Thursday, April 28, 2016

My World Travels


COUNTRIES WHICH I VISITED ABROAD

turning world

ARUBA - PHOTO ALBUM
Baby Beach
California Lighthouse
California Dunes
Colorado Point
Guadirikiri Cave
Manchebo Beach
Natural Bridge - which is now destroyed
Natural Pool
Palm Beach
San Nicolas
Santa Cruz
Yamonta Hill

BAHAMAS - PHOTO ALBUM
Nassau/Paradise Island
Atlantis

BERMUDA - PHOTO ALBUM
Royal Navy Dockyard
Warwick Parish
Church Bay

CANADA - U.S. Military Police Training

COLUMBIA
Bogota (U.S. Embassy Rehabilitation)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Boca Chica
Mao
Punta Cana
Santiago
Santo Domingo

EGYPT - PHOTO ALBUM
Abu Simbel
Abydos
Al-Deir Al-Bahari
Abu Simbel
Aswan
Cairo
Dahshur
Dendara
Edfu
Giza
Karnak
Kom-Ombo
Luxor
Nubia
Thebes
The Nile

FRANCE - PHOTO ALBUM
Aix-en-Provence
Arles
Avignon
Carcassonne
Paris
TGV (high speed) train across country

GREECE - PHOTO ALBUM
Athens
Khalkidhiki
Thessaloniki (U.S. Embassy Rehabilitation)

MEXICO
Cancun - PHOTO ALBUM
Ciudad Juarez (U.S. Embassy Travel)
Mexico City (U.S. Embassy Rehabilitation)
Puerta Vallarta - PHOTO ALBUM
Las Caletas

PANAMA - PHOTO ALBUM
Panama City
Panama Canal
Rio Hato Cocle - Playa Blanca Resort
Corregimiento de Cristobal - Gamboa Rain Forest Resort

SPAIN - PHOTO ALBUM
Barcelona
Costa Dorada
Girona
Lleida
Madrid
Montserrat
Pacs, Catalonia (The Torres Winery)
Zaragosa

St. Thomas - U.S. Virgin Islands - PHOTO ALBUM
Havensight Dock
Magens Bay
Main Street (Jewelry Galore)

St. Maarten - U.S. Virgin Islands - PHOTO ALBUM
Philipsburg
Pointe Blanche
Toured the entire Island - The French side and the Dutch side

TURKEY - PHOTO ALBUM
Ankora (U.S. Embassy Rehabilitation)
Istanbul

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - PHOTO ALBUM
Dubai
Abu Dhabi

UNITED KINGDOM - PHOTO ALBUM
Bath
London
Slough
Westminster
Windsor
Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire

VENEZUELA
Caracus (U.S. Embassy Rehabilitation)


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ALASKA
Ft. Richardson
Ft. Greely
Ft. Wainwright
Anchorage
Kodiak
Seward

ARIZONA
Grand Canyon

CALIFORNIA
Napa Valley
San Francisco
Redwood City
San Mateo

CONNECTICUT
Hartford

FLORIDA - PHOTOS 2011   PHOTOS 2014
Magic Kingdom
Epcot
Animal Kingdom
Universal Studios
Blizzard Beach

GEORGIA - U.S. Military Training
Ft. Benning
Ft. Gordon
Columbus
Augusta

HAWAII
Island of Maui
Island of Oahu
The Big Island - Kona

INDIANA
Gary

MAINE
Too many visits to list

MARTHA'S VINEYARD - PHOTO ALBUM
Toured the entire Island

MASSACHUSETTS
94th U.S. Military Police Training
Too many visits to list

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Too many visits to list

NEW MEXICO
Luna

NEW YORK
New York city

NORTH CAROLINA
Asheville
Boone
Charlotte
Hickory
Johnson City
Lenoir
Linville - Grandfather Mountain

RHODE ISLAND
Providence

SOUTH CAROLINA - U.S. Military Training
Ft. Jackson

TENNESSEE
Nashville
Memphis
Pigeon Forge

TEXAS
El Paso

VERMONT
Brattleboro

WASHINGTON - U.S. Military Training
Ft. Lewis
Seattle
Spokane


Friday, March 29, 2013

Optional Home Inspection Services

dormer scaninfrared arrowsthermal view

 

INFRARED (THERMAL) IMAGING

This optional service is totally amazing. I basically utilize my infrared camera to detect hidden issues behind the finished surfaces of your building. If there are finished walls or ceilings in the living areas, basement or attic that are situated on the exterior shell of the structure, my IR camera can detect insulation voids or concealed issues that can be revealed without destroying or removing the wall/ceiling material. It’s simply an infrared imaging and measurement camera that can actually "see" and "measure" thermal energy emitted from an object. I can then map out and interpret these thermal readings which can reveal serious issues that cannot be seen by the naked eye or with any conventional or digital photography.

Infrared Scanning - $150.00 an hour ($150.00 for a professional IR report)

 

DRUG TESTING

Yes, you are reading this correctly. I can actually test your prospective home for drug residues within the structure, to detect whether or not previous home owners have ever made, distributed or used specific drugs in that particular home in the past.

Testing homes for Drug use - $100.00

 

WOOD BORING INSECT INSPECTION

Without a Home Inspection $125.00

Wood Boring Insects

Termites

Powder Post Beetles

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Bees

 

 

CERTIFIED RADON TESTING - (Tested by Local Lab)

 

Air Testing...(2 canisters) $95.00 w/ postage paid

Radon in Water...$75.00

Radon Testing (without a HOME INSPECTION) will incur an additional $125.00 travel charge.

 

What is Radon

Health effects associated with Radon

How does Radon get into your home

View a Radon Mitigation System Installation

 

Go online (below) to obtain your Radon results. You will need your canister number which is located on the front page of your Home Inspection report.

radon test results

 



CERTIFIED WATER ANALYSIS - (Tested by Local Lab)

 

BASIC WATER ANALYSIS ...............................................$110.00

Hardness, Iron, Manganese, Chloride, Sodium, Nitrate, PH,

Coliform and E. Coli Bacteria.

 

BASIC WATER ANALYSIS and Arsenic..............................$120.00

 

BASIC WATER ANALYSIS with Fluoride............................$125.00

 

VA ANALYSIS ...............................................................$125.00

BASIC ANALYSIS TEST and Copper.

 

FHA ANALYSIS (Min) .....................................................$125.00

Lead, Nitrate, Nitrite, Coliform and E.Coli Bacteria.

 

FHA ANALYSIS (Max) ....................................................$135.00

BASIC ANALYSIS TEST and Copper, Lead, and Nitrate.

 

FHA ANALYSIS (Max) and Arsenic...................................$145.00

 

CHEMICAL ONLY............................................................$100.00

Hardness, Iron, Manganese, Chloride, Sodium, Nitrate and PH.

 

TOXIC METALS SCREEN...................................................$200.00

Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Cadmium, Chromium,

Copper, Lead, Selenium and Thallium.

 

This is the most common water test that most clients prefer...

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COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS ...........................................$230.00

Hardness, Iron, Manganese, Color, Sodium, Nitrates, Nitrites, PH,

Arsenic, Calcium, Fluoride, Coliform and E.coli bacteria, Copper,

Lead, Turbidity, Color, Odor and Radon in water

 

COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS PLUS....................................$235.00

COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS and Magnesium, Potassium, and UR.

 

COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS and VOC's package...............$415.00

 

VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds)..............................$220.00

Sixty-four (64) compounds such as Vinyl chloride, Chloroform,

Benzene, Tolnene, Styrene, Bromoform, Bromobenzene, MTBE,

Naphtalene, Carbon Tetrachloride, etc.

 

Testing Your Drinking water

water test interpretation

 

 

LEAD PAINT TESTING

New LEAD LAWS enacted on April 2nd, 2010

All Contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

Where can Lead be found?

 

SEPTIC INSPECTION - Including Title 5

(Call for Quote)

Septic Systems

 

ROOF INSPECTION

w/o a Home Inspection...$175.00

(Roof Report is approved by Insurance and Mortgage companies)

 

FHA / VA APPROVED INSPECTIONS

(No Extra Charge) A special form is required for these particular inspections. I simply need you to inform me on-site, so I can prepare this form fr you before my arrival.

 

GET THE FACTS ABOUT YOUR PROPERTY

OBTAIN AN ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT REGARDING THE SURROUNDINGS OF YOUR PROSPECTIVE PROPERTY

The NER (National Environmental Report) scans over 1,400 databases and millions of records of potential land and groundwater contamination's within 1 mile of the address you plan on purchasing.

The Environmental report will show you detailed locations of:

-Leaking tanks (e.g., gas stations)
-Spills (e.g., dry cleaners)
-Residential oil spills
-Clandestine drug labs (34,000+ known in the U.S.)
-Superfund sites (toxic waste dumping) (about 1,300 in the U.S.)

If you are interested in obtaining this Environmental report on-site, ORDER EARLY. I can deliver this NER to you during your home inspection. The fee for this service is $20.00 through me. If you order through NER directly the fee is $40.00. I can save you 50% if you inform me of your choice prior to our home inspection date.

 

 

 

IS YOUR PROSPECTIVE HOME IN A FLOOD ZONE? CLICK IMAGE BELOW...

flood zones

For a more detailed government flood map of your area GO HERE and enter your street address.

 

 

LOCATE REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS

Hover over and tap "Bulldog" to see where registered sexual offenders live and work around you.

family watch dog

 

 

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Sunday, January 06, 2013

KNOW YOUR HOME

know your home

Many homeowners will always have questions regarding their new home, so I have dedicated this portion of my website to homeowners who simply want to "KNOW THEIR HOME". I also strive to keep all my home inspection clients fully informed on just about any concern that would typically arise during their home ownership. This comprehensive list of articles are also printed within my comprehensive Manual (Know Your Home), which every home inspection client will receive with their Home Inspection report. If you are unable to locate specific information pertaining to your home, please email me. I'll gladly research your concern and add the information to this web page.

ALL OF MY TOPICS ARE IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

AIR QUALITY ALUMINUM BRANCH WIRING ASBESTOS - WHAT IS IT
ASBESTOS IN YOUR HOME ASBESTOS HAZARDS ASBESTOS - REMOVING IT
ATTIC INSULATION UPGRADE ATTIC VENTILATION CARBON MONOXIDE
CARING FOR YOUR HOME CARPENTER ANTS CARPENTER BEES
CAULKING CHIMNEYS AND FLUES CIRCUIT BREAKERS
CRACKED SURFACES CRAWL SPACE DRUG TESTING A HOME
DECK MAINTENANCE DRIVEWAY MAINTENANCE DRY WELL INSTALLATION
ELECTRICAL ISSUES ELECTRICAL SAFETY TIPS FOUNDATION MAINTENANCE
FPE BREAKERS FUSES GFCI RECEPTACLES
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN YOUR HOME HEATING APPLIANCES AND MAINTENANCE ICE DAMS
INFRARED THERMAL IMAGING INSULATION UPGRADE KNOB AND TUBE WIRING
LEAD PAINT AND LEAD PIPES LEAD IN YOUR DRINKING WATER MOLD IN YOUR HOME
PLUMBING SYSTEMS RADON - WHAT IS IT? RADON - HEALTH EFFECTS
RADON - HOW IT SPREADS RADON TESTING RADON MITIGATION INSTALLATION
RECALLED APPLIANCES RETAINING WALLS ROOFS
ROOF SHINGLES ROOF MAINTENANCE SEPTIC SYSTEMS
SINK CABINETS SMOKE ALARMS AND CO DETECTORS TERMITES
UNGROUNDED OUTLETS VEGETATION AND TREES AROUND HOME VENTILATING YOUR ATTIC
VERMICULITE INSULATION WATER HEATERS WATER TESTING
WATER WELL (PRIVATE) WET BASEMENTS WOOD BORING INSECTS

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

LEAD PIPES AND LEAD PAINT

Lead Paint


All building contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes built before 1978 must now be EPA certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination throughout your home. Before you hire any building contractor that will be distrurbing suspect lead paint, please have your home professionnally tested for lead paint. If your home does have positive results of lead paint, your renovation contractor must be LEAD-SAFE Certified before touching anything in those areas that tested Positive. Simply look for the LEAD-SAFE CERTIFIED logo before you hire any renovation contractor ...


LEAD - WHAT IS IT
Lead has been mined, smelted, and compounded for thousands of years. Lead is a neurotoxin metallic element that was historically used in paints, gasoline and plumbing materials for many years. Lead was easy to work with for a variety of purposes, which is why mining and smelting of lead has caused millions of tons to be spread into our environment. Lead poisoning occurs only when too much lead accumulates in the body.
Generally, lead poisoning occurs slowly, resulting from the gradual accumulation of lead in bone and tissue after repeated exposure. However, it is important to note that young children absorb 50% of a lead ingestion while adults absorb only 10%. Pregnant women should be especially cautious of lead exposure. The presence of lead dust can cause difficulties during pregnancy. Lead enters the bloodstream and can pass the placental barrier from the mother to the unborn child. The fetus can then be poisoned before birth.
Lead is very dangerous for children under the age of six because it is absorbed more readily into their blood and stored more easily in their bones and internal organs. Lead can be absorbed by the body, primarily through the lungs and stomach. If a child is overexposed to lead it can cause disastrous consequences including the possibility of irreversible brain and nervous system damage. Lead poisoned infants, children, and fetuses can suffer from permanent learning disabilities, behavioral problems, hearing problems, developmental delays, reduced hand-eye coordination and other serious health conditions. Even children who appear healthy can have lead poisoning. If you think your child or other family members may be at risk, contact your physician or local health department for testing, immediately.

WHERE CAN LEAD BE FOUND?

HOUSE PAINTS - Most houses built prior to World War II had lead-based paints applied to the interior or exterior surfaces of the home. It was used until 1978, when it was banned by the EPA. Some of these lead paints still remain inside older homes today and may be particularly hazardous if this paint is in poor condition (chipped or peeling) or if disturbed by sanding or abrasion (creating toxic lead dust).
Lead was used in paints because it lasted forever in the environment and it never broke down into a harmless substance. The amount of lead in paint was reduced in 1950 and further reduced again in 1978. Houses built before 1950 are very likely to contain lead paint while houses built after 1950 will have less lead in the paint. Some house paints sold today have very low levels of lead and are considered environmentally SAFE.

Lead paint that needs immediate attention

lead paint

Lead dust is released from chipping and peeling paint; home renovation projects that disturb lead paint; and lead paint ground up by friction, such as on window sashes, floors, thresholds, stairs, etc. Because young children naturally engage in hand-to-mouth activities on a daily basis, they are more likely to accidentally ingest loose or blistering lead paint. Over many years, surfaces in your home that are painted with lead paint usually crumble into household dust that can not be seen visually. This lead dust clings to toys, fingers and other objects that children normally put into their mouths. This is the most common way toxic lead can accumulate into your child's blood system.

eat or ingest lead paint

Children also get dangerous lead levels into their bodies by chewing on lead painted surfaces such as window sills. Some young children will even eat paint chips that are peeling or chipping. The taste is what makes them come back for more. Believe it or not, Lead paint taste sweet, so children and pets are attracted to the taste of lead paint. In accordance with Massachusetts law, any unit or single family home with an occupant who is less than six years old must be deleaded by an EPA Lead-Safe Certified professional.

TESTING FOR LEAD PAINT
To determine the presence of lead in paint, dust, water, and soil is best done by trained professionals.
Professional testing companies use three basic methods to measure lead in paint:
1) X-ray fluorescence (XRF) uses portable detectors that X-ray a painted surface to measure the amount of lead in all the layers of paint. This type of testing is performed in the home and disturbs little, if any, paint and is highly recommended.
2)On-site chemical testing of paint samples involves removing samples of paint from surfaces to be tested, usually from an area of about two square inches. These samples are then chemically tested for analysis. This method leaves an ugly bare spot on each surface tested and is not recommended by Massachusetts Home Inspections. The Federal government does not recognize this type of lead paint testing for anything more than a screening tool and does not allow chemical spot tests to be utilized in any federal housing inspections. Professional X-ray testing for lead in paint (See #1) is my only recommended testing method.
3)Spot checks are performed with small swabs. A deep cut is made on suspect lead surfaces then a swab is wiped over this surface. Lead paint will turn this swab (and area being tested) into a pinkish color. Swabs do not tell you how much lead is present and their reliability at detecting low levels of lead has not been determined. Professional X-ray testing for lead in paint (See #1) is my only recommended testing method.
If you are seeking a professional lead inspection in order to obtain a Certified Certificate stating that a specific home is free of Lead paint, I do not issue lead Certificates. You must contact a Lead Abatement company from your area. Before you hire any lead paint contractors or lead paint testing firms, please make absolutely sure that your hired contractor is Lead-Safe Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Simply click the Lead-Safe logo below, to locate an EPA Certified firm near you...

Despite efforts to reduce lead in the average American home, the Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated that as of December 2004, 38 million homes in the United States still contained lead paint to some degree. HUD also figures that 25% of the country's residential buildings contain significant lead-based paint hazards. That's about 24 million homes with either deteriorating lead-based paint or lead-contaminated dust.
In 1992, the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act required disclosure of known lead hazards at the time a house is sold or leased, if that home was built before 1978. (Houses built before 1960 are classed as high risk and are almost certain to have at least some lead-based paint.
Problems with the 1992 act stem from the lack of testing in many older homes. If you purchase an older home, the interior and exterior need to be tested thoroughly for the presence of lead-based paint before you can occupy the home safely.


Lead Pipes

LEAD CAN ALSO BE FOUND IN DRINKING WATER
DRINKING WATER - is another potential source of lead. This is usually from lead in solder, fixtures and lead water supply piping in the home. Some supply water pipes in homes built before the 1930's were made of lead, especially the main water supply pipe that penetrates the foundation of the home. In both old and new homes, lead solder was also used in copper piping. Both of these can be a source of lead in your drinking water. I will be visually inspecting all accessible water supply piping within your building and any lead piping that is found (especially at the foundation penetration), will absolutely be noted and highlighted in the PLUMBING section of your inspection report.

A variety of lead pipes
lead pipes


Please do not confuse galvanized water supply piping for lead supply piping. Lead piping will have the distinctive ball connection at the connection to the water meter.


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