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Gas Leaks what to look for

This is the scenario:

I have a home under contract and I represent the seller.  The buyer has a home inspection performed and the inspector says there are 2 gas leaks.  One on the gas pipe before it gets to the meter and one inside the house above the water heater.

Of course, we immediately contact the New York Gas Company and report a leak.  The local tech is there quickly and finds no leaks but is unable to give anything in writing while in the field.  He gives the seller an 800 number in Atlanta to call for the “verbal report”.

I contact them and am told that they will not release a report on their findings to me or to the owner without a court order.  What?!?!?!  Over the next three days I speak with many different people at the gas company to no avail.

Finally I arrange to have the gas company, the inspector, the buyers agent and myself meet at the house yesterday morning.  Surprise, surprise, there are 2 leaks right where the inspector said they were.

Now, my issue is what if the house exploded due to the gas leak that the gas company said wasn’t there the first time they went to investigate?  I think this is why you can’t get anything in writing from them.  They don’t want to own liability of their incompetance.  If anything had happened, my guess is that the gas company would have denied they ever investigated a leak there.  The public is in grave danger and are being lied to by the gas company!

What do we do as customers?  I, personally, will never trust the gas company again.  If I suspect a leak I’m calling a plumber.

Basic information and advantages of wooden flooring

Wooden flooring has always been a popular option for real estate homeowners. Despite some of its disadvantages such as the noise it makes, many real estate homeowners still opt to have wooden flooring installed in their homes. For those who are new to all this, here are some useful information on wooden flooring such as its advantages and the types of hardwood floors used.

Wood flooring is made from timbers of spruce, hard wood, or hard pine. Wooden flooring is usually sold unfinished, and then varnished on site. There are also wooden flooring that are pre-finished with polyurethane and aluminum oxide, although titanium oxide and other oxides are also used. There are three types of hardwood floors popularly used today: rotary-peel, sliced-peel, and dry solid-swan.

Wooden floors have natural insulation. Wooden floors are usually installed by laying the wooden layer over the other floor. The space created by the gap between the two layers is where the underlay is installed. The underlay is responsible for minimizing the sound created by the two layers of floors hitting each other.

Aside from its high aesthetic value, wooden floors are also valued because of its high quality and durability. Wooden flooring is also a popular choice for homeowners who place prime importance on acoustics. The indoor air quality is also better if you have wooden flooring in your house. Many are also choosing to have wooden floors because these are easier to clean as compared with other materials used for flooring. Another advantage is that wooden floors come in different designs you can choose from to best suit your taste and preferences.

Why Home Inspections are needed for all construction jobs

Buying a home is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make. This is no time to cut corners. The cost of a home inspection is very small relative to the home being inspected. We are determined to perform inspections of the utmost quality, with integrity.
For a buyer, we make sure that they know and understand the property that you are purchasing. In many cases the cost of a pre-purchase inspection may save you thousands in needed repairs before closing, help in price negotiation or could even help you from buying a money pit.
For sellers, we will provide a report that helps you give a full disclosure, reduce worries about a buyer coming back and questioning anything regarding the property. Find and repair items before it cost you a sale.
Are you building a home? Construction Inspections are more important than a used home inspection that has already had a lot of the builder defects repaired. Some defects could cost you more than the cost of the home. Construction phase inspections can be the best investment you will ever make. Keep an eye on your contractor and your contractor’s sub-contractors. Don’t be naive and trust that your contractor won’t cut corners, let things slide, use substandard materials or never show up on a job to check on the sub-contractors who can cost you major repairs.
A builders warranty is required in real estate. Builders can’t afford a $5,000 claim on a $10,000 job so they make you take an insurance company warranty which takes the burden off of the builder. In many cases these warranties will not cover many of the builder defects. The warranty companies go to the University of DON’T PAY YOU. You will have a very difficult time collecting on any builder defects. Isn’t it smarter to prevent problems before they occur with a little QUALITY CONTROL? Our inspections sure that will be no defective or poor quality.
We stay on top of the building from start to finish.

When you are purchasing a property, we understand that it is a HUGE investment. Everyone involved needs to know every aspect of the property. We take pride in providing this service. The majority of our business is from client referrals and from real estate agent recommendations. We work directly for the client. Our job is to insure that the client understands every item that may be reported.
We are here to assist you in making a confident decision about your property. Whether you’re building or buying a new property and want to be sure of what you’re getting… or selling a property and want to eliminate possible problems that could delay or lose a sale. Or just want a professional to inspect and advise you on the condition and maintenance or safety recommendations of your current home, we are here to help.

Wells and Septic Inspections for the Home

How can I test the quality of my private drinking water supply? You should test private water supplies annually for ecoli and coliform bacteria to detect contamination problems early. Test them more frequently and for more potential contaminants, such as nitrates, radon or pesticides, if you suspect a problem.

How can I protect my private water supply?
You can protect your water supply by carefully managing activities near the water source. For households using a domestic well, this includes keeping contaminants away from sinkholes and the well itself. Hazardous chemicals also should be kept out of septic systems.

  • Periodically inspect exposed parts of the well for problems such as:
    • cracked, corroded, or damaged well casing.
    • broken or missing well cap.
    • settling and cracking of surface seals.
  • Slope the area around the well to drain surface runoff away from the well.
  • Install a well cap or sanitary seal to prevent unauthorized use of, or entry into, the well.
  • Have the well tested once a year for coliform bacteria, nitrates, and other constituents of concern.
  • Keep accurate records of any well maintenance, such as disinfection or sediment removal, that may require the use of chemicals in the well.
  • Hire a certified well driller for any new well construction, modification, or abandonment and closure.
  • Avoid mixing or using pesticides, fertilizers,  herbicides, degreasers, fuels, and other pollutants near the well.
  • Do not dispose of wastes in dry wells or in abandoned wells.
  • Do not cut off the well casing below the land surface.
  • Pump and inspect septic systems as often as  recommended by your local health department.
  • Never dispose of hazardous materials in a septic system.


Septic Systems – Things To Keep In Mind

Gravity feed systems

  • Have your system inspected every 1 to 3 years and pump your tank as needed every 3 to 5 years.
  • Use water efficiently.
  • Do not dispose of household hazardous waste in sinks and toilets.
  • Plant only grass over and near your septic system.  Roots from nearby trees and shrubs may clog or damage the drain field.
  • Do not drive or park vehicles on any part of your septic system.  Doing so can compact the soil in your drain field or damage the pipes, tank or other septic components.
  • Clogger = Diapers, cat litter, cigarette filters, coffee grounds, grease, feminine hygiene products, etc.
  • Killers = Household chemicals, gasoline, oil, pesticides, antifreeze, paint, etc.

Aerobic plant systems

  • Have system inspected annually.
  • Use water efficiently.
  • Make sure power is on continuous to air supply and pump.
  • Make sure effluent disposal is unobstructed.
  • Do not dispose of household hazardous waste in sinks and toilets.
  • Plant only grass over and near your septic system.  Roots from nearby trees and shrubs may clog or damage the drain field.
  • Do not drive or park vehicles on any part of your aerobic system.  Doing so can damage the pipes, tank or other components.
  • Clogger = Diapers, cat litter, cigarette filters, coffee grounds, grease, feminine hygiene products, etc.
  • Killers = Household chemicals, gasoline, oil, pesticides, antifreeze, paint, etc.