Historically, in Florida, if you saw settlement cracks in a structure or pavement, all you had to do to get a live sinkhole insurance claim was state that the ground was subsiding. With open claims, you’d find building owners (and their specialty plaintiff attorneys, engineers, and geologists) pitted against the insurance company (and their defendant attorneys, engineers, and geologists) seeking the maximum monetary compensation for “sinkhole” damage. The result was many years of runaway claims and skyrocketing premium costs for sinkhole insurance coverage.
If you’re considering purchasing or developing a property, someone might recommend having a geotechnical evaluation done. It sounds like a good idea – but what exactly is a geotechnical evaluation, and why should you have one done?
The U.S. didn’t ban the lead additive in paint until 1978, so any building with indoor or outdoor painting from 1978 or earlier is likely rife with lead. That’s a problem because lead is a highly toxic metal that causes nervous system damage, kidney damage, and poses other long-term health risks, especially in children. Therefore, lead paint should always be maintained or removed properly.
In a recent post, we outlined the steps building managers and owners should take to remove mold after a water intrusion event. Recognizing the need to reduce or remediate mold is a great first step, but there are additional considerations beyond mold removal, the most important of which is determining whether or not the building materials affected by mold are safe to clean or remove.
As of this writing, there are less than two months left before all single-walled steel underground storage tanks (USTs) are officially banned from operating in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For those that may have missed the numerous announcements since 2008, the last day you can operate a single walled-UST in this state is August 7, 2017.
We’ve all dealt with mold at one time or another in our personal lives. However, identifying the causes of mold and ways to remediate it in industrial environments such office buildings, schools, and factories can be tricky. In this post, we identify the common causes of mold at industrial sites and outline the steps you should take to remediate the mold.
There are definite steps you can take to ensure the safety of yourself and others if you believe a sinkhole may exist on your property. This post details the eight specific actions you should take.
To help you understand the basics of a sinkhole, we have put together this brief blog post to define exactly what sinkholes are, what causes them, and the ways in which you can determine if you have one.
Simply put, a sinkhole is a hole in the ground created by erosion and water drainage. A sinkhole can be formed as the result of natural processes or triggered by human activities.
When acquiring a site for development, a potentially costly risk is having to clean up hazardous waste and/or remediate environmental dangers within the site’s boundaries. That is why you must have a professional environmental services company perform an environmental site assessment (ESA) prior to acquiring the site in question to minimize your risk.
When hiring an environmental services provider, it is critical that you control several factors to keep costs down and arrive at results as fast as possible, without sacrificing quality. Four factors are critical to selecting the right provider to cost-efficiently succeed at a high-quality environmental site assessment (ESA). They include the following:
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