May, 2015

Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

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Electrical Fires are one of the Top Safety Hazards in Homes

In case home inspectors are not aware of the following receptacle problem, I wish to bring this information to their attention.

A friend of mine discovered cracked receptacles and switches in his condo unit located in Columbia, MD. His home inspector had missed these particular cracked devices and therefore had not reported them. His condo building was built in 2007; the electrical receptacles and switches were manufactured by Pass & Seymour/Legrand Company. Fortunately for all concerned, the manufacturer paid for replacing all the devices in his unit.

Apparently, when the electricians push the wired devices back into the wall boxes, the pressure of the metal screw connections cracked the plastic parts. This condition was discovered in other condo units in the building.

Another item in the local news related to electrical hazards was a 16,000-sq. ft. mansion built in 2005 in Annapolis, MD, that had burned to the ground last month, tragically killing a family of six (two adults and 4 visiting grandchildren). Sprinkler systems were not required in 2005 in that county when the house was built. A preliminary investigation by the fire department determined the blaze was caused by a faulty electrical outlet that ignited materials in the home’s great room, including a 15-foot tall Christmas tree. The deceased owner of the mansion was a 56-year-old computer/software developer.

Sincerely, John Heyn
JJH Consultant Inc.
Owings Mills, MD

Lou Rinaldi of Eagle Eye Home Inspection Services
Shared This Press Release:

February 12th, 2015, Eagle Eye Home Inspection Services was recognized as the Emerging Business of the Year by the Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce at the PV Stars, Best of the Valley event. The award, to honor small businesses having exceptional performance and community involvement, was presented at the First Annual Chamber “Gala of the Stars,” held at River Crest Country Club in Collegeville, PA.

Eagle Eye Home Inspection Services’ owner, Lou Rinaldi, was honored for exemplary service to homeowners and real estate offices. He was also recognized for donating his time and services to those less fortunate. Lou has brought his 34-year background as a general contractor forward into home inspections, delivering peace of mind to home buyers with services that include comprehensive home inspection reports, radon testing, and wood infestation services.

Mr. Rinaldi is a member in good standing with ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors).

Eagle Eye is an affiliate member of MCAR (Montgomery County Association of Realtors) and a member of the Spring-Ford Chamber of Commerce, the Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce and BNI (Business Network International) of Collegeville, where Lou serves on the Leadership Committee.