Spring 2010

All In One Home Inspection Newsletter

Clients For Life

Spring Newsletter Spring 2010
In This Issue
* Welcome
* Blasted
* Spring Checklist
* Ode to a Pressurewasher

Watch an interview with Joseph Fleming III, PE 

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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)

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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.

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Welcome 

Welcome back to our seasonal newsletter! Spring is here. It’s the perfect time to start working on the outside of your home and in your garden. Enjoy the weather and avoid the heat that comes with summer. In this newsletter we have our spring checklist and some information about the pressure washer. 

Enjoy reading our newsletter!

 Blasted
 

Radio

This radio was hard-wired with its power cord to the motion light. When the light came on, so did the radio – at full volume. This is one way to keep the deer out of your yard and your neighbors up all night. 
 

   
                                                                Source: ASHI Reporter Magazine April 2009

   

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 Spring Checklist 

It’s slowly getting warmer and that is a nice invitation to go outside and do some work. Especially since you have probably just spend a lot of time indoors because of the cold weather. Open the windows, let the fresh air in.
Use this checklist to make sure your home is ready for spring. 

 

System

Check

– Air Conditioning

Check that the exterior AC condenser unit is clear of garden debris, shrubs and bushes.

– Furnace Humidifier

Turn the control and water off. Close the air duct damper. Does the water panel need changing?

– Return Dampers

If rooms are equipped with high and low HVAC returns, open high returns and close low returns for cooling season.

– Whole House Fan

Check the fan belt. Lubricate the motor and fan bearings. Clean fan blades, bug/vermin screens and louvers.

– Gutters and Leaders

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

– Roof

Inspect roof for damage. Trim trees branches if overhanging or touching roof.

– Roof Vents

Inspect for damage or bird nests.

– Chimney

Inspect for damage to chimney cap, flue cap, chimney flashing at roof, bricks and mortar.

– Sump Pump

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

– Exterior, General

Check the caulking at window and door frames.  Check condition of exterior paint on wood window frames and siding.

– Exterior, Grounds

Check that grading of soil and hard surfaces slopes away from foundation and garage openings.

– Attic

Check for signs of leaks, condensation and mold buildup.

– Attic Fans

Check operation of thermostatically controlled attic fans. Clean fan blades and bug/vermin screens.

– Gable Vents

  

– Basement

Make sure vermin screens are in place and free of debris. 

Check for signs of foundation cracks, structural movement, leaks, rot and mold buildup.

– Crawl Space

Check for adequate ventilation to remove excess moisture. Open exterior vents for the summer.

– Dehumidifier

Clean filters. Set basement dehumidifiers for 50% relative humidity.  Run 24/7.

– Plumbing

Open interior valves so that exterior spigots are pressurized for the summer.

– Clothes Dryer

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

– Sprinklers

Service and start system.

– Decks

Clean walking surfaces of debris and algae. Check deck railings and repair any looseness.

– Birds

Look out for unwanted nests, birds are aggressive about nesting this time of year.

– Termites (WDI)

Termites and other Wood Destroying Insects will attack soft, moist woods that are easy to get at.

– Bees

Bees will start forming nests soon. Small nests are easier to clean away.

For more seasonal maintenance tips, check the website from How to Operate Your Home. If you need help, call us for a referral (201-263-0040).

 Ode to a Pressure Washer

 

My precious pressure washer
if I didn’t have you
what would I do?
Every year when spring arrives
I happily decide
to go outside.
I go to the garage and get my favorite friend
who’s been waiting patiently
and is to me so very dearly.
We go around the house together
and I enjoy this precious time
Is there anything better then springtime?
My Pressure washer is the best
dirt disappears like snow
he leads, I follow.
My house looks like new thanks to my friend
I can’t wait until spring comes again
my pressure washer will be ready then.

 Pressure Washer Tips

Pressure washers are a great way to clean the home’s exterior surfaces.  Clean siding, decks and driveways are always pleasing to look at.   Keep in mind that pressure washers are high powered equipment that can cause damage and injury quickly if not used correctly. 

Always read the operation and maintenance manual before starting your pressure washing project.  Follow the manufacture’s instructions and guidelines.
Wear goggles to protect eyes.
Wear protective ear covering around noisy pressure pump equipment. 
Always point the sprayer away from self and others.
Make sure all exterior windows and doors are closed when pressure washing.
Choose the correct nozzle tip for the sprayer.  Use "fan" spray nozzles for most exterior surfaces.  "Point" spray tips will gouge wood surfaces and leave ultra clean marks and lines.
Use a sweeping pattern back and forth.  Follow a pattern so you don’t miss a spot.  Start further back so not to cause damage, moving in closer if surfaces need more pressure to get clean.
Don’t ever use on Aluminum siding.  The strong spray will remove paint.
Don’t use on roof surfaces.  The strong spray will remove the protective grit surface from shingles and snap off older brittle shingles.
Prepare to get wet.

Thank you

We’re always happy to help you with any questions or problems. Please keep referring us to your 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.

All In One Home Inspection provides the following services:

  • Home Inspections
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  • Wood Destroying Insect Exams
  • Air Quality Sampling (Mold Testing)

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