Acid Rain And Inspectors: Buildings At Risk

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Acid rain,” like “global warming,” is a phenomenon whose very existence is disputed by some. In fact, evidence of acid rain has been observed in industrialized cities around the world since the mid-1800s. “Acid rain” describes the mixture of wet and dry deposits from the atmosphere which contain high amounts of nitric and sulfuric acids that result from both natural and man-made emissions. Its effects on structures and homes are very real. Inspectors can learn more about acid rain and its destructive signs on metal and stone components of the exteriors of homes.        

Acid rain is formed when the chemical precursors of nitric and sulfuric acids — sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx), respectively — combine with natural sources of acidic particles, such as volcanoes and decaying vegetation. When this mixture reacts with oxygen, water and other chemicals (including pollutants such as carbon dioxide), the result is acid rain, which can be carried by rain, and even snow, frost, fog and mist, which, in turn, runs off into soil and groundwater.stone statue

According to the EPA, about two-thirds of all SO2 and one-quarter of the NOx emissions in the atmosphere in the U.S. result from power plants that burn fossil fuels (primarily coal), as well as vehicles and agricultural equipment that rely on gasoline.

It is fair to say that any industrialized region with power plants that burn fossil fuels will show some wear on its surrounding structures from acid rain. But buildings in arid regions are at greater risk because of dry deposition, in which acidic pollutants are present in gases, smoke and dust, which tend to stick to buildings, cars and other structures. When it rains or snows, the subsequent wet deposition of nitric and sulfuric acids becomes even more acidic, which then washes into the soil and aquifers.

The more obvious impacts of acid rain can be seen on particular types of stone, such as limestone and marble buildings, monuments, statues and headstones. The weathering pits and canyons can obliterate the lettering and features of such structures to a brutal degree, depending on the type of stone and other environmental conditions.

Acid rain can also corrode bronze and other metals, such as nickel, zinc, copper, and carbon-steel, as evidenced by streaks and discoloration on bridges and other metal structures, such as many commercial buildings.

Not all buildings or structures suffer the effects of acid rain. How big of a threat it is can be determined by the chemical makeup and interactions of a building’s materials. Limestone and marble, which, historically, were used widely because of their availability and workability by artisans, are especially susceptible because they are composed of calcite, or calcium carbonate, which acidic chemicals can dissolve easily. To observe this first-hand, drop a piece of blackboard chalk into a glass of vinegar. Drop another piece of chalk into a glass of water. The next morning, you’ll see the alarming difference.

Modern buildings tend to use granite, which is composed of silicate minerals, such as quartz and feldspar. Silicate minerals resist acidic attacks from the atmosphere. Sandstone, another silica material, is also resistant. Stainless steel and aluminum tend to hold up better. But all minerals, including those found in paint and road overlay, are affected, to some degree.roman ruin

Because of the switchover in the use of certain building materials in the post-Industrial Era, historic buildings, more so than modern ones, tend to show the destructive outcome of acid rain since we first began burning fossil fuels for energy. London’s Westminster Abbey, the Colosseum in Rome, and India’s Taj Mahal all show signs of degradation brought on by atmospheric nitric and sulfuric acids.

Plant life and wildlife are also affected. The pH — or alkalinity and acidity — of lake water, for example, tends to re-stabilize and maintain equilibrium when contaminated by acid rain. However, soil and trees can become irreparably harmed when their pH is disturbed to the extent that their natural abilities to compensate for chemical fluctuations in the environment are thwarted. Soil contains naturally occurring mercury and aluminum, which are normally poisonous for plant life. But plants can survive when the nutrient base of the soil remains healthy, giving them a strong buffering capacity. Acid rain, however, destroys the environmental balance, and these naturally occurring chemical threats suddenly become fatal. The plants’ “immune systems,” made stronger by the surrounding soil, become compromised. The plants and trees may die a slow death due to nutrient starvation, oxygen deprivation, injured leaves that cannot recover, and/or their bark will become damaged and vulnerable to mold, fungi and wood-destroying insects.

When the environment is under continual attack by the deadly effects of acid rain, the odds of survival for other resident plant, animal and insect species diminish as the ecosystem is thrown out of its natural balance.

On the flipside, NASA researchers recently discovered that one species of swampland bacteria’s ability to produce methane — a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming — is actually inhibited by acid rain.

The EPA’s Acid Rain Program got underway in 1995 (after being enacted by Congress in 1990), which continues to seek to reduce SO2 and NOx emissions to below 1980 pollution levels. The program originally targeted coal-burning electricity plants, and has expanded to include other types of industry that burn coal, oil and gas, too. While the EPA touts some success in bringing down some polluters’ output by 40%, critics charge that because the program permits emission “allowance trading” among its participants, the larger industrial polluters simply pay the $2,000-per-ton fine for exceeding SO2 and NOx limits. The EPA, however, has embraced a market-friendly approach while shooting for overall target reductions.leaves

The primary problem with acid rain, of course, is that there is no way to contain it. It blows with the wind and is captured and carried by localized weather systems. Although the deterioration which acid rain causes may be slow, it is persistent. And until we shift our reliance on fossil fuels by using various types of green energy (wind, solar, etc.), we will continue to witness the destructive consequences in all aspects of our environment, both natural and man-made, for decades to come.

Homeowners can mitigate the environmental effects of acid rain by modifying their purchasing and traveling habits, and by using building materials that are better able to withstand the corrosive effects of this modern scourge. Inspectors can become more familiar with the problems posed by acid rain by investigating the types of building materials used, and by contacting their local EPA representative for up-to-date statistics on pollution levels for their specific area.

Get your home inspected for wear and tear that may have been caused by acid rain or other environmental causes such as wind or flood damage.

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10 Uniquely Nashville Things to Do in Music City

10 Things To Do In Nashville This Fall.

We invite you to experience for yourself what makes Nashville special during the Fall months. It’s a city that resonates with life and vibrates to the beat of every kind of song. It’s a town that sizzles with American music, Southern hospitality, unbelievable cuisine and a boundless spectrum of nightlife. Come join us and together we will keep the music playing! Also, make sure to check out what new things Nashville has to offer while listening to the “Fall Americana Playlist” and plan your trip to Music City!

Country Music Hall Of Fame

 

Hit The Hall

Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This isn’t just a museum; it’s an experience with something for everyone. Rhinestone costumes, seasoned instruments, and tear-stained lyric sheets are only the beginning, as the mu- seum is home to the largest collection of country music ar- tifacts in the world. Don’t miss the Music City Walk of Fame across the street in Walk of Fame Park where music celebrities who lived, worked and played in Nashville are commemorated with sidewalk stars.

Ride The Row

Take a tour of Music Row and visit historic RCA Studio B, the famous recording studio where Elvis recorded over 200 songs. Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold and many more recorded classic hits here. Not surprisingly, the heartbeat of Music City is driven by music—from country to classical.

Visit The Home Of The Greek GodsNashville's Centennial Park

In Nashville’s Centennial Park, you’ll find the world’s only full-scale reproduction of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The Parthenon houses an art gallery and museum as well as Alan LeQuire’s Athena Parthenos. Standing at almost 42 feet in height, Athena is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world.

Take In A Songwriters-In- the-Round Show

One of the most unique ways to hear music in Nashville is at a songwriters show. Typically called a “writers night”, songwriters are put somewhere where they are not used to being – in the spotlight. Several singer/songwriters will play ‘in-the round’ as they sit on stage accompanied only by a microphone, a guitar and their immense talent. These shows can be found in small, intimate clubs all over town, including The Listening Room Café downtown and the famous Bluebird Cafe.

Get Artsy

Nashville’s art scene is booming with art gal- leries, festivals, art crawls and more. October is “Artober” in Nashville as the city celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of our artistic community throughout the entire month. From visual and performing arts to music, crafts, film and more, art is everywhere and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to head over to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the downtown art galleries, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the First Saturday Art Crawl, Fall Craft Fair and more.

Nashville’s Newest Sounds

Honoring musicians from stars to studio players that represent all genres of music, the new Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is housed in the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. From Hank Williams, Sr. to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Motown to Southern Rock – there is truly something of interest to everyone. Pay homage to the Man in Black at the Johnny Cash Museum located on 3rd Avenue. Featuring the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world, this is THE Cash venue to visit for all ages.

Take A Timeless Journey

The Ryman Auditorium, also called the “Mother Church of Country Music,” has had artists as diverse as Jon Bon Jovi and Johnny Cash perform on its legendary stage since 1892. You can take a backstage tour and record your own song in the Ryman recording studio. The stars of the Grand Ole Opry perform every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night (at the Ryman Auditorium November-January; at the Grand Ole Opry House February-October) with guest appearances by the biggest names in music. With 89 years under its belt, it’s the world’s longest-running radio broadcast and shows no signs of slowing down.Ryman Auditorium

Salute

Three U.S. Presidents called Tennessee home – Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson. You can revisit the past at The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson. Polk is buried on the grounds of the historic State Capitol building.

Visit Honky Tonk Highway

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Legends Corner, Second Fiddle, The Stage, Bluegrass Inn and Robert’s Western World are all experts at serving up cool longnecks and hot country music. You never know who you’ll see in these Lower Broadway clubs in the shadow of the Ryman. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Gretchen Wilson, Dierks Bentley and other stars began their careers on Lower Broad.

Special Events

Handmade crafts, music festivals, Tennessee Titans football, Nashville Predators hockey, beer festivals, and a variety of college football are all on Nashville’s fall calendar. Music takes center stage with events like the Americana Music Festival, Full Moon Pickin’ Parties, Live on the Green, and Musicians Corner. The Music City Food + Wine Festival combines music, wine, and food for two days in September. In early November, “Country Music’s Biggest Night” comes to Nashville during the Country Music Association Awards.

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Get The Property Inspected Before You Buy It

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Combined… our clients have saved millions of dollars on costly repairs because they made the decision to have the property inspected before buying it. Getting an analysis of the property from a neutral, professional 3rd party home inspector allows you to identify non-functioning systems, damaged building components, safety issues and/or poor quality installations.

Having this information before you purchase can put you in a better position to negotiate pricing and repairs, or perhaps you may opt to walk away altogether.

Don’t Take My Word — See For Yourself!
(Please note: The photos you’re about to see are from actual homes our inspectors have inspected in the local Hendersonville, Tennessee area. Having your “friendly Uncle, or your favorite cousin looking at the house” on your behalf is not a good idea. Our Professional Home Inspectors are trained and experienced in finding the issues that might threaten your safety, health and financial welfare.)

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Soil Stack (Sewage Line) Has Not Been Connected

Photo  – The soil stack (sewage line) has not been connected and sewage has been dumping into the crawlspace. This is a health concern. This line needs to be connected and the sewage cleaned out of the crawlspace.

Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Photo  – The hot water heater and furnance vent pipe has a hole the size of a baseball. This is letting carbon monoxide into the home and that is dangerous. This vent pipe needs to be replaced.

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Duct Work Has Come Loose From The Vent

Photo – The duct work has come loose from the vent and the air is leaking into the crawlspace. This room in not getting the AC or Heat that it needs. This needs to be fixed so the air reaches inside the home.

Hopefully by now You Realize Why It’s Important You Get an Inspection, and Why It’s Important You Hire Someone With Experience. A Quality Home Inspector Can Save You a Fortune, and Quite Possibly Your LIFE!

I realize you have many choices when it comes to hiring an inspector, and that is why I would like to explain to you why I am your best choice.

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As your hired professional, my job is to search and find defects or areas of conern, and report those findings back to you. We report our findings in a way so you’ll understand the implications, and we’ll also direct you as necessary to a corrective resolution. Our reports are computer generated, with color digital photographs and arrows so that you can quickly identify areas of concern outlined in the report. After you review your report, you will feel confident that I was thorough and had your best interest in mind.

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How Safe Is Your Home From Radon Gas?

Your Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you the importance of getting your home tested for radon.
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WHAT IS RADON GAS?

Radon is a radioactive gas that is produced from uranium in rocks and soil.  It can reach high levels under your home and enter through cracks in your foundation, walls, well water etc.

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH RISKS OF RADON?Radon gas illustration by discovery inspections in atlanta, georgia

Radon gas can contaminate the air in your home. The gas is breathed in, entering and releasing radiation into your lungs. The radiation damages the cells that line your lungs and can make you susceptible to acquiring lung cancer. Your exposure risk depends on the levels of radon and the time spent in your home.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates 1 out of 15 homes in the united States, approximately 7 million homes have high radon levels. Radon is thought to cause an average of 21,000 deaths a year.

Radon is thought to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers and the leading cause for nonsmokers.

 

Radon gas can’t be seen or smelled, the only way to know if it’s in your home is to test for it.

Do not purchase your next home without getting it tested for radon gas.  Get your inspection today!

 

rp_Jeremy-Picture-300x225.jpgJeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.

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What You Need To Know About Mold Exposure…

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And Why You Should Get A Mold Inspection.

Your Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you what you need to know about mold exposure and why you should get a mold inspection.

 What are molds?

A mold is a fungus that can be found indoors as well as outdoors. It is not known how many different types of fungi exist, but it is in the tens of thousands or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, areas, and spread by making spores. Mold spores can live in very harsh conditions, and are extremely difficult to eradicate.

Possible health problems and symptoms caused by molds are:

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  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Blurred Vision
  • Chronic cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Infections in the lungs
  • Respitory issues
  • Nasal and sinus congestion
  • Eye irritation
  • A host of life threatening diseases

Why Should you hire a mold inspector?

You will be unable to detect all of the molds that you have in your home.  Many molds can be hidden from your sight.  A professional mold inspector can find the different molds and is able to determine if the mold in your home exceeds normal levels. If the amount of molds exceed the normal levels, they will be able to tell you how to get it removed safely.

Mold is very dangerous and it is important to recognize mold problems before buying your new home.

Get a mold inspection today!

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Jeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.


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New Move In Checklist

Your Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, would like to share with you a checklist for moving into your new home.

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Moving to a new house can be a hectic time for the whole family. There are so many details to think about that some can be easily overlooked. Unpacking is not the only thing you should worry about. The things you need to do can range from taking care of your finances to installing fire extinguisher cabinets. Organization is the key in making the whole process of unpacking and getting ready for your new home easier. With this in mind, here is a helpful checklist you can use after moving to your new place.

Install New Locks – The first thing you have to do is to install new locks. Since you are new to the building or area, you still probably have no idea who has a copy of your current keys. This will ensure that no one can get inside the house except you and your family.

Inspect Your Appliances – Inspect and make sure all your appliances are not damaged during the move. Some insurance policies have limited time in which to make a claim. If there is damage, report it immediately.

Lock Up Your Important Documents – Important documents and receipts related to your move should be placed in a safe and locked drawer. Save all receipts of the money spent on the moving process, the permanent improvements and damages that were fixed so you can use these for tax deduction purposes later on.check list 2

Check House For Damages – Check the house for any damage and have preventive maintenance as early as possible.

Register Children In New School – Find and register your children into their new schools. The sooner your children will get used to a regular routine, the easier it is for them to settle in your new place.

Set Up Emergency Storage – Have an emergency storage close to your house exit. Keep all poisons, medicines, and other dangerous substances away from children and kept in child-proof cabinets.  Flashlight, matches, batteries and candles should not be placed within children’s reach. Place it in a top drawer with a lock.

Check In With Your Insurance Company – Keep in touch with insurance companies including household, health and automobiles. Check if you are currently covered or if you need to create new policies with a new company. This is important especially if you are moving to a new state.

Take Care Of Finances – Take care of your finances by opening up new bank accounts.

Change Your Postal Address – Inform your old residence or post office of your change of address so that your mails will be forwarded to your new place.

Install Smoke Detectors Etc. – Have smoke and fire alarms installed inside your new house. If there are old ones already installed, check if it is still functioning properly and change batteries. Purchase fire extinguishers for your kitchen and garage. Have them placed in fire extinguisher cabinets to keep them from being damaged.

Get Doctor Referrals And Copies Of Your Old Records Sent – Ask your doctors and dentist for referrals in your new town and have a copy of your old records.

After you are settled in to your new home and followed this checklist, you should introduce yourself to your new neighbors. In no time you and your family will feel adjusted to your new place and enjoy bonding with your new neighbors and friends.

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Jeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.


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Foreclosure Inspections: Trust Your Gut

Your Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you foreclosure inspections: trust your gut

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Article by Nick Gromicko and Kate Tarasenko
So, you want to buy a house cheap, and you look to the foreclosure market. Considering the over-abundance of these properties and just how little many of them are going for, it’s tempting to buy up. And it may pay off as a long-term investment. But, like any other major purchase, you should know as much as you can about a property before you buy it, which is why home inspections, are necessary.

Unfortunately, many real estate agents, who don’t like bargaining with banks, are advising clients that home inspections are of no value as a bargaining tool, since banks don’t negotiate on “as is” properties. As an added disincentive, banks selling properties “as is” have no legal responsibility for any lurking defects. While the agent’s advice to forgo an inspection as a means to negotiate on the price may be logical, it is startlingly counter-intuitive, and possibly even negligent. Would you buy a car without knowing whether it has a transmission? The same premise holds true for a house, regardless of whether you intend to live in it, or fix it and flip it. The Realtor may be trying to salvage a deal that could possibly be scrapped if an inspector uncovers damage that the bank is unwilling to pay for, and you, as the buyer, have to realize that the agent’s advice is not in your best interest. In this case, they’re putting you at risk in order to ensure they get their commission.roof inspection

Any Realtor advising against an inspection on a foreclosure (or neglecting to recommend that one be performed) is ignoring the likelihood that, long before the previous owners stopped making mortgage payments, they deferred required maintenance tasks. Moisture intrusion leading to leaks and mold are just a few of the major problems commonly found by inspectors in foreclosed properties. Tales abound of bizarre discoveries in abandoned properties, from wild boars to colossal bees nests. Former owners may loot their own properties, taking with them anything they can pry up or unscrew, and leave behind trash and junk that you have to pay for to have removed.

There are also stories of foreclosed properties that have been intentionally vandalized by their former owners in acts of retaliation against their banks. In one infamous case in early 2010, an Ohioan bulldozed his $250,000 home after the IRS placed liens on his carpet store, and then threatened to take his house. The damage done by the owner was apparent, but there are probably less extreme situations where the damage isn’t as obvious, making a home inspection of utmost priority.

You should always get a home inspection before buying a property, especially when you’re buying a bank-owned foreclosure. In such cases, it may be impossible to find out how well the home was cared for, or whether major damage was done right before the past owners left the property. Ask the bank how much time you have after your initial offer to have an inspection performed, and schedule one immediately. If it goes well, you’ll enter into the deal with peace of mind and a better idea of what repairs you’ll have to deal with. That alone is worth the price of an inspection. If the inspection reveals a costly disaster, you can back out of the deal and save tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.  

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nashville, tennessee home inspector jeremy martin owner of all-pro home inspectionsJeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.

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