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HOLIDAY & WINTER FIRE SAFETY

With the winter and the holiday season arriving, now is a good time for homeowners to take some simple precautions to help protect their family and property from fire. Here are some tips that can help prevent fire hazards in the home and can save property and more importantly the lives of the people and pets you love.

  • Check holiday lights for fraying or broken wires and plugs. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines as to how many strands can be joined together, as a fire hazard could result from overload. Enjoy indoor holiday lighting only while someone is home and turn it off before going to bed.
  • Candles add lovely ambience to a holiday home. Never leave burning candles unattended, even for a short time. For peace of mind, use battery-operated LED candles for a realistic-looking alternative that is safe for all.
  • Keep live Christmas trees in a water-filled stand and check daily for dehydration. Brown or lots of fallen needles indicate a dangerously dried-out tree that could catch on fire easily and quickly and should be discarded immediately.
  • Lamps, appliances, and electronics should be checked for frayed cords, loose or broken plugs, and exposed wiring. Never run electrical wires, including extension cords, under carpets or rugs even temporarily as this creates a fire hazard.
  • Fireplaces should be checked by a professional chimney sweep each year and cleaned if necessary, to prevent a dangerous buildup of creosote, which can cause a flash fire in the chimney. Cracks in masonry chimneys should be repaired, and spark arresters inspected to ensure they are in good condition and free of debris.
  • When using space heaters, keep them away from beds and bedding, curtains, paper – anything flammable. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use. Space heaters should not be left unattended while in use or where a child or pet could knock them over.
  • Use smoke detectors with fresh batteries unless they are hard wired to your home’s electrical system. Smoke detectors should be installed on ceilings on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside every sleeping area. Statistics show that nearly 60% of home fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms.
  • Children should not have access to or be allowed to play with matches, lighters or candles. Flammable materials such as gasoline, kerosene, or propane should always be stored outside of and away from the house.
  • Kitchen fires know no season. According to the U.S. National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the leading cause of house fires. Grease spills, items left unattended on the stove or in the oven, and food left in toasters or toaster ovens can catch fire quickly. Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher within easy reach. Extinguishers specifically formulated for grease and cooking fuel fires are widely available and can supplement an all-purpose extinguisher.
  • Have an escape plan. This is one of the most important measures to prevent death in a fire. Visit ready.gov for detailed information on how to make a plan. Make sure all family members know how to dial 911 in case of a fire or other emergency. Don’t forget your pets, have a plan for them too!

Your local Pillar To Post Home Inspectors office wishes you and your clients a happy and safe holiday season!

January Updates from The Scott Frederick Team

From the Desk of Scott Frederick…

Happy New year! I hope the new year is off to a great start for everyone. Remember, January is Radon Awareness Month! Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. have elevated radon levels. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. We are a full service radon testing company. Give us a call if you want to test your home for radon. We can have results in 48 hours. These results are invaluable for the health of you and your family.

 

 

January is Radon Awareness Month

What do you need to know? First, any home can have a radon problem. Second, prolonged exposure to high levels can lead to heath concerns. Third, and last, The Scott Frederick Team has a dedicated Environmental Technician to test for radon in your home. Ask us how.Read More…

 

Realtor Insights – Thank You Notes

I might be old fashioned, but a handwritten note is still the best way to leave a good impression on a client. Do you write thank you notes? Do you receive them? If not, you should. It’s easy, inexpensive, tangible, and will stand out to your clients.
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Inspection Insights – Roof Damage

A home with roof damage or an older roof usually scares buyers away. But should it? Purchasing a home with roof damage can give the buyers leverage to lower the sales price. And a old roof with no damage can last well beyond its expiration. Consult with a roofer before closing the deal.   Read More

 

Vendor Spotlight – Roofing

For specialty roof inspections, or when damaged roofs need repairs we recommend the following: for clay and tile contact Kirberg Company. For all other roof repairs call RAK Renovations.

Additional Services from The Scott Frederick Team

Termite Inspection: Visual evaluation for past and present signs of wood destroying insects. Report is included.

Radon Inspection: A 48-hour test that measures the radon levels in a home. Radon is a clear, odorless gas that permeates up from the soil. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Report is included. In-house service.

Sewer Lateral Inspection: A camera will scope the sewer line to detect any breaks, roots and/or obstructions. Report and video are included. In-house service.

Gas/Mechanical Inspection: All mechanical appliances such as HVAC systems, boilers, water heaters, oven, A/C condenser Freon pressure will be checked. All gas lines on the property will be pressurized and tested for leaks. Report is included. In-house service.

Chimney Inspection: After cleaning all creosote from the chimney, a camera will be used to evaluate the fire box, smoke shelf, damper, and flue. Inspection of the exterior chimney crown and cap will be completed. Report is included.

Mold and Allergen Test: Air samples will be taken in several locations of the house and sent to a third-party lab to determine the presence of mold. Report is included. In-house service.   

Lead Paint and Water Test: Samples will be taken and sent to a third-party lab to determine if the presence of lead is in the paint or water. Report is included. In-house service.

Asbestos and Vermiculite Test: Asbestos can be found in many forms throughout a home of a certain age. A sample will be taken and sent to a third-party lab to determine the presence of asbestos or Vermiculite. Report is included. In-house service.

Pool Inspection-Visual: A visual inspection of the pool will focus on three main areas: structural, deck, and mechanical equipment. Spas can be evaluated too. Report is included.

  • Pool Inspection with pressure test of the pool lines: For an additional cost the lines that are reachable from the edge are pressurized and then monitored for any leaks.
  • Pool Inspection with pressure test of pool lines and main drain: Pressure test of the main drain. This requires certified divers since the main drain is located in the bottom of the pool. The pool must be open and running to test equipment.

Septic and Well Inspection: Inspects all aspects of the septic system, including identifying the age, condition, and type of system, its location and the location of the drain field. Dye will be used to identify where the system is draining. Report is included.

 

Please note: If you choose the Premium Inspection, Radon and Termite Inspections are discounted by 15%. If you choose the Prestige Inspection, Radon and Termite Inspections are discounted by 30%. Call our office at 314-571-9824 for more details.