Archive for May, 2016

The Importance of Water Quality Testing This Summer

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 | No Comments

Water quality testing keeps your family safe.Water quality testing on an annual basis or when purchasing a new home prevents unnecessary health risks to you and your family. While the United States has one of the safest and healthiest water supplies in the world, there’s still a chance of contamination. The only way to be sure of the water being delivered to your home is through water quality testing by professionals. Even if you have a water test kit, it’s not something you can figure out on your own. There are contaminants that may escape the detection of anyone who isn’t trained in what to look for and where.

 

Is water quality testing regulated?

Yes. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates your tap water so that it is safe to drink and use. They create rules for proper water treatment and the maximum contaminant levels of different elements that can safely exist in a public water supply without posing a risk.

 

Companies like Inspect-It 1st utilize the rules and regulations set up by the EPA to ensure public safety. Through a combination of specialized equipment and experience, inspectors test your home’s water directly and determine if anything needs to be fixed in order to maintain a safe and sanitary water supply.

 

What contaminants can water quality testing detect?

There are standards and regulations for over 90 different types of water contaminants, including Salmonella, E. Coli, and disinfectant by-products. In some cases, the presence of a contaminant may make the water unsafe to drink. In other cases, only a very high level of a contaminant will cause concern.

The contaminants come from a variety of places or land conditions. Here are a few common sources for the contaminants detected by water quality testing:

  • Manufacturing processes nearby can pollute the groundwater with heavy metals or cyanide.
  • Sewage systems may malfunction or seep into the incoming water supply.
  • Local land use practices (fertilization, pesticides, livestock) can contaminate local water sources.

Why is water quality testing so important?

While the presence of certain naturally occurring chemicals or minerals may not pose an imminent threat, other contaminants can be seriously hazardous to your family’s health. Health issues from unclean water include reproductive problems, neurological conditions, and gastrointestinal illness. Infants, pregnant women, and the elderly may have a particularly high risk for these health conditions.

If you suspect your home water to be compromised or want to ensure that the water in a new house is safe, Inspect-It 1st. Water quality testing keeps your family safe and allows your mind to be at ease in your new home! Find an inspector near you today.

Home Fire Safety Tips and Preparation

Posted on: May 5th, 2016 | No Comments

Home fire safety is practiced at a grill.Since May is National Barbecue Month, now is the time to brush up on your home fire safety knowledge. As you roll out the grill and invite neighbors over for a backyard cookout, a fire accident is probably the last thing on your mind. The summer has arrived, and it’s time to enjoy it! But stepping into the situation without concern for home fire safety or any preparation could lead to disaster. Whereas, if you have gone through the necessary preparations, you’ll be better equipped to handle whatever happens.

So to give you and your family peace of mind this summer, consider these six home fire safety tips pertaining to grilling:

  1. Give Your Grill Space – Rain or shine, your grill should never be positioned beneath an overhanging tree, awning, etc. In addition, it’s best to have at least two feet of cleared space around the grill on all sides. That means you should keep it away from wooden railings and house siding, too.
  2. Assess Your Equipment – Before your first barbecue of the season, check for a rusty tank, cracked hose, or corroded couplings. Each of these would send out dangerous fumes that could lead to a yard or house fire.
  3. Kindle a Dead Flame – If your flame is dying, avoid using lighter fluid to revive it. Instead, opt for kindling. This home fire safety tip will help you keep the fire within your control.
  4. Be Vigilant – Don’t leave your grill cooking unattended, even for a few minutes. Keeping an eye on it allows you to shut the lid and suffocate the fire if anything seems awry.
  5. Proper Ash Dispersal – Ashes should be removed after each use and dumped into a bucket full of water. Make sure the bucket is metal. After a day has passed, bury the watery ashes in the yard.
  6. Extinguisher at the Ready – Knowing where you have a fire extinguisher in the house isn’t sufficient if the grill were to flame up. The minutes spent fetching it could mean the difference in salvaging your yard, deck, or entire house. It’s important to instead keep the extinguisher outside and ready in case of a problem.

Following these six home fire safety tips for grilling is a good foundation for a safe summer home. Another measure you can take in fire preparation is to inventory your belongings.  Normal household spring cleaning is the opportune time to create a log by taking photographs. The photos should be stored online or away from the house. If fire, flood, or theft occurs, they can then be used to calculate the loss for insurance purposes. You can also use the log as a visual reference for things you’ll need to replace.

For further home fire safety improvements, consider an electrical inspection from Inspect-It 1st.

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