Friday, April 30, 2010

Lead Paint Law Expands

April 22 2010, the EPA law on lead paint went into effect. That same say the law was expanded. Previously, you could opt out, now you cannot. So, as of about 60 days after April 22nd, you will not be able to opt out of the lead based pain laws.
What does this mean to you?

If your home was built before 1978, we have to test for lead paint. There is only 1 test available for testing. You can test all kinds of surfaces with it. But there is 1 problem, the test is not recommended for accuracy on walls. ???? EPA, are you serious? So, if you are doing work and connot verify if there is lead paint, you should assume that there IS. I personally have taken this course, and it is going to add about $80 per window to installs. Why do I not like this law?
1.) You cant test easily so in most cases you assume there is lead.
2.) Before you test a surface, you need to clean it. Why? You can bring in enough lead from dust from outside to make the test positive for lead, even if there is no lead.
3.) If the area has to be tested to show it was cleaned properly, it must be cleaned withing 1 hr of the job being completed. This is because, contamination from you will show excessive levels in about an hour.
4.) Plastic used to cover within 6 feet of the jobsite inside and 20 feet outside can not be reused. So, 20 FEET OF PLASTIC ON ALL SIDES OD THE HOUSE WHERE WORK IS DONE MUST BE THROW AWAY. Is this right? How much lead are we talking about. We are talking about 1 sugar packet worth of lead exceeds the safe level for a house. But outside there can be 50 times that much in the air.
5.) I am all for safety. Safety... not just money for the EPA to create fake jobs and not really help people.

Next year, they are proposing,..... All home be checked within 1 hour of cleaning a jobsite. Estimated cost to homeowner $700-3000 per job.

Thank you for your help EPA.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Grove City Takes A Big Hit

Grove City suffered from a terrible hail storm early this month that distroyed siding, roofing, and angered many residents as the quality of their homes construction came into question. It was sad to drive thru the affected areas ans see the damage to vinyl windows, vinyl siding and roofs in the area. Many residents learned about the cheap construction of their homes and many discovered little or on insulation protecting their homes.
The area was full of hundreds of contractors, many not with the BBB, and from out of state, piggybacking with local companies licenses and using local company names to get work. Be aware of who you hire.
There were, in some cases, hundreds of holes insiding on homes from the golf ball size hail that fell. If you need help with your insurance company, or they are giving you a hard time about repairs please do not hesitate to ask us for help.
You work hard for your home and you pay good money for th security of insurance, and you deserve to have your home back in the condition it was in before - or better.

Friday, April 9, 2010

New Laws Regarding Lead

As you may have heard, there are new laws going into effect April 22 that may increase the price of your windows and siding if your home was built before 1978. It is estimated that 25% of homes built between 1960-1978 will be affected. 70% of homes 1940-1960, and 90% before 1940 will be affected.

This could add up to $90 per window to the price of vinyl replacement windows and vinyl siding will also go up for affected homes.

The good news is that tax credit will help you get most or all of this back. We will keep you updated as we get more info. We are prepared for the coming changes and will continue to serve you with no lapse in service.