How much lead does my home have?

Homes built prior to 1980 are likely to contain lead-based paint even though the actual ban was in place in 1978. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): 87% of pre-1940 contain lead-based paint; 69% of homes built between 1940-1959 contain lead-based paint 24% of homes built between 1960-1977 contain lead-based paint Lead can also be present in drinking water, soil and dust. Lead is very toxic to children, if … Continue Reading

Lead Based Paint Inspection

Lead-based paint was banned in 1978 and lead plumbing materials were prohibited in 1986. It is important to realize that just because the law changed doesn’t necessarily mean all contractors were in compliance. For this reason, we recommend all homes constructed before 1980 be tested for unsafe levels of lead based paint or leaded dust hazards. Lead paint which remains undisturbed on a wall generally doesn’t pose a threat the … Continue Reading

Creating Lead Hazards

Part two in the Series on Lead Based Paint Hazards In the last article I discussed the generalities of lead based paint hazards and what health effects it can have on children in particular.  I am now going to move the discussion forward by discussing how easy it is to inadvertently create a lead hazard.  I recall sitting in my first certification class listening to the instructor discuss how lead … Continue Reading

Lead Based Paint Hazards

Part 1 of a series of articles on lead based paint hazards in the home. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), if you live in a home that was built prior to 1978 there is a good chance that lead based paint was used on this inside and outside of your home.  Prior to 1978 lead based paints were commonly used in homes because the paint provided a … Continue Reading

Mold Certifications

  Did you know that California does not regulate mold inspectors. The term mold certification is so watered down by tens of companies offering internet only or test only certifications that can be obtained in as little as a few hours.  Literally, anyone with a flashlight, some spore trap cassettes and an air pump can start and operate a legal mold inspection business in California.  As crazy as it sounds … Continue Reading

Manufactured Home Foundation Certifications

The requirements for government guaranteed loans on manufactured housing changed to include a permanent foundation. It is required that foundations be certified by a licensed professional engineer to be in compliance with HUD-7584 (Permanent Foundation Guide for Manufactured Housing). This applies to FHA and VA loans. As a result, many private lenders offering conventional loans have added this as a requirement for their loans. We have partnered with the engineers … Continue Reading

Asbestos Information

Asbestos Information Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that can be found in rock or soil.  Asbestos is was mined in the United States for much of the 20th Century.  Asbestos is no longer mined in the United States but it is still mined in other countries like Russia, China, and Canada.  One of the most famous used of the mineral fiber was document in cases involving vermiculite used … Continue Reading

Replacing Wax Toilet Ring – Part 2

Home Inspector Article: Replacing Wax Toilet Ring Part 2 This video is part 2 of 2 for the Replacing the wax ring to prevent water damage.

Replacing Wax Ring for Leaking Toilet

Home Inspector Article:  Replacing Wax Toilet Ring to Prevent Sub Floor Damage Preventing wood damage to a sub floor around a toilet is both easy and cost effective.  I can’t share with you the number of loose and leaking toilet that I find during the course of the year while inspecting homes.  Loose toilets is right up there with damp crawlspaces in terms of how many times I find the … Continue Reading

Repairing Drywall Using the Screen Patch

Repairing Drywall Using the Screen Patch Here is an excellent video on repair drywall.  This video focuses on fixing damaged drywall using screen patches.  This technique is good for locations where aesthetics are not a primary concern (i.e. garages, closets, ect) .  The video discusses tools that are required  to complete the poject, techniques for finishing the surface to blend the repair, and the materials required to get a durable result.   … Continue Reading