Author Archives: Jay Otis

Formaldehyde in Weyerhaeuser TJI® Joists with Flak Jacket® Protection

Weyerhaeuser announced in a press release dated July 18, 2017 that its TJI® Joists with Flak Jacket® Protection manufactured after Dec. 1, 2016 are releasing an odor “related to a recent formula change to the Flak Jacket coating that included formaldehyde-based … Continue reading

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Home Inspector Tip: Time to Inspect and Clean Your Gutters

It is not a task we look forward to, but if you have gutters on your house or commercial property, they require maintenance to function properly.  Gutters not functioning properly can lead to water spilling over or leaking from the … Continue reading

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Home Inspector Tip: American Red Cross Offers Free Smoke Alarms

The American Red Cross has joined forces with the State Fire Marshal, local fire departments, and community partners on a campaign to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires in Maine by 25 percent. The program, called the Home Fire … Continue reading

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Home Inspector Tip: How to Prevent Dryer Fires

According to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), dryers and washing machines were involved in one out of every 22 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2006-2010. In 2010 alone, an estimated 16,800 reported U.S. … Continue reading

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Home Inspector Tip: Test Your Well Water

We all want our drinking water, and the water we use to cook, bath, etc. to be safe and not harm our plumbing, discolor our laundry, etc. If you live in a town or city where the water comes from … Continue reading

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Elevated levels of radon gas from concrete used to build homes and condo complex in Georgia

Very interesting news story from Georgia regarding elevated levels of radon gas from concrete used to build homes and a condo complex in Georgia.  I have not heard of anything like this in Maine.  However, it reinforces the importance of … Continue reading

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Home Inspector Tip: Time to Inspect Your Decks, Balconies and Exterior Stairs

Good weather will soon be here, or at least we hope this is the case. Spring is an ideal time for property owners to inspect their decks, balconies and exterior stairs before family and friends start gathering for birthday parties, … Continue reading

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Home Inspector Tip: How Indoor Allergens & Pollutants May Impact those with COPD

This newly released video from the IAQ Video Network discusses how people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD, may be impacted by exposure to indoor allergens and pollutants. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv-rKdXoW5A

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Chinese Made Laminate Flooring Sold by Lumber Liquidators Unsafe Due to Formaldehyde?

According to the following report which appeared on 60 Minutes on March 1, 2015, Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring contains amounts of toxic formaldehyde that may not meet health and safety standards. http://www.cbs.com/shows/60_minutes/video/A3GckRjCT6fZltzjt0BH8GKM0nGZJ8cw/lumber-liquidators-linked-to-health-and-safety-violations/ Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen that is … Continue reading

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Home Inspector Tip: Test Your Home For Radon

 

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