Monthly Archives: October 2021
Window inspection service
The windows in your home play a large role in the efficiency of your home. No matter the season, your home loses a lot of its ambient temperature through the glass in your windows
What’s the R-value of the glass? Is it insulated, double pane or has storm windows? If you aren’t sure, or you’d like advice, call 888-428-0450 for consultation
Maintenance Checklist – Windows
- Check caulk. Any gaps wider than the thickness of a nickel need exterior caulk.
- Any existing sealants that are no longer pliable and continuous need to be removed
- and resealed.
- Check window-glazing putty (the material that seals the glass into the window
- frame) for cracks and missing putty.
- Repair or replace as necessary.
- Check for broken or damaged glass.
- Condensation between double or triple pane glass layers is unsightly and indicates seal failure and loss of energy eficiency.
- Check for rot or cracks/separation in window frame.
- Soft, spongy or easily gouged wood indicates rot.
- Repair and paint window sills and frames as necessary.
- Make sure windows open and close easily. They are a potential escape route during an emergency.
- Check operability of bottom sash AND top sash of double hung windows.
- Conirm locking hardware operation. The lock keeps intruders out and ensures the
- window seals correctly for energy eficiency.
- Check and clean window screens.
- Repair small holes or replace screen entirely if necessary.
- Many local hardware stores offer screen repair.
- Wash windows and sashes according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- To avoid damage to finish and seals, do not powerwash or aim spray hose directly on windows or frames.
- Remove and store storm windows in spring. Label your storm windows for easier replacement in the fall.
- Clear out basement window wells.
- Excess material encourages animal and insect activity and could be a safety concern as well.
Molds are part of the natural environment and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
Mold is not usually a problem unless it begins growing indoors.
The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture.
Molds can have a big impact on indoor air quality.
Ten Things You Should Know about Mold
- Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
- There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
- If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
- Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
- Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
- Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
- Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
- Increasing ventilation
- Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
- Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
- Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
- Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
- In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
- Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
How do molds affect people?
Molds are usually not a problem indoors unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing.
Molds have the potential to cause health problems.
Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions) and irritants.
Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash.
Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold. Research on mold and health effects is ongoing.
The above does not describe all potential health effects related to mold exposure. For more detailed information consult a health professional, your state or local health department, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mold website.
Who should do the cleanup depends on a number of factors. One consideration is the size of the mold problem. If the moldy area is less than about 10 square feet (less than roughly a 3 ft. by 3 ft. patch), in most cases, you can handle the job yourself, follow the Mold Cleanup Tips and Techniques.
- If there has been a lot of water damage, and/or mold growth covers more than 10 square feet, consult EPA guide Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Although focused on schools and commercial buildings, this document is applicable to other building types.
- If you choose to hire a contractor (or other professional service provider) to do the cleanup, make sure the contractor has experience cleaning up mold. Check references and ask the contractor to follow the recommendations in EPA guide Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, the guidelines of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygenists (ACGIH), or other guidelines from professional or government organizations.
- If you suspect that the heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) system may be contaminated with mold (it is part of an identified moisture problem, for instance, or there is mold near the intake to the system), consult EPA guide Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned? before taking further action. Do not run the HVAC system if you know or suspect that it is contaminated with mold – it could spread mold throughout the building.
- If the water and/or mold damage was caused by sewage or other contaminated water, then call in a professional who has experience cleaning and fixing buildings damaged by contaminated water.
- If you have health concerns, consult a health professional before starting cleanup.*
most are activated charcoal-based or electret ions that measure radon levels for two to seven days. You mail the tests to a lab for the results. Short-term tests are available at home centers, hardware stores, and online retailers. Long-term tests measure levels for 90 days to one year.
What is radon and what causes radon gas?
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that’s produced by decaying uranium. Radon is present in nearly all soils and very low levels of radon gas are found in the air we breathe every day.
Why is radon a problem?
The problem occurs when radon gas enters your home and gets trapped. Long-term exposure to high levels of radon can cause lung cancer
While questions still remain over the quantities and length of exposure, radon concerns are a fact of homeownership.
Most residential real estate transactions require radon testing, and many states require radon mitigation for new construction.
Our Home Sellers Inspections provide the perfect visual inspection reports to help sellers better understand the health of their house and how it affects the market value
A home inspection is an opportunity for you to hire an expert to walk through the home and prepare a report that outlines the home’s major components, their current condition
what needs immediate attention, and what will require maintenance after you move in.
As a buyer, your home inspection report offers a deeper understanding of whether the home has been well-maintained or needs major repairs.
If you’re not satisfied with the home’s current condition, you can request the seller address the repairs or give you a credit toward the cost of repairs at closing.
A report can also help you prioritize repairs and improvements after you buy the home, and plan for upgrades.
Having your own home inspection checklist as a buyer can help you get the most value of your inspection report.