Joseph T. Hardy & Son, Inc. has been removing and installing underground and aboveground petroleum storage tanks since the 1920’s. We are State Licensed Tank Contractors in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) are a major portion of Hardy's mechanical construction business. Truck and automobile fleet owners, bus companies, airports and other commercial businesses and municipalities rely on Hardy to install and remove USTs. We also install the necessary piping, pumps, controls and associated equipment to complete entire fuel storage and distribution systems. Much of our UST work pertains to residential heating oil tanks. Contact us for an estimate.
The purchase of industrial and commercial properties comes with a great number of risks. For more than 30 years, Hardy Environmental Services has been helping realtors, brokers, and developers identify and mitigate the environmental risks associated with commercial property purchase or refinancing. Our environmental professionals conduct Phase I Environmental Site Assessments in accordance with the standards set by ASTM International in ASTM E1527-05. The purpose of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is to identify recognized environmental conditions that may be associated with the property through current or historic use. Contact us for an estimate.
Infants who live in moldy homes are three times more likely to develop asthma by age 7, an age that children can be accurately diagnosed with the condition, according to a new study. The study was published in the latest issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center researchers analyzed seven years of comprehensive data for 176 children to evaluate the effects of mold exposure in early life. The children were part of the Cincinnati Childhood Allergy and Air Pollution Study (CCAAPS), a long-term population-based study that include more than 700 children from the Greater Cincinnati area. Early life exposure to mold seems to play a critical role in childhood asthma development. Genetic factors are also important to consider in asthma risk, since infants whose parents have an allergy or asthma are at the greatest risk of developing asthma.Contact us for an estimate.
Water damage or flooding to your crawlspace can cause a variety of structural problems and health concerns. Excess humidity caused by the evaporation of standing water or wet soil conditions in your crawlspace will cause mold and bacteria growth on the wooden floor joists and the bottom of sub flooring. Crawlspace water can also cause the insulation to lose it’s R Value or even fall down.Contact us for an estimate.
Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a situation in which occupants of a building experience acute health effects that seem to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified. The complaints may be localized in a particular room or zone, or may be widespread throughout the building. Poor IAQ may cause workers, occupants and even the visiting public to experience a range of non-specific symptoms that affect their comfort or health.
Water is necessary for mold to grow. Finding hidden leaks or other sources of water intrusion is a challenging task. Our Certified Level I Thermographers and Certified Building Science Thermographers are experts in performing Infrared moisture surveys to locate areas that have the potential for mold growth.
A new mold test developed by EPA scientists called the ERMI (EPA Relative Moldiness Index) test can determine if a home is more or less likely to have “unhealthy” mold conditions. Molds are found in every home but certain types of molds should not be present. The test provides a straightforward, objective, and standardized way for realtors, property managers, homeowners, and others to interpret mold test results.
According to RealtyTrac, U.S. banks now own a record 820,000 homes, up from 224,000 at the end of 2006. By the end of this year banks could own 1.2 million homes, which could constitute one third of U.S. homes for sale. In many of those cases, the bank turned off the electricity after reacquiring the house. Rain floods the basement, and the sump pump isn't able to remove the water. There's no air conditioning. Houses remain on the market for months in this condition. That's the perfect recipe for mold. Many of the foreclosed property buyers are investors who buy them on the cheap, sink some money in for basic repairs and use lots of bleach to get rid of the mold. Later, it’s the sick child tenant or home owner family member who becomes the victim of the unprofessional mold treatment practiced by the investor.
Some molds can produce toxic substances called mycotoxins. Health effects from breathing mycotoxins are not clearly understood. Some medical studies conducted in the 1990's reported health related effects such as fever, nosebleeds, dizziness, headaches, vomiting, liver damage and impaired immune system function. Investigators have not been able to prove conclusively whether mold exposure was the cause of these health effects.
In a society, where we spend the majority of our time inside, the effect of indoor air contaminants on human health has become increasing important. Indoor air can have 2–5 times the pollutants of the air outside, leading to asthma and other respiratory problems and expensive trips to the doctor. Our IAQ Services are performed by degreed and certified environmental specialists with extensive experience in industrial hygiene, hazardous materials management, and building science.