How You Can Control the Mold in Your Home.

Home Mold
Home Mold

Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors. There is no one way that mold can enter your home. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, heating and air conditioning systems. Mold that is found outdoors can attach itself to your clothes, shoes, bags, and pets, which then can be transported to your home.

Most commonly, mold will grow in places with high levels of moisture such as around leaking roofs, windows, pipes, or anywhere that had flooding issues. Mold grows easily on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles and wood products.

If you find mold in your home, there are ways that you can control the mold growth such as:

  • Controlling the humidity.
  • Fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes.
  • Cleaning the floors and thoroughly drying it shortly after.
  • Ventilating areas with high levels of moisture. (Showers, Laundry, Cooking Stations)

The best plan of action when confronting mold in your home is to clean the area that has mold and fixes the moisture issue. There are numerous commercial cleaning products available that can help combat mold in your home. If the mold issue is severe, consult with a professional mold and asbestos remediation service provider.

Immediate Steps to Take After Oil Release

Oil Tank Spill
Oil Tank Spill

Heating oil refers to all types of liquid home heating fuel including kerosene and #2 fuel oil. This term does not include propane, natural gas or other gaseous fuels. These gaseous fuels should be considered as highly explosive and dangerous. Heating oil, however, is combustible but not explosive.

The dangers of an oil spill or oil release is a serious hazard that should be dealt with immediately. Contact the local fire department (911) as soon as a heating oil release is discovered and also contact your oil company. Most oil companies will have a 24-hour service technician available to help you shut off valves and stop the oil release.

The Fire Department will routinely respond and address any immediate fire hazards and public safety issue. After notifying the appropriate authorities, keep you and your family far away from the heating oil and its vapors. Health issues may arise from a high concentration of oil vapors. Create ventilation throughout the area where you smell oil, open windows and turn on fans to increase air flow.

Before entering an enclosed area such as a basement where a significant amount of heating oil has been released, wear protective equipment and increase the air flow. Avoid making any contact with the heating oil with exposed skin or breathing in any of the fumes. Keep in mind the heating oil is indeed combustible, remove any source of ignition within the exposed area.

If your drinking water well has been contaminated, contact your local board of health and ask if your home is safe to inhabit.

How You Can Be More Sustainable This Holiday Season

To be sustainable means to achieve all present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. During the holiday season, it is more of a challenging task to reduce our consumption of resources and reduce waste during one of the busiest times of the year when we see a growing trend of consumption.

The holiday season has always been the time of the year when people reconnect and spend quality time with friends and family. What many people do not realize is that an unintended side effect is an excessive generation of solid waste and consumption of natural resources. The statistic is that Americans will on average, throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. The efforts to be more sustainable can come in the form of very simple steps. For example, wrapping presents in reused materials can save a substantial about of paper being consumed and thrown away. Here are other ways in which you can have a more Green Christmas.

Buy Local

Gifts that are purchased in stores have taken an incredibly long journey to get to the store shelves. The impact of greenhouse emissions from transportation alone is substantial. Purchasing locally crafted goods and items come without the added cost of transportation.

Buy Recycled Resources

Many small businesses have developed great products using recycled materials. Consider purchasing these items as gifts to promote the reduction of the waste stream.

Battery-Free

About 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season and improper disposal of batteries have become a major issue. Even rechargeable batteries will eventually be thrown away. This holiday season, purchase items that do not use batteries.

Why You Should Consider Removing Your Underground Storage Tank

Most underground home heating oil tanks are the same type of tank found in basements or garages. These tanks were actually not designed to be buried and are susceptible to rust and leaking issues. There are tanks that are designed to be placed underground, but they too can rust and leak if they were not treated with the proper corrosion protection. These tanks were not built to last forever and will eventually leak.

Signs that your underground tank might be leaking is a sharp increase in your home’s heating consumption. This, however, isn’t sufficient enough information because your oil tank may have a leak during a period of time when you necessarily might not be using oil to heat your home. The chances of your oil tank leaking only increase over time. Even the smallest leak can pose a threat to your home and environment. If your oil tank is leaking, the cleanup can be every costly. Having your underground oil tank removed can save you money in the long run.

The cost of removing an oil tank varies, depending on the size of the tank, its condition, and how easily it can be reached. For the best price, shop around and compare prices for different oil companies. Cost estimates can be made to determine the total cost of oil tank removal and how much a new tank will cost including landscaping cost and testing cost. Make sure to have a written estimate of how much the cost of the oil tank removal will before proceeding with the project.

What are Brownfields?

As defined by the federal government, Brownfields are abandoned, idled or underused industrial and commercial properties where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. Brownfields could be categorized as former service stations, warehouses, abandoned railroads or air strips.

If you are concerned that you might own a Brownfield ask yourself if the area of land that you own is being used properly or has been vacant for some time and if your land has any hazards contaminating the environment, if you answered yes to both of these questions then you may have a Brownfield on your hands.

It is a great idea for a community to work together and try to redevelop areas that are considered brownfields. Brownfields can typically be found in underdeveloped neighborhoods or areas where infrastructure is not at its best. The restoration of Brownfields will aid in revitalizing neighborhoods by creating new jobs and encourage higher property value.

For property owners, the redevelopment of Brownfields is a great idea that provides many benefits that include,

• Avoiding potential environmental enforcement actions by federal, state, and local regulatory agencies.
• Tax benefits from cleaning up and reusing the property.
• Reducing the likelihood of environmental contamination spreading from your area to another office location.
• Receiving a return on investments after revitalizing the area and repurposing the unused space.

Depending on the type of space that the Brownfield is located and the extent of contamination that has affected the environment, Brownfield restoration takes time and effort but is very much worth restoring.

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