It’s always a good idea to find out if the building you are interested in purchasing was or is being heated by using fuel oil. Many parts of New Jersey do not provide for natural gas as a fuel source. Tanks used to store fuel oil for the homes using this source were/are either buried in the ground or are installed above the ground outside of or inside the building. Underground, buried fuel oil tanks have a history of leaking causing significant environmental problems which require significant dollars to clean-up.
It’s also a good idea to have a discussion with the building owner, the building department or the gas utility to determine if a fuel oil tank or fuel oil heating system was ever installed. Having the property scanned for a possible buried fuel oil tank if unknown or having a known buried tank and soil tested is recommended.
Federal Pacific – the name of a railroad? No – it’s the name of a company that produced defective circuit breakers manufactured in Newark, New Jersey. Federal Pacific was named in a class action law suit for falsifying their Underwriters Laboratory testing results.
These breakers are dangerous, as they were linked to numerous house fires due to the fact that they did not trip as designed when a short circuit occurred.
If you have this type of circuit breaker it should be replaced!
Many buildings constructed before 1978 used lead paint. If renovations or painting is done and lead paint had been used previously, it would be covered with new paint thereby encapsulating it. Only if its disturbed will it become friable, not unlike asbestos.
A tool / test equipment called an XRF gun shoots a radioactive cobalt beam through the surface being tested. This radioactive source excites the lead molecules in any lead paint which bounce back into the test equipment and gives the technician the exact amount of lead in the area being tested.
Here is something that we see all the time – clogged gutters!
Fall is approaching and it’s time to start thinking about cleaning your gutters. Soggy leaves can lead to water overflowing from the gutters and draining toward your foundation. This causes dampness and water entry into your basement or crawlspace. The gutters can also back up, which can force water to drain towards your home and cause damage and mold.
Many companies clean gutters – including gutter cleaning companies, landscapers and pest control companies. Be sure that whomever you choose, they clean and flush your gutters and leaders and/or underground drain lines. Having your gutters well maintained and clean can give you peace of mind going into the winter months.
The vapor barrier on the insulation was installed backwards. The vapor barrier must face the warm side of the building to prevent moisture migration into the insulation and framing system.
Inadequate ventilation was also noted - you can see particles floating in view of the camera. Cellulose insulation visible in the attic area at the time of the inspection. It should be noted that this insulation material could be extremely flammable if it has not been treated with fire resistant chemicals