Fall 2008

Fall road

All In One Home Inspection Newsletter

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Fall Newsletter Fall 2008
In This Issue
* Welcome
* Want some ice?
* Fall Checklist
* Guest blog featuring Rochelle Dykstra

Joseph W. Fleming III, PE

Joseph Fleming III, PE – Owner – Home Inspector 

  Joseph Fleming is a licensed Home Inspector in NJ and NY and a Professional Engineer. He is a member/director of the Garden State Chapter of the  American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)

Mike

 Mike Hoyt – Home Inspector

  Mike Hoyt is a licensed NJ Home Inspector.  He is a member of New Jersey Association of Licensed Professional Home Inspectors (NJ-ALPHI).  He has been in the construction field for over 20 years.

Welcome 

Welcome back to our seasonal newsletter! We hope everybody stayed as dry as possible during all the rain from tropical storm Hanna. In this newsletter we want to help you get your home ready for fall, and start preparing for winter. Now is the time to work on outside projects, because before you know it, it will be too cold. To help you get started we have our checklist. And we have a guest blog by Rochelle Dykstra.
This summer we made in onto Angie’s list! We are very happy with the good reviews we get and are proud to be a member of Angie’s List now. Our goal is to keep up our good rating. If you are a member of Angie’s List, we would appreciate it if you would write a review for us.
So let’s get that house ready for fall. Enjoy reading!

 Want some ice? 

Fall roadEven though it isn’t winter yet, you should take some precautions before hand. One of them is to shut down valves for hose bibs. Otherwise you might end up with a bunch of ice and some other, more serious problems, like leakage in the basement.                   

Picture from: ASHI Magazine January 2008

 Fall Checklist 

Now that fall is here, a few things you want to check to make sure your house is ready for fall and winter. 
Use these checklists to make sure your house is ready for fall. 
Inside the house:

System

Check

– Air conditioning

Cover top of unit if desired at end of cooling season.

– Heating

Schedule professional service; lubricate fan, motor, and pumps.

– Oil heat

Arrange for maintenance and oil delivery.

– Humidifier

Service, clean, and change water panel as needed. Switch duct damper as needed from summer to winter setting.

– Duct dampers

Adjust dampers for the switch from cooling to heating if necessary.

– High and low returns

Open low returns and close high returns for heating season.

– Sump pump

Test sump pump to make sure it removes water from the crock.

– Clothes dryer

Clean lint from duct and unit per manufacturer’s instructions.

– Fireplace

Check flue, damper, firebox.


 

Outside the house:

System

Check

– Gutters, downspouts

Clean gutters, and make sure downspouts are attached and extended.

– Roof

Inspect for damage; trim trees as needed.

– Roof vents

Inspect for damage or bird nests.

– Chimney

Inspect for damage to cap, flashing and masonry.

– Exterior, general

Check condition of paint, caulk and putty.

– Weatherstripping

Check and repair weatherstripping on windows and doors.

– Exterior, grounds

Check that grading of soil and hard surfaces slopes away from basement.

– Plumbing

Close outside hose connection shutoff.

– Sprinklers, irrigation

Drain and service system.

– Room air conditioner

Remove unit, or install cover.

– Swimming pool

Service and close.

– Hoses

Remove from hose bibs; drain to prevent freezing.

Call Waterworks (1-800-378-4646) for plumbing, hot water heater, furnace, boiler and gas fire place service and repairs. Check the Waterworks website for coupons. They have a several maintenance special that runs most of the fall. Call the office to get more information.

Have you had problems with freezing water in your gutters? Do you have enough outside receptacles for holiday lights? Call Adam Tobia of Toby’s Electrical Service, LLC (201-930-1110) to install gutter heaters and exterior receptacles before the snow.
Need help getting your home ready for fall and winter? Call Angel Reyes (201-281-6172) Home Improvement for gutter repairs and exterior painting. 

Guest blog featuring Rochelle Dykstra

Rochelle
Congratulations! Purchasing a house is the start to building a home for you and your family.  Some of the first steps prior to moving in your new home might include painting, carpeting or new flooring, remodeling and then completing your home with new or stored furniture.

As you begin this new journey, I would like you to think about creating an indoor environment that is free of allergens and contaminants so that you can enjoy many healthful years.

Here are a few simple things you can do to Breathe Easy:

1)      Start cleaning your home with Green Earth -Friendly products that leave no residues, or traces of harmful chemicals behind, especially if you have children or pets.
2)      Use Eco-Friendly paints, flooring and carpets.
3)      Incorporate a whole house purification system to ensure clean air, free of dust, bacteria,virus,mold and VOC buildup (esp. important if you are chemically sensitive)

As a Registered Nurse and Wellness advisor, I will be happy to point you in the right directions and link you to credible products and services so that you can enjoy the process of making your new house a SAFE home for you and your family.

Give me a call and get started to GREEN CLEAN TODAY!

Rochelle Dykstra R.N.
973-464-7181
www.NaturalDirections.net 

Thank you

Thank you for choosing All In One Home Inspection. We’re always happy to help you with any questions or problems. Please, keep referring us to you family, relatives, friends and neighbors. If you would like to read our previous newsletters, take a look at our website. If you have any suggestions for blog topics, please let us know.

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