Home Inspection
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Vol. 3, No. 3

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Arthur S. Lazerow

Title X Lead Inspections

The effective date for compliance is December 6, 1996. Realtors must comply. With disclosure, many buyers will opt to have a lead assessment with their home inspection.

Realtors: Beware the unaccredited inspectors! State of Maryland law states that no one shall perform lead inspection or lead risk assessments unless accredited by the Maryland Department of the Environment. Accreditation involves extensive education and passing rigorous exams, the correct (and expensive) equipment, and understanding the complexities and danger presented by lead-based paint.

If an unaccredited inspector is selected, both the client and the Realtor are at risk! The Realtor has not represented the client properly. The solution: Ask every inspector to fax a copy of their accreditation certificate. Keep the certificate in your file to prove full compliance with Title X.

Needless to say, all Alban home inspectors are fully MDE accredited to serve Realtors and their clients properly.

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Frederick, Maryland 21702
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Get the Most From Faucets & Showers

Repairing leaks in faucets and showers can save hot water. One drip per second can cost $1 per month, yet can be repaired in a few minutes for less. Taking some simple steps could have significant results. Try turning the water faucet off while shaving or brushing your teeth. Limit the amount of time you spend in the shower.

Other actions may require a small investment of time and money. Installing low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators can save significant amounts of hot water. Low-flow showerheads can reduce hot water consumption for bathing by 30%, yet still provide a strong, invigorating spray.

Faucet aerators, when applied in commercial and multi-family buildings where water is constantly circulated, can also reduce water-heating energy consumption. Older showerheads deliver 4-5 gallons
(15.1-18.9 liters) of water per minute. However, the Energy Policy Act of 1992 sets maximum water flow rates at 2.5 gallons (9.5 liters) per minute at a standard residential water pressure of 80 pounds per square inch (552 kilopascals).

A quick test can help determine if a shower is a good candidate for showerhead replacement. Turn on the shower to the normal press used, hold a bucket that has been marked in gallon increments under the spray, and time how many seconds it takes to fill the bucket to the one-gallon (3.8-liter) mark. If it takes less than 20 seconds, one could benefit from a low-flow showerhead. A top-quality, low-flow showerhead will cost $10-$20 and pay for itself in energy saved within four months. Lower-quality showerheads may restrict water flow, which often results in poor performance.

Because of the different uses of bathroom and kitchen faucets, one may need to have different water flow rates in each location. For bathroom faucets, aerators that deliver 0.5-1 gallon (1.9-3.8 liters) of water per minute may be sufficient. Kitchen faucets may require a higher flow rate of 2-4 gallons (7.6-15.1 liters) per minute if the sink is filled for washing dishes. On the other hand, if water is let to run when washing dishes, the lower flow rate of 0.5-1 gallon per minute may be more appropriate. Some aerators come with shut-off valves that allows one to stop the flow of water without affecting the temperature.

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