Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hazards – Asbestos

March 2, 2010 by  
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Asbestos is a mineral fiber found in rocks, of naturally occurring silicate minerals that can be separated into fibers. There are several kinds of asbestos fibers, all of which are fire resistant and not easily destroyed or degraded by natural processes. The fibers are strong, durable, and resistant to heat and fire. They are also […]

Hazards – Lead Based Paint

March 2, 2010 by  
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Lead-based paints were used in many homes prior to its banning by the federal government in 1978. Lead-based paints, as the name implies, contains lead. Many documented cases of lead poisoning can be attributed to lead contamination resulting from the degradation of such paints. Lead-based paints in good condition pose little risk but those that […]

Ice, Rain & The Pacific Northwest

March 2, 2010 by  
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Portland Home Inspectors see it all. Living in the Pacific Northwest our homes are subject to a wife variety of weather. We don’t often think about it, but the places we live take quite a beating. Keeping up on your homes aches and pains is important to do early on, before a real problem festers. […]

Indoor Air Quality

March 2, 2010 by  
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One sure path to energy efficiency in houses is eliminating air leaks. If you cut down the amount of air that has to be heated and cooled, you cut your utility bill substantially. But plugging up all those air leaks means less fresh air inside and this has brought on other problems. One of the […]

Problems With Aluminum Wiring

March 2, 2010 by  
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Due to implications in numerous house fires, the once common practice of using aluminum wiring during the 1970’s is no longer permitted in new installations in most jurisdictions. If your house has aluminum wiring you do not necessarily need to panic. Aluminum wiring can be just as safe as copper wire as long as it […]

Severe Dampness

March 2, 2010 by  
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Living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, we tend to have higher moisture and dampness in our homes. Being a home inspector from the greater Portland area, I’ll share with you some findings. Some homes have problems with excessive moisture. It’s most noticeable as condensation on windows. If moisture is excessive and stays on your windows […]