Winter 2010

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Winter Newsletter Winter 2010
In This Issue
* Welcome
* No Windy Days, Please
* Radon Monitor
* Winter Checklist

Joe on Ladder III

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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Welcome 
 

Welcome back to our seasonal
newsletter! Lately we’ve been getting a lot of snow. Although this is a
lot of fun, it is also important to know how to protect your home and
keep your environment safe. Of course we have our checklist to help you
out. Just a reminder to be sparing with salt, for it can destroy cement
walks, steps and stoops.

Because you spend more time indoors this season we focus on radon levels and a method to measure your radon levels. 


Enjoy reading our newsletter!
 

 No Windy Days, Please

Winter 2010 ChimneyThis old chimney needs to see a brick mason real soon!

  

 

                                                                
Source: ASHI Reporter Magazine March 2010

   

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 Radon Monitor

 

Radon
is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the decay of
naturally occurring uranium in soil and water. Radon is a form of
ionizing radiation and a proven carcinogen. Lung cancer is the only
known effect on human health from exposure to radon in air. Read more about Radon 

 

The
EPA recommends homes be fixed if the radon level is 4 pCi/L (picocuries
per liter) or more. Because there is no known safe level of exposure
to radon, EPA also recommends that you consider fixing your home for
radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L.  

 

This
map published by the New Jersey DEP from collected data shows that the
blue zones hardly ever get radon, the red zones are very prone to high
levels of radon and the green zones are in between.

Radon Map NJ

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If
you want to keep an eye on the radon level in you home you could
install a radon monitor. We recommend the Pro Series 3 Radon Detector.
The Pro Series 3 Electronic Radon Gas Detector is the only radon
detector on the market designed for use by the homeowner. The detector
allows the homeowner to monitor the radon level in their home with an
easy-to-read digital display. It simply plugs in to an outlet. Read more about the monitor

 

Radon Monitor

 Winter Checklist 

Winter is here. It’s been snowing. Make sure your shovel has not
worn out, you still have salt and there is plenty of gas for the snow
blower.".  

Use this checklist to make sure your home is ready for winter.

 

System

Check

– Fire & Smoke Alarms

Change batteries, vacuum to remove dust and test.

– Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Change batteries and test.

– Roof and Gutters

Avoid snow and ice damn buildup on roofs that have large overhangs. 

– Gutters

Clean gutters to avoid clogs.  Avoid puddling water against foundation at downspouts.

– Exterior Spigots

The water supply for exterior spigots should be turned off to avoid freezing.

– Sump Pump

Test sump pumps to make sure they remove water from the sump pit.

– Steam Heat Boiler

Check the boiler water level. Drain the sludge from the boiler tank every two weeks.

– Electric Heaters

Electric baseboard heaters must be kept clear in front to avoid fires.

– Boilers & Furnaces

Have your heating system serviced to help prevent unwanted breakdowns during winter.

– Firewood

Avoid storing firewood against home to help prevent mechanical damage to siding.

– Window AC

Cover or remove window AC units to help avoid cold drafts in home

– Air Filters

Change furnace air filters.

– Humidifiers

Service the humidifier every two to three years.  Water panels may need changing.

– Bedrooms

Move your bed’s headboard against an interior wall to avoid cold drafts from exterior walls and windows.

– Extra Rooms

Close off unused rooms and lower the temperature to reduce heating expenses.

– Exterior Doors

Repair gaps or "daylight" between doors and frames that may let in a draft of cold air.

– Storm Windows

Install or close storm windows on older homes for the best heating efficiency.

– Snow Shovels

Do you have snow shovels and salt?  Go to the store when it’s not snowing to find some.*

– Snow Blowers

Check oil and start up the snow blower to make sure it runs OK before it snows.

* Be sparing with salt, it can destroy cement walks, steps and
  stoops.

 

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).

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
  • Commercial Inspections
  • Radon Tests
  • Wood Destroying Insect Exams
  • Air Quality Sampling (Mold Testing)

Area of CovergaeArea of Coverage:
We cover the following counties in New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union and Warren

  

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We also cover Rockland county and the 5 boroughs of New York.

 

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