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Christmas Tree and Holiday Lighting

GFCI safety.

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Lead Paint

Lead Paint poisoning is a subject to consider for older homes.

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Lead Paint

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Lead Paint

First I would like to take this time to let everyone know its been awhile since our last blog. We have opened new office and just about settled. So this weeks blog is about Lead Paint Inspections and Testing.

If you are buying, selling or living in a home that was constructed prior 1978, you may have lead paint on the structures of the home. Now having lead paint can be safe, as long as its contained, not chipping, peeling, cracking or flaking. Lead Paint was used in the 60-70’s for homes. The EPA had banned the paint in 1978 due to home owners getting poisoned by the paint and dust.

During the 1980’s and 90’s alot of companies where abating lead paint and would cost thousands. Then thru regulation and technology, some where encapping the surface with a drywall overlay, wrapping window ledges and wood areas. This worked for awhile. But the major issue as anything is its still there. So, as time went by more technology came about for testing and some common sense from government.

A home can be lead paint safe. Now you may ask, how? Well, first the walls maybe aged and that the new paint has several layers over the lead paint. Some areas maybe be encapped to rid of the flaking of the paint.

An inspector can inspect the home and perform a sample test for lead paint. We at Emerald Inspection Service, LLC will perform the test and send to the lab along with any government agency. The results are certified by professional labratory. If you do have lead paint, the test will show. From there we can assist with a plan make the home better and safer.

To learn more about lead paint the link for the EPA is below. And of course you can contact us anytime. 352-322-2700 (Florida) or 410-852-6663 (Maryland) or our websites at; or

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Appliance Inspections

An appliance inspection for your home prior to the holiday season is an economical way to ensure yourself that there will be no hiccups while preparing your holiday dishes.

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Floor Inspections and Consulting

A national certified floor consultant will be your expert in identifying any flaws in a floor product and install.

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Floor Inspections and Consulting

This weeks blog is about floor inspections and what a flooring consultant does. There is a difference between a floor inspector and a floor consultant. They both perform similar activities and this blog will educate on the difference.

So lets begin with a floor inspection. We all have or had carpet, tile, laminate and hardwood floor products installed in our home. Carpet there is many types of manufactures but are made with similarities’. Laminate flooring has gotten popular over the years and is easy to maintain. Just as such as pre-finished wood products. Of course we are all used to the hardwood floors from grandma back in the day. However, you may not know that products being mass produced may have flaws in the product and may not be caught by quality control from the manufacture. So what happens if there are flaws in the product. What happens to the consumer that if there is an installation issue. And believe it or not there is tolerances and variances allowed by ANSI. With all that you may think, is it worth the hassles.

Well first there are tolerances and variances that is acceptable from ANSI. However, these are so small or unknown that the product to the naked eye will not show. Just like a carpenter installing crown molding. There maybe slight uneven-ness but a true tradesman will not let it show. The same goes with floor products. However, a lot of times there are issues with a product and installation. On the installation of a product any consumer knows if its a good install or bad. They may have questions and not know everything about the product and rely on the installer to further educate them. But remember as a consumer if you are not happy with the job, tell the crew to stop. Whether its the performance of the install or the product itself. You may see flaws of a product and not happy with it. If this is the case a floor inspector or consultant will help with this problem.

An inspector or consultant is trained to perform inspections of this nature. This type of inspection is not the same as a home inspector. This type of person is probably certified from an agency. I, George K. Swatzbaugh III, am Nationally Certified thru IFCI. The inspector will come out to the job site and search for deficiencies in the product. However, there is a great deal of research in this inspection. The inspector has to know the tolerances of the product. Also, has an understanding of how the product is installed. Additionally, their report writing tells a story to anyone from start to finish on the where the product is installed and what the deficiencies are. Lastly, the floor product maybe within standards but the installer did not perform the install correctly.  Or there maybe a issue of the product and has to report it back to the manufacture.

The difference between the floor inspector and a floor consultant is similar. They both perform the same work. However, the inspector will have a commissioning agent who they report back too. A floor consultant will work directly for the end user or known as the home owner. Both titles mean just about the same. A certified inspector or consultant will be able to be an expert witness if need be.

For more information about this topic, go to or call us anytime at 352-322-2700. We will perform inspections of this type nationally. However, we typically stay in the Tampa, Lakeland, Ocala and Clearwater Florida areas.

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Allergens & Autumn

Air quality testing can be performed for homes and offices and lab results are rather quickly.

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Allergens & Autumn

Allergy, allergen, dust,

This weeks blog is about the change of the season coming up and allergies. Here in Florida we do get a bit lucky, with the change of the season. Floridians, get to open the windows and get away from air conditioning mode.  However, we can still suffer from allergies.

With the change of the season to Autumn, we are doing outside work in the yard, and that fall cleaning. Now is a good time, to replace the furnace filter but go one step further and have your ducts cleaned by a professional duct cleaner. Also, do that complete dusting around the house which could lead to allergens.

If you feel like for some reason you are sneezing and wheezing more, then you should have air samples taken to see what pollutants are in the air and duct work. We can provide that type of service. For more information on air quality and our tests, please contact us anytime. 352-322-2700 or

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