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A to Z Inspections NEWSLETTER (405) 412-7861 Commercial/Residential Inspections LIGHTNING could “strike” your home a lot more than twice! (One lightning strike could destroy a lot of items.) Add up the cost of your electrical items that can be fried by a lightning strike; ceiling fans (didn’t include those in the list did you), heating and air conditioning systems, high definition and plasma televisions, home theater systems, surround sound, wired home alarms, personal computers, game consoles, phones --- those are some of the items you can lose. It is more critical to understand that lightning, according to the National Fire Protection Association, is responsible for over 6,000 residential fires per year. Individual components can be protected by UL approved surge suppressor. It should read SVR 330V or Suppressor Voltage Rating of 330 volts and state that it meets UL Standard 1449. These will cost $15 to $30. Do NOT assume that your power strip from Wal-Mart will protect your equipment unless it is identified properly as a surge suppressor. Perhaps the better method of protecting your individual items is to pay an electrician $250 to $500 to install a whole-home surge arrester near the main circuit breaker panel. So far, we are still protecting items. If you want thorough lightning protection for your items and your house, then contact an electrician for a quote. A lightning protection system usually cost around $1.25 per sq. ft. If you have a newer home, it may already be installed. Ask your builder. Either way, of its been five years or more since you have had an electrician out, it is good maintenance and safety to call for a checkup. Ask about your lightning protection when the electrician is there. A to Z Inspections performs complete residential and commercial building inspections and is a teaching/training inspection company. A to Z Inspections is owned by: Jack L. Werner, Ph.D. Lic. # 255 Ph: (405) 412-7861 Fax: (405) 946-3293 A to Z Inspections 2721 N.W. 42nd Street Oklahoma City, OK 73112 A to Z Inspections Lic. # 255 Ph: (405) 412-7861 Fax: (405) 946-3293 The Big Easy The top things that we find everyday that are easily avoidable. Please be sure that Gas, Water, Electric, Propane are ON. 1. Hot Water Tank • If in the garage, it must be raised, whether gas or electric. • Must be double wall pipe all the way through the roof (if replaced since 1990.) • Must have new flex gas line, old copper tubing NOT acceptable. • Pipe off of pressure relief valve must be metal or stamped approved for 180°. 2. Heat and Cool • They must come on! • Put in clean filters, have them serviced and they will probably pass. When dirty filters, low freon, a bad igniter, etc. prevent proper function, they fail. • Pull the floor vents and look in them with a flashlight and your hand. If rusted through they have to be replaced. If we identify a rusted through floor vent, we advise the client to have the entire system scoped. 3. Electric • Loose, cracked receptacles and covers need to be replaced. • All electrical wiring in the attic, in the heater closet should be in a proper electrical junction box, spliced wiring, taped and/or with ‘twist caps’ is NOT enough. • If a bulb is burned out, put a bulb in it. • If you don’t want to fix it, remove it. (Ceiling fans, garage door opener.) 4. Windows and Doors • Cracked glass must be replaced. • Broken/missing window locks must be replaced. • Windows must raise and stay up or they must be repaired --- unstuck, springs replaced, etc. • Door knobs, dead bolts and striker plates that do not work properly must be repaired/replaced. 5. Toilets and Sinks • Snug toilets to the floor and tanks to the toilet. • Turn on all faucets for 20 minutes, then look under them, or behind them, with a flashlight. A lot of sinks leak after 20 minutes, but not after just 2 or 3. • Kitchen hose sprayers are supposed to shut off 100% of the water at the faucet. Repair, replace or remove. • Sink/tub stoppers must work. 6. Roofs • The most common required repair is no chimney rain cap. Add a chimney rain cap and check the top mortar. • If your roof is over 7 years old or has been exposed to bad weather, seal it with tar around all vents, chimneys, valleys, and small damage spots. A to Z Inspections Lic. # 255 Ph: (405) 412-7861 Fax: (405) 946-3293
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