By Connie LeGrand
    Anchor News Channel 7
    Published: May 26, 2009

    Child Home Danger

    The net around the family trampoline is just one of the safety features which are a part of Sonya Skidmore’s home. Skidmore says, “25-year-olds don’t usually worry about the things that older moms do.” That’s one of the reasons she says she founded Safe Homes for Safe Kids.

    A mother of two, Skidmore has taken all of the precautions she can in her home, but when they visit Grandpa’s house, she knows there are danger zones. She worries about the non-vented gas logs which can pose a carbon monoxide risk, narrow, steep stairs and railings in which the spindles are less than 3 ½ inches a part. A child can get his or her head or limbs stuck between them.

    Another new hazard of recent concern: “Potting soil is a huge issue and it’s a brand new issue for us at Safe Homes for safe Kids; but it’s something that we’ve identified this year that if it gets on the face or into the eyes, because of the pesticides, and the fertilizers that are in the potting soil can be very dangerous to children.“

    Both Sonya and her dad says fitness equipment should be kept in a room away from the kids, because of the moving parts, cords and sheer weight of equipment involved, so that curiosity doesn’t put small fingers and hands in harms way.

    Safe Homes for Safe Kids has an easy and fun way for you and your family to scope out potential dangers in the home. You go to this interactive website to go inside a home and click on potential dangers in each room of your home: http://www.safehomesforsafekids.org/homesafe.htm


    Advantage Inspection Raleigh Receives 2009 Best of Raleigh Award

    WASHINGTON D.C., May 20, 2009 — For the second consecutive year, Advantage Inspection Raleigh has been selected for the 2009 Best of Raleigh Award in the Real Estate Inspection category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA).

    The USLBA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

    Nationwide, only 1 in 70 (1.4%) 2008 Award recipients qualified as 2009 Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USLBA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.

    About U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA)

    U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USLBA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

    The USLBA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

    SOURCE: U.S. Local Business Association
    CONTACT: U.S. Local Business Association
    Email: PublicRelations@USLocalBusinessAssociation.com
    URL: http://www.USLocalBusinessAssociation.com

    Advantage Inspection Raleigh
    E-mail: davepark@adrdu.com
    Website: http://www.adrdu.com

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    In the 1970’s “Made in America” was all the rage in the world.  In the 1980’s “Made in Japan” was the hit of the decade.  1990’s was the bigger the better decade and the 2000’s were the decade of the Dragon.  The Red Dragon.  Yes Walmart, Apple and Talking Elmo had already brought in a sea of red to America.  Next was to come construction materials.  And boy did they come.  They came in ship by ship, box car by box car and 18 wheelers by 18 wheelers. 


    Most materials used in remodeling and construction are made in America, but with the building boom earlier this decade, hurricanes Wilma & Katrina along with the midwest flooding came a shortage of building materials. 


    Enter the Dragon!


    The Dragon brought in drywall that has a problem, bad breath (sulfur gasses).  This sulfur emission can be found in many ways.  The easiest I have found is to inspect the electrical wiring by removing the face place and retaining screws from the outlet and gently/carefully pulling out the outlet and looking at exposed copper (as on the ground wire).  Normally this should remain copper colored, even when aged, like a penny.  If it appears black, it’s a preliminary indicator that something might be amiss.


    Here are a couple of other things to know:


    1.  This problem has been idenified in homes built between 2004 and 2007.

    2.  Knauf brand drywall is now at the center of several lawsuits, but they were not the only ones to deliver the product.

    3.  Sulfur gases smell like “rotten eggs”.  You will know it when you smell it.

    4.  The Air Conditioning unit is a place where you can see the coils (inside the panel).  A greenish tinge is normal, but black is a sign of trouble.

    5.  Black looking soot on the plugs of your washer and dryer is also an indicator.

    6.  If you can find an unfinished spot in your basement or attic, you may be able to see the brand or stamp where the drywall was made or manufactured.

    7.  Major home improvement chains like Home Depot and Lowes say they never sold Chinese drywall.  In most cases it was sold in bulk to national builders. 


    One last note, don’t go looking to your homeowners insurance or your home warrnty provider to cover this problem.  Your  policy will not cover a this product defect.


    Don’t get caught up in the Red Dragon’s Ying & Yang.  At Advantage Inspection we have been trained to look for these indicators and we  provide this service with every home we inspect.  Professional, Licensed and Insured, we provide “Peace of Mind” and that is your Advantage! 

    Leigh Carsen, a legal expert in Real Estate transactions states “the right inspector will be experienced, meticulous, plainspoken and ideally have a proven track record in your area.” Ask your agent for a recommendation or check for local members of the North Carolina Licensed Home Inspectors Association (www.NCLHIA.org) or the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (www.nachi.org).


    Maverick Rules!


    Advantage Inspection Raleigh performs the Nation’s Best Home Inspection and provides the Nation’s Only “No Denied Claims Warranty” available in the industry. 


    For the last 18 years, Advantage Inspection has been the deciding factor for the people we serve:  Buyers, Sellers, Real Estate Agents and Home Inspectors.  Advantage Inspection Raleigh serves Raleigh, Durham and the Triangle area. 


    Advantage Inspection Raleigh

    more than just an inspection company!”



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