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Useful Links

Here are some helpful links that can direct you to additional information related to your home. Happy surfing!

Index
American Society of Home Inspectors: ASHI-National, ASHI-New England
Energy Savings: DSIRE, EnergyStar
Environmental: Radon Gas, EPA Radon Map, Mold, Lead Paint, Asbestos, Indoor Air Quality
Building Defects: CSST Gas Pipe , Product Recalls, Federal Pacific Electric Panels, Problem Drywall

Web References

ASHI: American Society of Home Inspectors

American Society of Home Inspectors: The main website of ASHI, founded in 1976 for professional home inspectors. Donald Bissex is an ASHI Certified Home Inspector.

American Society of Home Inspectors, New England Chapter: The regional chapter of ASHI, of which Mystic Home Inspection founder Donald Bissex is an active member and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

Energy Savings

DSIRE - Massachusetts Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency: DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

EnergyStar.gov: ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Environmental Issues

Radon Gas: Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in many parts of the United States including New England. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. (second only to smoking).

EPA Radon Zone Map For Massachusetts: This is an EPA interactive map of radon zones. It should be emphasized that just because you are in a RED zone does not mean you have high levels in a particular house. Radon testing is the only way to know for sure.

Mold: As our homes are getting less drafty to save energy, mold is becoming a bigger problem. EPA has many resources available.

Lead Paint: Lead was no longer put in paint back in 1978 but many older homes still have lead paint on various surfaces around the house. A key source of lead dust is during renovation projects.

Asbestos: Asbestos can be found in a variety of products found in the older home. These products include pipe and duct insulation, floor tiles, and insulation.

Indoor Air Quality: A good introduction to indoor air quality and some things you can do to improve the air in your home.

Building Defect Information

CSST Flexible Gas Pipe: Flexible Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) often used for modern gas installations needs to be bonded by a licensed electrician. Lightning strikes within a half-mile have been known to damage un-bonded tubing resulting in fires.

Product Recalls: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products.

Federal Pacific Electric Panels: Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok electric panels and circuit breakers are known to have latent electric shock and fire hazards.

Problerm Drywall: Problem drywall, sometimes called "Chinese Drywall," was used in in many buildings mostly in the years 2006-2007. Here is the website brought to you by the government agencies CDC, EPA, CPSC and HUD.

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