ERAS has noticed a significant increase in the number of properties for sale that once contained dry cleaners. Former dry cleaners will almost always require a due diligence Phase 2 investigation. Dry cleaners are a special problem because they were so easily installed, moved and many once existed. In addition, the owners of dry cleaners are generally Mom and Pop type folks and there is no State of California program to finance investigation and cleanup.

The current standard for investigation at dry cleaners involves collection of soil vapor samples in the areas of potential impact which includes the machine and chemical storage areas. Owners should expect an investigation to cost approximately $6,000-8,000 and require at least 4 weeks.