Property Drainage

Making sure that your property is sloped to allow proper drainage can mean the difference between a trouble-free rainy season and a flooded basement a few times a year.  Unwanted moisture intrusion—even at a level not serious enough to cause interior flooding—can create insidious problems that will be difficult to completely eliminate, such as weakened…

The Bathroom Vent System

Bathroom ventilation systems are designed to exhaust odors and damp air to the home’s exterior. A typical system consists of a ceiling fan unit connected to a duct that terminates at the roof.  Ventilation systems should be installed in all bathrooms, including those with windows, since windows will not be opened during the winter in…

Seasonal Maintenance Checklist Spring/Fall

Seasonal Maintenance Checklist Spring/Fall  INTERIOR Check ceiling and surfaces around windows for evidence of moisture. Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks, and toilet base. Check ceiling areas beneath bathrooms for leakage. Check all stairs and railings for any loose members. Check all fire and safety systems regularly. Test all smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors…

Lead in School Water?

Here are 5 tips for parents on keeping kids safe from lead-tainted water in schools: 1. Pack water run through a filter certified to reduce lead by the NSF International or Water Quality Association (WQA) in a water bottle for your child every day. 2. Ask the school principal whether the drinking water has been…

Private Water Wells

If your family gets drinking water from a private well, do you know if your water is safe to drink? What health risks could you and your family face? Where can you go for help or advice? The EPA regulates public water systems; it does not have the authority to regulate private drinking water wells.…