freshapplication_ERiggsReports of dishonest companies indicate we need to do our homework.

There are at least four cases under investigation in Scio Township where a company allegedly applied coal tar sealcoat on driveways after telling homeowners they were applying the safer asphalt based sealcoat. Scio Township passed an ordinance banning the use of coal tar sealcoats in June, 2016. Not only is this practice deceitful, it is illegal in areas with bans. Communities in the Huron River watershed passing similar ordinances now include, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Dexter and the Townships of Hamburg, Scio and Van Buren.

If you are planning to seal your driveway or other asphalt surface, consider taking the following steps to ensure you are getting what you pay for.

  • Choose a local company.
  • Collect several competitive bids.
  • Be wary of anyone knocking on your door and offering to sealcoat unsolicited.
  • Check out the company you are considering on sites like the Better Business Bureau, Yelp and Angie’s List.

One homeowner described the incident:

They are operating in our area as we speak… offering no estimates, overcharging citizens by upwards of 500% of what it actually costs and using an illegal, banned and harmful product and lying about it to customers…The name that he gave me was Father and Sons Sealcoating but it’s not a real company.  The brochure that he gave me of a real and safe product is not what he used either… They were driving a green Dodge pickup with camouflage on the wheel rudders, probably a Ram.

We are nearing the end of the pavement sealing season, but if you are still hoping to seal yet this fall, do your homework and work with a reputable company.

For more information on the human and environmental health impacts of coal tar and other high PAH sealcoats visit www.hrwc.org/coaltar.