Septic & Oil Tank Inspections
Oil Tank and Septic System Inspections
If the house has a private septic system it should definitely be inspected by a professional septic contractor. A standard home inspection will not include this. Some inspectors will provide a limited (visual only) inspection by running a few faucets for about 20 minutes or about 180 gallons. This will surge the system with an unusual amount of water. The inspector can then look for signs of leakage or odors. Some inspectors will even put a dye into the system to aid in spotting leakage. If leakage is present, then the system is in failure. If an odor is noted but no leakage, this is a sign that the tanks may need to be pumped and further inspection is advised. Protect your home and family with detailed oil tank & septic system inspections from our dedicated professionals from Quest Air Mold Remediation.
Septic systems treat and disperse relatively small volumes of wastewater from individual or small numbers of homes and commercial buildings. Septic system regulation is usually a state, tribal, and local responsibility. EPA provides information to homeowners and assistance to state and local governments to improve the management of septic systems to prevent failures that could harm human health and water quality.
Information for Homeowners
If your septic tank failed, or you know someone whose did, you are not alone. As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining your septic system. Proper septic system maintenance will help keep your system from failing and will help maintain your investment in your home. Failing septic systems can contaminate the ground water that you or your neighbors drink and can pollute nearby rivers, lakes and coastal waters.
Ten simple steps you can take to keep your septic system working properly.
- Locate your septic tank and drain field. Keep a drawing of these locations in your records.
- Have your septic system inspected at least every three years.
- Pump your septic tank as needed (generally every three to five years).
- Don’t dispose of household hazardous wastes in sinks or toilets.
- Keep other household items, such as dental floss, feminine hygiene products, condoms, diapers, and cat litter out of your system.
- Use water efficiently.
- Plant only grass over and near your septic system. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs might clog and damage the system. Also, do not apply manure or fertilizers over the drain field.
- Keep vehicles and livestock off your septic system. The weight can damage the pipes and tank, and your system may not drain properly under compacted soil.
- Keep gutters and basement sump pumps from draining into or near your septic system.
- Check with your local health department before using additives. Commercial septic tank additives do not eliminate the need for periodic pumping and can be harmful to your system.
How does it work?
A typical septic system has four main components: a pipe from the home, a septic tank, a drain field, and the soil. Microbes in the soil digest or remove most contaminants from wastewater before it eventually reaches groundwater. The septic tank is a buried, watertight container typically made of concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene. It holds the wastewater long enough to allow solids to settle out (forming sludge) and oil and grease to float to the surface (as scum). It also allows partial decomposition of the solid materials. Compartments and a T-shaped outlet in the septic tank prevent the sludge and scum from leaving the tank and traveling into the drain field area. Screens are also recommended to keep solids from entering the drain field. The wastewater exits the septic tank and is discharged into the drain field for further treatment by the soil. Microorganisms in the soil provide final treatment by removing harmful bacteria, viruses, and nutrients.
Your septic system is your responsibility!
Did you know that as a homeowner you’re responsible for maintaining your septic system? Did you know that maintaining your septic system protects your investment in your home? Did you know that you should periodically inspect your system and pump out your septic tank? If properly designed, constructed, and maintained, your septic system can provide long-term, effective treatment of household wastewater. If your septic system isn’t maintained, you might need to replace it, costing you thousands of dollars. A malfunctioning system can contaminate groundwater that might be a source of drinking water. And if you sell your home, your septic system must be in good working order.
You should have your septic system inspected at least every 3 years by a professional and your tank pumped as necessary (generally every 3 to 5 years).
Use water efficiently…
Average indoor water use in the typical single-family home is almost 70 gallons per person per day. Dripping faucets can waste about 2,000 gallons of water each year. Leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons each day. The more water a household conserves, the less water enters the septic system.
Dental floss, feminine hygiene products, condoms, diapers, cotton swabs, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, cat litter, paper towels, and other kitchen and bathroom items can clog and potentially damage septic system components. Flushing household chemicals, gasoline, oil, pesticides, antifreeze and paint can stress or destroy the biological treatment taking place in the system or might contaminate surface waters and groundwater.
How do I maintain my septic system?
- Plant only grass over and near your septic system. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs might clog and damage the drain field.
- Don’t drive or park vehicles on any part of your septic system. Doing so can compact the soil in your drain field or damage the pipes, tank, or other septic system components.
- Keep roof drains, basement sump pump drains, and other rainwater or surface water drainage systems away from the drain field. Flooding the drain field with excessive water slows down or stops treatment processes and can cause plumbing fixtures to back up.
Why should I maintain my septic system?
A key reason to maintain your septic system is to save money! Failing septic systems are expensive to repair or replace, and poor maintenance is often the culprit. Having your septic system inspected (at least every 3 years) is a bargain when you consider the cost of replacing the entire system. Your system will need pumping every 3 to 5 years, depending on how many people live in the house and the size of the system. An unusable septic system or one in disrepair will lower your property’s value and could pose a legal liability. Other good reasons for safe treatment of sewage include preventing the spread of infection an disease and protecting water resources. Typical pollutants in household wastewater are nitrogen phosphorus, and disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Nitrogen and phosphorus are aquatic plant nutrients that can cause unsightly algae blooms. Excessive nitrate-nitrogen in drinking water can cause pregnancy complications, as well as methemoglobinemia (also known as blue baby syndrome) in infancy. Pathogens can cause communicable diseases through direct or indirect body contact or ingestion of contaminated water or shellfish. If a septic system is working properly, it will effectively remove most of these pollutants.
Facts About Radon and Radon Inspections & How to Perform Radon Tests when Buying a Home
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that’s formed during the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Radon exits the ground and can seep into your home through cracks and holes in the foundation. Radon gas can also contaminate well water. This is why it is so important for Radon Testing.
Health officials have determined that radon gas is a carcinogen that can cause lung cancer. Studies show that radon is more of a risk to smokers, but nonsmokers have a slightly elevated chance of developing lung cancer when radon levels in the home are high. The only way to find out if your house contains radon gas is to perform radon tests.
EPA Radon Studies
The EPA offers a look at what they believe to be the risks of radon at different concentrations for 1,000 people who smoked and were consistently exposed to a certain level of radon during their lifetimes.
Check out the full story on Radon Facts from the EPA
Radon Risks for Smokers
- With exposure to 10 pCi/L, about 71 would get cancer, equal to 100 times the risk of dying in a home fire.
- With exposure to 4 pCi/L, about 29 would get cancer, equal to 100 times the risk of dying in a plane crash.
Radon Risks for Non-Smokers:
- With exposure to 8 pCi/L, about 3 would get cancer, equal to 10 times the risk of dying in a plane crash.
- With exposure to 4 pCi/L, about 2 would get cancer, equal to the risk of drowning.
Acceptable Radon Levels
The Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, recommends you install a system to reduce radon gas in your home if the level of gas is 4 picocuries of radon per liter (pCi/L) or higher.
Facts About Radon Gas
- There are no average radon levels for a specific city, state, or region.
- Houses without basements are as much at risk of radon contamination as houses with basements.
- It doesn’t matter if your neighbor’s radon test was low or high, results for your home may be completely different.
Radon Gas Testing Methods
There are two basic types of radon gas testing devices, passive and active. You can order a radon test kit and set it up yourself or you can hire a professional to perform the test.
Passive Radon Testing Devices
- Do not need power to function.
- Include charcoal canisters, alpha-track detectors, and charcoal liquid scintillation devices that are exposed to the air in your home for a specific amount of time and are then sent to a laboratory for analysis.
Active Radon Testing Devices
- Require power to function.
- Continuously measure and record radon in the air, making radon spikes and dips more apparent.
- Include continuous working level monitors and continuous radon monitors.
- May include anti-interference features that reveal if the unit is moved during testing.
- Generally considered to be more reliable than passive radon devices.
- Normally used only by home inspectors and air quality professionals.
How Long Should You Test for Radon Gas?
Long term radon tests take more than 90 days, but provide an accurate picture of the average amount of radon in your home. Since time is an issue, home buyers usually perform short term radon with either an active or passive testing device. Most short term radon tests are completed in 48 to 96 hours.
- If you are buying a home or selling your home, have it tested for radon.
- For a new home, ask if radon-resistant construction features were used and if the home has been tested.
- Fix the home if the radon level is 4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher.
- Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases, may be reduced.
- Take steps to prevent device interference when conducting a New Jersey radon test.
Bathroom Fan Installation Services
Bathroom Exhaust Fan
One of the wettest rooms in your house is your Bathroom, you shower in it, take baths in it, you wash up in it. So it does stand to reason that a primary area of mold would be your bathroom. So it is important to have a bathroom exhaust fan not just from the perspective of ridding the smells that comes from bathrooms, that’s something else we do in bathrooms that I did not mention before.
Our recommendation is that you run your bathroom fan for a time after you shower or bath to allow the walls to dry. Especially is that true in parts of the country that tend to be cold in the winter, when your windows are closed and there is very little air circulation. So the question is do you have a working bathroom fan made for the size of your bathroom? Is it properly working? Is it time for a new one? If you are handy then you could go to Youtube and figure it out below is an example of how to install one. But many of our customers rather not bother that is where we at Quest come in we will install a bathroom fan with the proper specs for your bathroom at a very reasonable rate we will also give solid recommendations on its use to prevent mold in your bathroom. Call Us today to schedule your installation
Dryer Vent & Air Duct Cleaning
Dryer Vent Cleaning & Air Duct Cleaning
Air Duct Cleaning
Air Duct Sealing
Air Duct Repair
Air Duct System Sanitizing
Dryer Vent Cleaning for Homes
Dryer Vent Cleaning for Apartments
Dryer Vent Cleaning for Laundromats
Air Duct Cleaning
Most people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility. Many companies are marketing products and services intended to improve the quality of your indoor environment.
Duct cleaning refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the following:
- Supply and return air ducts and registers Grilles and diffusers Heat exchanges heating and cooling coils Condensate drain pans (drip pans)Fan motor and fan housing Air handling unit housing
- If not properly installed, maintained, and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home’s living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them.
- Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits. Methods of duct cleaning vary, although standards have been established by industry associations concerned with air duct cleaning. California Air Duct Cleaning uses specialized tools to dislodge dirt and other debris in ducts, and then we vacuum them out with a high-powered vacuum cleaner.
- In addition, we may propose applying chemical biocides, designed to kill microbiological contaminants, to the inside of the duct work and to other system components. We may also suggest applying chemical treatments (sealants or other encapsulants) to encapsulate or cover the inside surfaces of the air ducts and equipment housings because we believe it will control mold growth or prevent the release of dirt particles or fibers from ducts.
Dryer Vent Cleaning - Do you need your clothes dryer vent cleaned?
Cleaning your clothes dryer exhaust duct is an important service. This is a service that is often overlooked and can cause water damage, possible fire hazard, health risk, higher electrical costs and even damage to your clothes dryer.
When a dryer duct becomes plugged you are more likely to experience moisture or water damage. This moisture or water may or may not be visible to you. We commonly retrieve 2-5 gallons of lint, and many times 2-4 gallons of water, from dryer ducts when we clean them.
Do your clothes take a long time to dry?
Observing when your dryer vent needs to be cleaned:Clothes (especially towels or jeans) take a long time to dry.Clothes are hotter than usual at the end of the drying cycle.Flapper on vent hood doesn’t open when dryer is on.Reduced airflow and the resulting lint build-up cause overheating by preventing a fast-enough drying action. When this happens, the high temperature limit safety switch has to cycle on and off to control the heater. Most high temperature limit switches were never designed to cycle on and off continuously which can cause them to fail over a period of time.
Proper airflow venting can decrease drying time and decrease operating costs. Full airflow helps prevent the dryer from operating on its high temperature safety limit control. Vinyl and foil duct venting materials can easily collapse when installed. The use of proper venting materials to achieve maximum performance may also extend the life of the dryer and increase the life of clothing due to lower drying temperatures.
Reduced Maintenance and Energy Costs:
A key to effective dryer performance is optimal airflow. A properly installed all-metal dryer vent will help ensure this airflow. When clothes are given the appropriate amount of air, they dry quicker and are subject to less tumbling.
This results in less wear on the clothing and less use of electricity or gas. Failure to properly maintain your dryer ducts can cause damage to your clothes dryer and, at the very least, a waste of your valuable time waiting for your clothes to dry.
Chimney Cleaning & Repair
If it’s time for your annual chimney cleaning, New Jersey residents should reach the area experts at Chimney Inspector Chimney Sweeps. Your home needs proper air ventilation, and we’ve been providing just that to the New Jersey area. This has given us a strong connection to local business and real estate clients. We utilize the latest tools and technologies to solve many of the chimney, carbon monoxide and general venting problems that arise today.But how reliable can chimneys themselves really be? As a matter of fact, utilizing your fireplace can create hazardous carbon and sooty buildup that can cause obstructions or cracks. As the winter season approaches, your home requires a lot of inspections and preparations in order to function properly. Make sure your home is receiving the proper air ventilation by inspecting your fireplace before turning it on this winter. For unparallelled chimney cleaning, our New Jersey based office are up for the job. There’s no reason not to have your fireplace or stove thoroughly cleaned. If you’ve got further questions or are ready to schedule an inspection or cleaning, contact our offices today.
Sump Pump – French Drain Installation
Sump Pump Installations
Studies show that 90 to 95 percent of all basements will experience a problem at some time with water penetration that something as simple as a sump pump could have prevented. Even one inch of water can take many hours to clean up and causes thousands of dollars in damaged furniture and flooring. Sump pumps are responsible for pumping excess ground water from the basement or crawl space to the outside of your home. Installing a sump pump in your basement is your best defense to prevent flooding. Quest Air Mold Remediation has years of experience helping homeowners. When you invite us into your home we’ll get the job done to your satisfaction. We can install any sump pump and also offer a time-tested, high quality line of sump pumps to fit all your needs. We’ll dig the pit and install the pump, as well as install the discharge piping.
Benefits of a Sump Pump:
- Keeps you worry-free no matter what the weather is like outside
- Results in a cleaner and healthier home
- Prevents water damage to home and furnishings
- Keeps your foundation dry and intact
- Keeps the dampness from settling in, giving you a warmer dryer basement all year round
- Helps control the humidity level of your basement
- Removes moisture, which is a breeding ground for fungus, molds and mildew
- Prevents termite and insect infestation
- Prevents wall coverings and paint from peeling
- Prevents rust and corrosion of metal appliances
French Drain Installation
The installation of French Drains is ideal for specific situations such as diverting rainwater from house foundations and driveways and to reduce standing water in yards that tend to get and stay soggy. In simple terms, a French Drain is a series of ditches lined with rocks or gravel that is used to draw water away from an area. It is used to protect the foundation of a house from ground and surface water that does not drain properly on its own. Using the forces of gravity, French Drains are installed down from the area to be drained to an area that can support the redirected water. Call us today at 1-888-664-5325 for a free estimate for French Drain installation.
Quest Air Mold Remediation approaches your construction cleanup projects like we do every other cleaning project: with the client always in mind. From construction debris removal to fine detailing, Quest Air Mold Remediation always keeps your property – and your image – looking spotless.
Quest Air Mold Remediation offers this value-added service with the flexibility to work around your schedule. We work with you and your general contractor without ever inconveniencing tenants, customers or visitors.
Learn more about how construction cleanup services from Quest Air Mold Remediation can help your business.
Construction Cleaning for a Ready-to-Work Environment
Preparing your new building space for use may sound like a simple task, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution to construction cleaning. Having the right tools, processes, and knowledge is essential to getting the job done right. More importantly, having a service provider with the expertise and experience in construction cleanup and with the resources to customize our construction cleaning program to meet your deadlines and special requirements, is an important business consideration that could end up saving you valuable time and money. That’s where Quest Air Mold Remediation comes in.
Our construction cleanup services are available for a variety of specialty construction projects, including (but not limited to):
- Ground-up construction
- Tenant finishes
- Corporate modifications
- Upgrades/new additions
Focus on your core business. Leave the dirty work to us.