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Smoke Detector Testing & Maintenance
I suggest replacing smoke detectors at least every 5 to 7 years, as their sensors will usually begin failing after that period (even though their alarms will continue to sound when their test buttons are pressed).
  Smoke detectors may be periodically checked for response to actual smoke by homeowners. (Try using a short candle at the bottom of a tall glass jar. The candle will tend to produce a lot of smoke due to lack of oxygen, and the jar will keep hot wax off hands and carpeting. However, if such testing is done too frequently, the smoke may prematurely coat the sensors with a film that could block their sensitivity.)
  I also suggest the installation of carbon monoxide detectors to protect all sleeping areas whenever combustion appliances are present in the home.



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... and get even greater peace of mind.

Even the most “pristine” or “upscale” areas can have environmental issues affecting health and home values. An EDR Neighborhood Environmental Report™ helps ensure that there are no surprises. This report searches for records of contamination from common occurrences such as:

  • Leaking underground fuel or gas tanks that can contaminate soil and groundwater
  • Homes formerly used as “Meth” labs, where residual chemicals can cause illness
  • Contamination from nearby industrial sites, farms, or accidental toxic spills
  • EPA’s top clean-up priority properties

Many residential properties and neighborhoods are clean. To be sure that yours is – and ensure your property’s future value - order the EDR Neighborhood Environmental Report with your home inspection

Contaminants found in homes (such as lead-based paint, mold, and radon) pose known health risks and are routinely evaluated by home inspectors and other professionals. However additional threats due to pollution outside the home and neighboring properties from sources such as groundwater and soil contamination are often just as hazardous and are rightfully gaining increased attention with respect to residential real estate.

Similar environmental information has been gathered by EDR regarding commercial properties for many years and incorporated into reports costing from $1,200 and up. But now, we can make the most pertinent information available to residential buyers for only $150.

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