Home Inspection
Information From
Alban Home
Inspection Service

February  '04

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Weather Stripping
For Old and New

Weather-stripping a home to reduce cold-air infiltration and heat loss is an inexpensive and effective way to improve comfort and cut fuel bills. Most older homes and many newer ones will benefit from some new weather-stripping; even if the homes were previously weatherstripped. Old stripping materials sometimes deteriorate, losing effectiveness. A homeowner may find that weather-stripping installed a few years ago may have dried out, loosened, or lost its shape and decrease its performance.

Window and exterior doors are the main areas that can benefit from weather-stripping, but donít overlook big heat losers and sources of draft such as electrical outlets and switches on outside walls, loose attic hatches, and baseboards with gaps under them. Weather-stripping should not be confused with caulking, which is generally done from outside the home with a putty-like material that is forced into cracks and gaps. Caulking is an excellent companion procedure to weather-stripping. 
Weather-stripping is often done from inside
the home, and special materials made from foam, rubber, wood, plastic, or metal are used. The materials are sold at many home centers and hardware stores. 
Several materials are sometimes combined
to make special fittings, such as door sweeps to seal gaps at the bottoms of doors. These special fittings often have a piece of wood, metal, or plastic, plus a sealing strip of rubber or foam.


Other weather-stripping materials, including rolls of felt tape, are for general stripping, such as stuffing gaps under the baseboards.
A good first step is to check the home
thoroughly for air-infiltration points that need attention. Make notes or sketches so the correct materials can be bought to solve each problem. 
You can use several methods to check for
air-infiltration points. One of the simplest methods, best used on a cold, breezy day, is to wet the back of your hand and hold it close to suspected leaks, such as the perimeters of doors and windows. The wet skin easily detects incoming air.


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     Arthur S. Lazero

The ASHI Experience
The Alban Way 

At the annual convention of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico last month, ASHI announced a sensational new program entitled "The ASHI Experience." ASHI inspectors are committing to combine the highest quality technical expertise with a new emphasis on service to our clients. Alban has made service the key to our success for ten years, so it appears ASHI is now catching up with their inspectors. 
For its part, ASHI has developed a million dollar
public awareness campaign to make potential clients and Realtors aware that ASHI has the most stringent and detailed Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the various home inspection organizations. Since ASHI membership totals six times the next largest organization, ASHI sets the pace. As a result, all home inspectors will either raise their inspection standards to the ASHI levels or be left behind. 
The ASHI Experience
. ASHI has verbalized this through the following consumer contract: The home inspection client can count on the ASHI inspection to bring personalized, exceptional service and expert knowledge, enabling smart decisions and peace of mind in our clientís home buying experience. Superior technical knowledge combined with superior customer service defines the ASHI inspection experience. 
Well written, and Alban will provide
The ASHI Experience, with pre-inspection introductory calls to our clients, meaningful inspections, and postinspection availability. No group of home inspectors anywhere will surpass Alban as a service provider.






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