Water Heater Blues
Actually, a home occupant’s water heater
blues may be caused by white particles in the water supply system and
can be observed by unscrewing the faucet aerator at any sink. These
particles come from a disintegrating plastic water heater dip tube and
are prevalent in water heaters manufactured from 1993-1997.
dip tube is the inlet tube in the water heater that brings the cold
water into the bottom of the water heater. This allows the upper part of
the tank to hold only hot water and thus prevents incoming cold water
from mixing with existing hot water. As the tube breaks up, it permits
the incoming cold water to mix with the hot water, reducing efficiency.
If your shower time with hot water is becoming shorter and shorter, this
may be the reason.
Defective dip tubes become brittle from the hot water. As the end of the
pipe disintegrates, small white particles circulate and accumulate in
the strainers and aerators of plumbing fixtures. To check your home’s
system, first determine the manufacture date of your water heater,
located in the serial number on the data plate. If the water heater was
built between 1993 and 1997, unscrew an aerator at any faucet and look
for eggshell colored particles. Fortunately, they are not toxic, since
they made of polypropylene.
your water heater is affected, call your plumber. The manufactures will
not stand behind this defect unless the water heater is still under
rose by any other name is still a rose. However, an electrical
receptacle is not an outlet. Try these words for precision:
single electric wire that can carry electricity is a conductor.
Conductors have many uses, such as the service drops overhead, service
entrance conductors, feeder conductors, grounding electrode conductors
and branch circuit conductors.
Two or more conductors in an insulating jacket is a cable. We usually
call cables wires but cable is more precise. The most common form of
cable is called Romex. But Romex is a trade name for cable manufactured
by Southwire. The proper name is non- metallic sheathed cable (listed as
NM cable). Metallic cable we call BX, but this is GE’s trade name for
armored cable (listed as AC).
Finally, an electric receptacle is the apparatus in which we insert
plug- and cord-connected electrical equipment. An outlet is any place
electricity is supplied to electrical equipment, such as a dedicated
cable to an electric clothes dryer or oven or to a receptacle.
Hopefully, your home inspection reports will use this nomenclature
accurately, but to me, I plan to plug my lamp into
the nearest outlet.
From the Desk of
ALBAN CORPORATE SPONSOR OF
STRATHMORE MUSIC CENTER
This year has been difficult for home
inspectors. A precipitous fall in the number
of sales has reduced the number of inspections to be performed. Some
how, with continuing success of our marketing program, especially in the
area of newly licensed Realtors, with excellent financial management and
with healthy production of lead-based paint inspections and other
environmental testing work, we have managed to remain profitable as a
It is in this context that I am
pleased to announce that Alban Home Inspection Service, Inc. has made a
significant donation to the Strathmore Music Center and has become a
My wife and I were late to discover
Strathmore Music Center. Located at the corner of Tuckerman Lane and
Rockville Pike, it is only ten minutes away from home. Strathmore had
been in operation over a year when we were told that an outstanding
English jazz singer, Stacy Kent, would be performing.
We bought tickets and I must say, our first
concert was a “wow” experience. Strathmore Music Center is a first class
performance viewing venue. Driving there is convenient and parking is
free. Every seat offers an intimate view of the performer and the hall
is tuned perfectly to enhance the audience’s appreciation of the
performer’s sound. After Stacy Kent, we heard Josh Redmond and the San
Francisco Jazz Collection, followed by both the Baltimore Symphony and
the National Philharmonic.
We became believers that Montgomery County
is now blessed from a performance arts perspective. Strathmore offers
dance, opera, jazz, popular and country music,
besides classical music. Strathmore Hall
Foundation offers a wide range of performances, including concerts last
month by Bernadette Peters and next month by the Beach Boys, and in
2007, the Irish Tenors, Ramsey Lewis and Placido Domingo. Tickets are
reasonably priced, and the overall experience is extraordinarily
The more I attended events, the more I
became convinced that citizens and businesses of Montgomery County and
surrounding areas should support the Strathmore Music Center
financially. I was told that ticket sales do not pay for the entire cost
of operating Strathmore. Only a forty-five minute drive from Frederick,
an hour drive from Hagerstown or twenty minutes from
Gaithersburg/Germantown or the District of Columbia, where else is such
first class and affordable entertainment available?
There are four unique and distinct
organizations presenting entertainment. The Strathmore Hall Foundation
offers free outdoor concerts during the summer on their grounds and a
full schedule of concerts in both the main hall and the mansion during
the remainder of the year. They also have a full program of educational
events and art exhibitions. Washington Performing Arts Society, the
renowned concert promoters in Washington, offers six shows entitled
“Celebrity Series at Strathmore” this year. Performers include Emanuel
Ax, pianist, and Pinchas Zukerman and Joshua Bell, violinists.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is world
famous and has 31 concert and special performances scheduled during the
2006-2007 season. Finally, the National Philharmonic has fourteen
concerts this year, from Mozart’s masterpiece opera The Marriage of
Figaro to Handel’s Messiah for Christmas to a collection of classical
favorites. This is an amazing selection of entertainment located in
In this spirit, Alban has made a long term
commitment to support Strathmore Hall Foundation as a corporate sponsor.
We are proud to be doing our part to help the arts proper in our back
yard. In addition, I have established a program for all Alban employees,
in which the company will treat every family to a concert annually. My
belief is that as soon as we learn how easy it is to attend and how
pleasant the experience is, everyone will keep an eye on the Strathmore
schedule. Hopefully, the arts will become a regular part of our
otherwise busy lives.
Permit me to recommend to everyone reading
this Alban newsletter to make an effort to visit Strathmore Music Center
in person. Pick your favorite music for the first time and purchase
tickets. During the Month of November, there are over 40 events on the
schedule. You will not be disappointed. I have found the Internet ticket
purchase system so easy that I use it exclusively.
P.S. Their website address is