If your home was built before the mid-1960s, there's a good chance it has an underground storage tank for the heating oil used as the fuel for the furnace. This heating oil was usually stored in underground storage tanks (USTs) near the homes. Oil trucks would come to the homes and top off the USTs periodically during the winter months.

The Problem: Tanks Can Corrode & Leak Over Time

Over time, people switched to above-ground tanks or to electric furnaces or furnaces powered by natural gas. But the underground tanks still sit on the properties and may still have some oil in them. So what is the problem? Well, the tanks are made primarily of steel, which will corrode after about 20 or 30 years of use. Holes develop in the tanks, and the oil leaks out…

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Durham SkylineLocated just 25 miles south of the Virginia border sits the Bull City; Durham North Carolina. Although small in land mass, Durham is the fourth largest city in state. It has big-city amenities even though it has a small-town feel. Durham is a racially diverse city. Of the approximately 252,000 residents, about 42% are white, 40% are black and the rest are other races.

Durham's Storied Past

Durham has changed a lot over the years. It began as Indian farmland and was settled by Europeans in the mid-1700s. Between the Revolutionary War and the War Between the States, large plantations were established in the area. After the Civil War, the Durham area grew quickly due to its tobacco and textile industries. In the 1950s and 1960s, Research Triangle Park…

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What Is Chatham Park?

The Triangle's next big thing will undoubtedly be Chatham Park. The success of Research Triangle Park has inspired other developers and leaders of North Carolina to create a similar project in nearby Chatham County. Located about 20 and 25 miles southwest of Chapel Hill and Durham and 30 miles west of Raleigh, Chatham Park is a 7,500-acre planned live-work-play community. It is the largest development in North Carolina and the fourth largest project in the US. For more information about the project, check out the video below.

CHP from Preston Dev on Vimeo.

In essence, Chatham Park will be the ultimate lifestyle community, where you can live, work, and play, like never before. Here, technology, desgin, convenience,…

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Raleigh-Durham voted best place to liveAsk anyone from the Raleigh-Durham area and they’ll be happy to tell you what they love about living here, but a new survey has just been released that confirms what many living here already know: that the Raleigh-Durham area is one of the best places in the entire nation to live. In fact, it has officially been voted as the 4th Best Place To Live in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report.

The rankings take a great number of elements into consideration, including its desirability, value, the job market, overall quality of life, and net migration. Overall, Raleigh-Durham has been awarded 7.5 out of 10, which might sound lower than what you’d expect, but it’s actually quite significant when you consider that Denver took the top spot with a score…

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