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The Home Inspection Professionals in Binghamton, New York

Members of the American Society of Home Inspectors. Proudly serving the Southern Tier of NY and Northern Tier of PA since 1989.

Contact Information:

Phone:
607-773-1519

Fax:
607-773-4731

E-Mail:
office@professionalhome.com

Address:
1278 Vestal Avenue
Binghamton, New York   13903

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Serving Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Cortland, Tompkins, Susquehanna and Bradford Counties

Recommended Links

The following links have been selected to provide additional information on some of the complex issues that are discussed during a home inspection.  These items may or may not appear in any given report. 

Aluminum Wiring:  Aluminum wiring has been linked to home fires.  This information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission gives a brief history of its use and discusses some of the typical repair methods.  However, the recommended repair, called a CopAlum crimp connection typically is not feasible for residential construction.  We therefore always recommend consulting a qualified electrician when aluminum wiring is found in 15 and 20 amp branch circuits.  The CPSC has reaffirmed their endorsement of the CopAlum repair system in a press release in May of 2003. 

Asbestos:  Asbestos fibers can cause lung disease.  This guide from the EPA discusses the issue and possible abatement methods. This health organization's website has up-to-date and comprehensive information about asbestos and mesothelioma, a rare lung cancer caused almost solely by asbestos.

Carbon Monoxide: Information from the EPA about this deadly gas produced when exhaust gases build-up in buildings due to improper venting.

Flexible Brass Connectors:  These connectors are often used to connect gas ranges, water heaters, etc. to the solid gas piping.  These older connectors have been linked to numerous fires and deaths. Information about these can be found at the Consumer Product Safety Commission website

Fuel Oil Tanks:  Fuel oil tanks can pose an environmental hazard if not properly maintained.  This article from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation discusses tank maintenance and the particular concern over buried fuel tanks. 

GFCI’s:  Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI’s) are inexpensive devices that greatly reduce the risk of shocks and electrocution.  These devices are required by code in all “damp” areas of newly constructed homes including the kitchen, bath, basement, garage, exterior, etc.  While not required in older homes, these devices are a recommended upgrade in any home.  This fact sheet from the Consumer Products Safety Commission further explains the benefits of GFCI’s. 

Heat Tapes: Heat tapes are used in many homes to help prevent freezing pipes.  Once installed, these devices are easily forgotten.  This fact sheet from the Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds us that heat tapes should be properly installed and periodically replaced to reduce fire risks. 

HTPV vents:  Some gas fired furnaces and boilers were installed in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s with a gray, translucent light yellow/brown, or black plastic vent pipe called High Temperature Plastic Vent (HTPV).  This material was recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission after reports of cracking at joints and connections. Replacement is recommended

Lead Paint:  Information from the EPA. 

Mold:  Information on mold, moisture and indoor air quality from the EPA. 

Pool Safety: from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

Radon:  Information from the EPA. 

Wood Heat Safety:  Special care must be taken in the installation and operation of solid-fuel burning appliances (Wood stoves and Fireplaces).  Woodheat.org covers this topic and discusses methods for installing clearance-reducing heat shields.

Wells and Septic Systems:  Proper installation and maintenance of private wells and on-site waste disposal systems is critical for your family’s health and protection of the environment.  Penn State University has several fact sheets for the homeowner. 

Whirlpool Tubs:  Information on cleaning and safety.  Additional information on whirlpool safety is available at the Consumer Product Safety Commission.