We offer a wide variety of services for commercial clients. We specialize in working with you to fulfill your needs. If you have any questions about these or other services we offer, please contact us.
Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
An ESA is an environmental audit of a parcel of real estate undergoing ownership or routine audit review. The purpose of this type of assessment is to determine if there are environmental hazards at the site that are not readily visible, but whose liability may lie with any new or current owner. These surveys evaluate a variety of components, including historic land use, the presence of on-site or nearby potential environmental risks and other obvious sources of soil or groundwater contamination.
Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
While Phase I site assessments rely on existing information, Phase II Site Assessments provide additional information through collecting various samples. These can include soil, ground and/or surface water samples and actual building materials or wastes.
Under and Above Ground Storage Tank Assessment/Removal/Replacement
We provide services in all facets of storage tank management: testing, removal, replacement, site characterization, corrective and remedial actions. Our expertise is great in the understanding of the governing regulations of each locality and then providing information to our clients about any potential impact to their property. Additionally, we also can oversee design and provide project management services for system upgrades upon the completion of remediation.
Initially, a tank assessment should be completed to determine if a leak of petroleum has occurred. The initial tank assessment typically includes the collection of soil samples adjacent to the tank. The VDEQ currently has a program to assist in the cleanup process. Typically, the deductible for the commercial use tanks is $5000 through the VDEQ program.
Cathodic Protection Testing Services
Cathodic protection (CP) is one option for protecting an underground storage tank from corrosion. The system must be tested by a qualified cathodic protection tester within six months of installation and at least every three years thereafter. In addition, cathodic protection systems must be tested within six months of any repair to any cathodically protected UST system.
Treatment systems can require very specialized expertise in order to select the method that is most effective for that given site. CEA, Inc. has experience in a wide variety of groundwater and remediation systems. Our staff has conducted numerous pollution studies in varied geologic terrains in the eastern United States.
Through the results of the site characterizations, we work with our clients to develop cost effective remediation plans for mitigation and cleanup of contaminated soils, groundwater, surface water and residual containments.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that has been used in many products found in the home that provide insulation, strength, and fire protection. U.S. EPA classifies asbestos as a carcinogen. If asbestos fibers are inhaled, the chance of contracting lung cancer or mesothelioma increases. Smokers who are exposed to high levels of asbestos have a much greater risk of developing lung cancer than nonsmokers exposed to the same level.
Building materials that may contain asbestos include vinyl flooring, mastics, duct insulation and wrapping, pipe insulation, siding, roofing, drywall and joint compound, and plaster and skim coat.
CEA has certified asbestos inspectors to assist clients with testing and consulting needs with regards to asbestos. If asbestos is found during an investigation, CEA can provide the consulting services required to assist the client in appropriately and cost effectively addressing the situation.
Lead-based Paint Services
CEA’s quality lead-based paint services follow the guidelines set forth by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), applicable OSHA and EPA regulations, as well as extensive experience in the lead industry. Lead services are conducted by a Virginia licensed Lead Risk Assessor.
CEA provides lead-based paint services from the initial inspection or risk assessment to developing interim controls to manage lead-based paint that is intact and left in place, and providing final clearance verification for re-occupancy after abatement is complete.
Lead-based Paint Survey
A lead-based paint survey is a surface by surface inspection of painted or coated building components on the interior and exterior of a structure conducted using a non-destructive X-ray Florescent (XRF) Lead Paint Analyzer. The inspection will identify the presence, quantity, and condition of lead-based painted building components.
Lead-based Paint Risk Assessments and Interim Controls
Lead-based paint risk assessments are conducted to determine the presence of lead-based painted building components and the associated health risks based on dust wipe and soil sampling laboratory results. Recommendations are included to determine actions necessary to reduce the risk of potential exposure to lead in dust and soil from deteriorated lead-based painted building components. Interim controls are developed to manage lead-based paint that is intact and left in place.
Post Lead-based Paint Abatement Clearance Testing
Dust wipe and soil samples are collected post abatement of lead-based painted building components for final clearance verification prior to re-occupancy in accordance with the guidelines established by HUD
Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas generated from the natural breakdown of uranium found within nearly all soils, rocks and water. The Surgeon General reports that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer within the United States, behind smoking. Radon gas moves up from the ground in to the air above and can enter home and buildings through cracks / holes in the foundation or basement floors and bare earth in the case of crawlspaces.
Radon can occur throughout the United States. While some areas have a higher probability of containing elevated Radon levels, the U.S. EPA recommends that all buildings be tested for Radon.
Testing is the only way to determine the radon risk within a building, and is easy and economical. Short Term and Long Term testing is available. Typically, a 48 hour test is conducted during real estate transactions. Long term testing (greater than 90 days) is recommended to more accurately determine the radon health risk within a building.
The U.S. EPA recommends homeowners attempt to reduce radon levels in your home if they are at or above 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) .Radon mitigation involves properly ventilating the house to reduce radon levels. Mitigation techniques vary depending on the construction of the home.
CEA personnel are licensed with the National Radon Safety Board (NRSB).Radon mitigation systems should be installed by a certified radon professional. CEA can provide short term radon testing, long term radon testing, and radon testing of water. We can also design and install a radon system at a low cost that will meet safe radon levels for your building.
Indoor Air Quality and Mold Testing Services
CEA’s qualified team of environmental professionals can evaluate and test a broad range of biological and chemical contaminants both surface and airborne. An investigation is conducted to identify the source of the pollutant and to provide recommendations to restore the structure back to a healthy indoor environment.
Exposure to an overgrowth of airborne or surface mold can cause a variety of adverse health effects. Typical symptoms experienced by individuals include allergy-type symptoms such as a stuffy nose, sore throat, sneezing, skin irritation, itching and burning eyes, chest congestion, sinus drainage, headaches, and dizziness.
Flooding, excess moisture, bad ventilation, leaky plumbing, incorrectly placed exhausts in attics, can all lead to possible mold growth. Unless mold is found and treated early, it has the potential to harm the structural integrity of your home or office and could lead to possible health dangers to occupants. Ventilation systems commonly conceal bacteria, mold, pollen, dust mites, and other biological pollutants, which are then re-circulated through the structure. Under the right conditions of temperature and moisture, these contaminants can flourish in air vent ducts and can be transferred throughout the structure.
An Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigation for mold and/or other pollutants based on possible sources is conducted following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommendations for indoor air quality studies. Testing is conducted using state of the art equipment. Upon completion of the assessment and testing for indoor pollutants, a comprehensive report is submitted identifying the source(s) of contaminants, the potential health related affects, and an interpretation of the laboratory results. Should contamination be identified, recommendations are provided detailing site specific procedures that will need to be taken to correct any issues.