors in a tank excavation are not conclusive evidence that remediation is warranted.

6)   Buying a home where an underground oil tank was removed and no report with laboratory testing is available (or completed) is taking a risk.   Many tank leaks go unreported, not remediated or unknown to current owners of a property.

 

7) Luck number 7, if you are reading this and have questions regarding an oil tank or about a property you are buying where a tank may exist?  Call the experts, we offer a free initial consultation   888-301-1050

Black Mold? Mold comes in many different colors...not just black.

Posted by Tiffany Byrne on Apr 24, 2018 3:02:00 PM

Did you know that Mold comes in many different colors? The color doesn't matter, what matters is if it there is mold growth and if you stopped the water filtration. 

At Curren, some of the most common questions are regarding the color of mold. For example:

  • "Is this mold bad because the mold is black or grey?
  • "What type of mold is black mold?"
  • "Is black mold toxic?"

The most popular used term for describing mold is Black Mold. Technically, there is no mold that is named black mold, many sources attribute the term black mold to the media. In reality there are many different types and colors of mold. Some types of Mold can be harmful (regardless if the mold is black) and can cause health issues.

Molds come in many different colors and can mean many different things. As you can see below, mold may be black, grey, orange, green, brown and even white. Many molds may not be harmful. Black mold may be completely innocuous (not harmful or producing no injury) or it could be problematic. Mold can be difficult to determine on your own. The mold you think you see might just be mildew or dirt. Remember, mold is usually not a problem unless mold spores land on something wet  indoors. Mold evaluation and interpretation is best left to the experts. At Curren, we have over 20 years experience testing mold, air testing and mold remediation.

 

Black Mold                                          Green Mold

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White & Black Mold                           Brown Mold

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Grey Mold

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Please don't hesitate to call us for your mold testing, mold remediation and mold questions.

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Earth day is April 22nd. What can you do on this day?

Posted by Tiffany Byrne on Apr 20, 2018 9:14:00 AM

 

Earth Day Friendly Things to Do

No one wants to do bad by the environment, and sometimes doing good things for the environment is hard.  Here are easy ways to help the environment for Earth Day and Every day.

  1. Go a day without drinking bottled water.

  2. Buy and use a refillable water bottle, just so you can keep promise number 

  3. Always keep a receptacle by your desk (Home or Office) to place non-trash items.

  4. Rather than drive around for the closet parking spot, park farther away where the spots are plentiful. Face it, you can use the exercise and less driving is less fuel consumed.

  5. Half a cup of water on your counter? Pour it in a houseplant.

  6. Buy fragrance free cleaning supplies, those fresh scents are chemicals.  Less chemical means cleaner air inside your home.

  7. Buy small reusable water bottles for your kids and stop buying juice boxes.

  8. Use a quality doormat and place them at every entrance to your home.  Doormats capture dirt, particulate and contaminants prior to entry to your home.  All that fertilizer on your lawn and on your shoes from the golf course will now stay outside.

  9. Start a compost pile for grass and leaves, the decomposition of both items will give you nutrient rich soil for next season

SBA Phase I & Phase II ESA Changes Effective January 2018

Posted by david sulock on Mar 13, 2018 1:10:04 PM

SBA 2018 CHANGES TO THE PHASE I & II

SBA SOP 50 10 5 (J)

(Phase One Environmental Site Assessment & Phase II Investigation)

 

As of January 1, 2018, the SBA has changed their environmental due diligence requirements.  These changes relate to Phase I ESA's completed and Phase II requirements for certain sites applying for SBA funding.  The changes are more conservative and reflect SBA experience with Due Diligence completed and the need for stricter standards.

 

 

January 1, 2018 marks the effective date of SBA SOP 50 10 5 (J) relative to Phase I and II requirements.    These new requirements must be followed by parties going through SBA lending.  The Nine Key Areas of the most important changes are as follows:

  1. Dry Cleaner Requirements
  2. Gas Stations
  3. Records Search with Risk Assessment
  4. Phase I Environmental Site Assessments Recommendations
  5. Shelf Life of a Phase I
  6. Reliance Letters
  7. NACIS Code List
  8. Historic Places
  9. Insurance

 

1.       Drycleaners

If lending occurs to any site where dry cleaning was EVER performed then a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and Phase II ESA must be performed.   This is a change to the prior requirement where  the SOP only required a Phase I ESA for current or former dry-cleaning operations and the Phase II was not necessary is if prior dry cleaning operations were under 5 years.  Now if the target site has current or former onsite dry-cleaning facilities that used, likely used or uses chlorinated and/or petroleum-based solvents a Phase II is mandatory.  If the Phase II ESA finds any soil and groundwater contamination and soil vapor intrusion, it must be addressed.

 

2.      Gasoline Service Stations

The Environmental professional must document with professional judgement that the facility complies with all regulatory requirements relating to tank and equipment testing i.e. the tank system.

The SBA loan will not be completed until full compliance is achieved, and deficiencies have been corrected, which would require monetary outlay by the borrower.  

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3.      Records Search with Risk Assessment

In a Records Search with Risk Assessment (RSRA), historical sources, regulatory databases and an environmental questionnaire are used to determine current and historical uses of a property in order to provide a risk determination. Site reconnaissance activities are not part of a RSRA. The new SOP has additional requirements for the historical sources used in a RSRA. The historical records should identify property uses back to the first developed use or back to 1940, whichever is earlier. In addition, the RSRA should include the database reports and historical records used to develop the opinion noted in the RSRA.

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4.           Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) Recommendations

Any Phase I ESA will include a conclusion by the Environmental Professional whether there is risk of contamination so minimal that no further investigation is warranted or that sufficient risk warranting additional investigation is present. Recommendations, including Housekeeping recommendations of the Environmental Professional’s recommendations are to be followed.  In short, if further work is recommended, it is to be accomplished.  Noncompliance requires the party to provide to the SBA Environmental Committee justification for not wanting to follow the recommendations of the Environmental Professional, which requires review and approval or denial from the SBA Environmental Committee.

 

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 5.       Shelf Life of a Phase I

SBA will accept an All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) compliant Phase I if it was performed within one year of submittal to the SBA. The prior version of the SOP had a 180-day limit.

 6.       Reliance Letters

Reliance letters are required for Transaction Screen Reports, Phase I ESAs and Phase II ESAs. The SBA Reliance Letter template cannot be modified.  Lender and CD’s are not supposed to alter the terms of the SBA’s standard reliance letter.

 

7.        NACIS Code List

The NAICS code(s) for the Property’s current and known prior uses must be obtained or a good faith effort exerted to obtain the number(a) and a comparison must be made to the NAICS code(s) to the list of environmentally sensitive industries. Two new categories were added and four were amended.   The NACIS can trigger a Phase II:

  • 484 – Trucking (if service bays, truck washing or fuel tanks are present)
  • 713990 – Other recreational industry (indoor and outdoor shooting ranges only)

In addition, four clarifications were added. The clarifications are noted below.

  • 316 – Leather & Allied Product Manufacturing (not required if assembly only)
  • 326 – Plastics & Rubber Product Manufacturing (not required if assembly only)
  • 332 – Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (not required if assembly only)
  • 8122 – Death Care Services (unless no embalming or cremation at the property.

8.     Historic Places

Potential to impact listed/eligible to be listed properties on the NRHP, the SBA counsel should be consulted. If impacts to historic places are anticipated, the SBA is required to consult with the applicable State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), who typically has 30 days to provide feedback on the property. If no impacts are anticipated, the SBA counsel may determine that no further review is required.

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9.       Insurance

A new section relating to Indemnification was added to the Environmental Policies and Procedures section of the SBA SOP. Environmental errors and omissions liability insurance with a minimum coverage of $1,000,000 per claim (or occurrence) must be provided and that evidence of this insurance must be attached to all reports. This insurance must cover environmental work completed as of the date of the Phase I, provide coverage up to $1,00,000.00 and have no time limitation on liability.

 

 

 

Trust the Experts our Due Diligence Experience is Decades in the Making.

 

  1. Over 20 years experience.
  2. Thousands of Phase I & II ESA completed.
  3. Peer reviews performed on Phase I & II reports.
  4. In house Drilling, Geophysical & Excavation equipment for cost control.

 

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