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    Today’s Acronymns
    Yahoo – You Always Have Other Options!

    In this time of economic crisis, the only thing we have to fear is … acronyms, suggests Louise Radnofsky in the Wall Street Journal . The idea that there is not a government program that can’t be distilled into a bunch of letters was popularized, of course, by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, or FDR.

    Not to be outdone, the Obama Administration introduced the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, or RAT, intended to sniff out “waste, fraud and abuse in the $787 billion bailout plan.”

    Then there is SNAP which stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or what used to be known as food stamps.   Next came TIGER, the acronym of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, and is supposed to “make sure that recovery money is made available fast.”

    Then there’s the Leaking Underground Storage Tank trust (you figure it out!).

    I am not making this up.

    The Department of Commerce believes the acronyms are intended to strengthen direct communication with the American people.

    What do you think?

    What acronyms do you use that your client doesn’t understand and is afraid to ask?  Do you use the “new speak”?  Are your words and sentences filled with abbreviations and your descriptions characterized using acronyms?

    Take the time to expand on each acronym that you use.  HVAC,  PVC,  HWH,  DW,  MW,  T-Stat, etc.  Your Cx will appreciate the DES and the INFO.  Take care of your Cx.  They hired you because you are the EXP.  You are the PhD and they are the STU.  If they FLK out so will U.

    Now Class, go mind your Inspection P’s & Q’s and be PDQ about it!

    Advantage Home Inspection Raleigh

    We  perform the Nation’s Best Home Inspection and provide the Nation’s Only “No Denied Claims Warranty” available in the industry. For the last 19 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.
     

    Dave Park 

    Advantage Home Inspection Raleigh
    more than just an inspection company!”
    www.adrdu.com

  • This is Advantage Home Inspections first ad that was designed right here in Raleigh. 

    The campaign for 2010 is “You Have a Choice!”
    The slogan is “Experience the Power of a Good Decision.”

    The ad ties in today’s complex time with teamwork and
    ends with competing on service instead of price.

    Advantage Home 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.
     

    Dave Park 

    Advantage Home Inspection Raleigh
    more than just an inspection company!”
    www.adrdu.com

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  • “Something in the air” takes on a whole new meaning today than that magic spring night in the 60’s or the Tom Petty song.  Mold, Fungi, Radon, Chinese Drywall and now PCBs.

    Polychlorinated biphenyls or PCB’s have been around since the 1940’s.  They where manmade chemicals that were widely used in construction materials and electrical products.  They were banned by Congress in 1976 because of a “concern” about their health and environmental effects. 

    The use and disposal of PCBs before the phase-out resulted in their widespread presence in our soil, air, water and food. Despite the federal ban, they remain present today in caulking and sealants used in the construction or renovation of older buildings before 1978.

    So why did the EPA announce guidance about this cancer causing chemical in September of 09?

    The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency “announced a series of steps that building owners and public school administrators should take to reduce exposure to PCBs that may be found in caulk in many buildings constructed or renovated between 1950 and 1978. 

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    Call out the instigator
    Because there’s something in the air
    We’ve got to get together sooner or later
    Because the revelution is here!
     
    . . .

    The press release acknowledged the growing amounts of evidence of levels of PCBs in caulk used in older buildings with discussion as to the health concerns related to this “banned” cancer causing chemical. 

    But, the press release seemed to be carefully crafted such that it did not use the words “must” or “shall” in their discussion for actions and related testing.

    Is this a serious issue? 

    Also the “EPA recommends testing peeling, brittle, cracking or deteriorating caulk for the presence of PCBs and removing the caulk if the PCBs are present at significant levels . . .”

    In referring to high air test levels, the EPA also stated that “building owners should be “especially vigilant” in implementing and monitoring ventilation and hygienic practices to minimize exposures . . . ”

    How are people exposed to PCBs?

    Though PCBs were banned from production in 1978, they still typically exist in low-levels in our environment.  They are in the food we eat, the air we breathe and in dirt and dust outside.  They build up in our bodies over many years.

    This long-term build-up of PCBs is what potentially causes harm. The levels of PCBs in our environment and in the bodies of people in this country have decreased significantly over time.

    So why all the fuss now?

    Food is a main source of exposure to PCBs. Fish (especially fish caught in polluted waters) contains small amounts of PCBs, as do meat and dairy products.

    Indoor air and dust may also be a significant source of PCB exposure from PCB-contaminated caulk, electrical products, other building materials or products that contain PCBs.

    What about caulk in single-family houses or other places? epa-1[1]

    EPA has found PCBs in large scale apartment complexes and public buildings. To date, EPA has not found PCBs in caulk in single-family houses.  They do note that generally air concentrations are below the public health exposure levels developed by EPA.

    Run through the fields and the houses
    Because there is something in the air
    We’ve got to get together sooner or later
    Because the Revolution is here!
    . . .

    - Tom Petty

     So where does this leave you?

    Unless you sleep with old caulk gun, lick your window sills or snort contaminated dust,  PCBs should not be a great concern.  On the other hand if you work or live in a room where window caulk is peeling and falling on the floor, call an inspector for testing and recommendations before you “break out” into a song . . . you heartbreaker you!

     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.
     

    Dave Park 

    Advantage Home Inspection Raleigh
    more than just an inspection company!”
    www.adrdu.com

    Full Press Release http://www.epa.gov/pcbsincaulk

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