Don’t Forget About Us!

April 15, 2012

We’ve been busy this Spring and do not want you to forget about us!  We are still working hard to meet all of your home inspection needs this season.  Having mold issues?  Wonder if your home’s foundation is sturdy enough to last the next several years?  Afraid you and your family are suffering from radon inhalation?  CALL LHI!  We are here to help you and your home!

Check out tips on your next home inspection below!

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When buying or selling a home, it is important to know what you are dealing with.  Home inspections can offer homeowners and buyers the chance to get more for their money.  Is the house in good condition?  Will it need a lot of work in one area within the upcoming years?  What damage has been done and has it been repaired properly?

Home inspectors can easily answer each of these questions and can refer you to other resources needed for a successful inspection.

What is checked during a home inspection?

During a general home inspection, the overall house is checked for damages.  Here at Lewis Home Inspection, the following aspects of every home is inspected:

  • Structure
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Water Heat Equipment
  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Exterior
  • Roof
  • Interior
  • Garage

Inspectors can also be licensed to do more advanced services.  Radon testing and termite inspections are just two other assessments that can be conducted.  Others include:

  • Mold Inspection
  • Infrared (IR) Scanning Service
  • Septic System Testing
  • Septic System Maintenance Review

Who should inspect my home?

Quite often, the real estate agent that you use to buy or sell your home has a list of inspection companies that they have worked with previously and who they trust.  Agents often want the best for their buy or seller and will work to find a trusted inspection company that will fully disclose information to the client.  If a home inspector finds a problem that they themselves are not certified to handle, they will direct the home buyer/seller to the correct company.  Trust that your agent will direct you to a trusted home inspection company.

When should I get an inspection?

The best time to get a home inspection is when you are interested in buying or selling your home.  Prior to putting your home on the market, have an inspector look for anything that may affect the selling price of your home.  If there is anything wrong with your home, you can have it fixed prior to selling, allowing you to increase the selling price and value of your home.

Before buying a home, you will also want to have it inspected.  After placing an offer on a house, have it inspected to look for any damages that may allow you to negotiate a better price for the home.  You may also find that your dream home is not what you expected.  Have your agent put this in the contract of your new home, making your purchase obligation is based on the findings of the inspection.

Trust your agent and your home inspector and you will be able to save money in the long run when it comes to buying or selling your home this year.

Read up a little more on our services on our website: lhinspection.com.

 

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Lead is a well-known metal that has been used for years in piping inside in the home.  However, in 1987, New Jersey banned the use of lead due to its harmful effects.  Nevertheless, N.J. homes that have been built 50 or more years ago may still contain piping and paint that contains lead that can be seeping into the water we drink.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, up to 20-percent of the lead that we are exposed to comes from our drinking water.

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Lead can affect the brain, kidneys, nervous system and red blood cells.  Young children and pregnant women are at the greatest risks when it comes to the lead in our drinking water.

The factors that may affect the amount of lead that can get into your water include:

  • Type of plumbing materials.  The amount of lead used in soldering joints within the pipes can be up to 50-percent.
  • Length of time the water stands in the pipes.  Water that is in the pipes for a certain amount of time may allow lead more time to seep into the water.
  • Corrosive water.  Corrosive water may be caused by high acidity and low mineral content and it can increase the amount of lead in the water.
  • Grounding of electrical wires to water pipes.  This can cause a higher rate of corrosion.

The best way to tell if your drinking water is contaminated with lead is to have it tested by a local company and have the test results reviewed by New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.  After receiving the results of the tests, you may also want to have your family checked for lead poisoning by your family physician.

In order to ensure that you are doing everything you can to reduce the amount of lead you may be consuming through your tap water, follow these tips.

1. Let your water run for 15-20 seconds if it has not been used for several hours to flush out the lead that may be in the water that has been sitting in the pipes.

2. Do not drink, cook or prepare food with hot tap water.  Lead is often highest in hot water.

3. Avoid boiling water excessively.  The boiling of water can increase the level of lead in the water.

If you live in a home that may have piping that was installed prior to the 1987 N.J statute preventing the use of lead-based building materials, it is important to get your water tested.  Contact a local company that can check your water for levels of lead and other contaminants.  Also, reach out to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services in order get more information about lead in your tap water.

Don’t let lead be the cause of your family’s health problems.  Do something about your drinking water before it is too late.

Resources:

http://www.state.nj.us/health/eoh/hhazweb/lead.pdf

http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/nj.cfm

http://www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/njdwqinstitute.htm