|Vol. 3, No.
From the desk of ...
Arthur S. Lazerow
Home Inspection Service
Accreditation For Lead
Expands Its Staff!
We are pleased to report that during
mid-February, Alban received its lead-paint inspection accreditation from the Maryland
Department of the Environment. As a result, Tim Watkins has joined our full-time staff as
Chief of our lead paint testing division and will direct four other Maryland accredited
Alban is qualified to perform lead paint inspections required by Maryland's H . B. 760 for
rental dwellings, and Title Ten, a federal law affecting real estate transactions on
properties built before 1978.
By our next newsletter, we should also have terrific news about expansion of our home
inspection division, which to date has been a one-person operation - me!
Call Alban for the following services:
Well & Septic Tests
573 Lancaster Place
Frederick, Maryland 21702
Full Fee Refund
IF SALE DOESN'T CLOSE
One of the most frequent and least recognized
problems home owners face is inadequate attic ventilation. Poor attic ventilation can lead
to excessive heat in summer, which will prematurely fatigue a roof and require additional
cooling for the living spaces below. During winter, moisture from indoor activities
migrates from the living spaces to the attic - delaminating plywood and rotting roof
sheathing and framing,
Rusted nails and stained roof sheathing are initial signs of a ventilation problem. Two
tests help determine if there is sufficient ventilation in an attic. In the winter, look
for moisture or frost on exposed nails at the underside of the roof sheathing during very
cold weather. On warm, windless summer days there should be a maximum 10-15 degree
difference between the air in the attic and a shady spot outside.
Solutions for poor ventilation include:
Ventilation Systems: Ridge and soffit vents allow natural air flow. Cool
air enters at the soffits under the exterior roof overhangs. As this air warms, natural
convection pushes it to the
Power Fans: During summer operation, a thermostat automatically operates
a roof or gable-mounted fan as needed to force air circulation. For proper moisture
control in winter, the fan should be operated by a humidistat placed at the lowest point
in the attic on the north side, or a clock timer set for two minutes each hour during cold
Blocked Vents: Clearing up blocked soffit vents often cures ventilation
Adequate attic ventilation all year 'round is important to the long-term health of your
house and for optimum interior comfort. It will also reduce heating and cooling loads and
the expenses that go along with them.
Rusty Water? Have you ever come
across a house with a well that also has orange stains in the tubs and toilets? The stains
are probably rust, but the best bet is to have the water analyzed. Testing should identify
the exact cause of the stains. Often rust stains can be eliminated with water treatment.
Special cleaners for removing rust stains from porcelain are available from many home
centers. Some of these cleaners contain acids and are hazardous, so read the directions
carefully and observe all recommendations if you try one of them.
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