31 07, 2015

Are your electronics protected ? What is the difference ? (Surge Protector, Power Strip) ?

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What you should Know about protecting your electronics!

Surge protectors are an inexpensive way to protect your gear against random power spikes and surges damage. They’re not all the same. Here are a few tips before you start shopping.

With all of the electronics in the home today, it is essential to protect against power surges, spikes and brown outs. 

Lighting Strikes Home

But there are products that may not protect you equipment as expected. 

First, electronics devices are susceptible to any power surge or spiike, this is to say the if the voltage or current gets high enough it will damage the electronics connected.  The best way to reduce or eliminate the potential damage would be to use a UL rated Surge Protector. As an example, the Tripp-Lite AV810 

Surge
Trip-Lite AV810

can protect a variety of electronics included lighting strikes protection for Coax and Phone. This type of surge protector is rated in Joules that is to say the amount of energy the surge-protector will protect against.  The higher the number of joules the better… 

The next item is a Power-Bar or Power-Strip, This is not a surge protector

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woods Model # 0414068801 

 but rather a multi-plug outlet and offer almost zero projection against power surges or spikes, as an example the woods Model # 0414068801 has 0 joules protection and only offers additional outlets to plugin additional equipment. If you are using a Power strip to protect your equipment, you may want to change these out to surge protectors instead. 


There is one last surge protector that you might want check out… A whole home surge protector.  This type of protection protects all outlets in the home.  An example is the Leviton Model #51120-3R, while this type of device might be initially expensive it will replace the need to individual surge protectors thought the home. 

Whole House
Leviton Model #51120-3R

The Inside Difference 

A generic power strip (left) offers far less voltage diversion and suppression than surge protectors like the Panamax SP8-AV (right). The Panamax also has widely spaced outlets that accommodate power adapters without blocking adjacent outlets. Its right-angle plug lets you move furniture closer to the wall. And it comes with a $50,000 connected-equipment warranty.

Bottom Line

There really is no reason not to get a surge protector. How much you need it will vary. If you live in an area with lots of thunderstorms, your gear is probably more likely to experience power surges. Even if you live in the desert, your A/C or refrigerator could kick power spikes back down the lines to your A/V gear.
Since most surge protectors are cheap, they’re worth getting, just in case.
Thanks,
Perry Lombard, CPI
Richmond va Home Inspection
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16 07, 2015

Is Your House Trying To Kill You ?

2016-10-19T19:20:38-05:00July 16th, 2015|

Cause of Deaths in the U.S. 

Home inspectors are often asked by their clients if they should have their home tested for radon. Real-world loss-of-life comparisons help consumers decide about whether or not they should test. If you are worried about shark attacks, getting trampled by cows, or terrorism, you should be worried sick about radon. These statistics help put things in their proper perspective so that your clients can decide if they want a radon test or not.   InterNACHI

From the table below

 21,000 
 Lung Cancer from Radon Gas  U.S. EPA

 DEATHS PER YEAR
Number
Cause
Source
 611,105 
 Heart Disease
 Centers for Disease Control (2015)
 584,881 
 All Cancers
 Centers for Disease Control (2015)
 160,000 
 Smoking
 American Cancer Society (2004)
 88,000 
 Alcohol Use
 Centers for Disease Control (2015)
 51,783 
 Colon Cancer
 Centers for Disease Control (2015)
 40,290 
 Breast Cancer
 National Cancer Institute (2015)
 41,149 
 Suicide
 Centers for Disease Control (2014)
 32,719 
 Motor Vehicle Accidents
 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (2013)
 29,500 
 Falls
 National Safety Council (2013)
 22,767 
 Prescription Drug  Overdoses
 National Institute on Drug Abuse (2013)
 21,840 
 Leukemia
 U.S. EPA (2010)
 21,530 
 Lymphoma
 U.S. EPA (2010)
 21,000 
 Lung Cancer from Radon Gas
 U.S. EPA
16,121 
 Homicides
 Centers for Disease Control (2013)
 14,775 
 Illegal Drug Overdoses
 National Institute on Drug Abuse (2013)
 13,712 
 AIDS
 Centers for Disease Control (2012)
11,208 
 Firearm Homicides
 Centers for Disease Control (2013)
 8,257 
 Heroin Overdoses
 National Institute on Drug Abuse (2013)
 4,944 
 Cocaine Overdoses
 National Institute on Drug Abuse (2013)
 3,880 
 Drowning
 Centers for Disease Control (avg. 2005-2009)
 3,005 
 Fires
 U.S. Fire Administration (2011)
 3,000 
 Secondhand Smoke
 U.S. EPA
 2,500 
 Choking
 National Safety Council (2009)
 1,690 
 Thyroid Cancer
 U.S. EPA (2010)
 630 
 Bicycle Accidents
 National Safety Council (2009)
 618 
 Excessive Heat
 Centers for Disease Control (avg. 1999-2010)
606 
 Firearm Accidents
 Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (2010)
 376 
 ATV Accidents
 National Safety Council (2009)
 300 
 Ladder Falls
 International Association of Certified Home  Inspectors
170 
 Carbon Monoxide
 Consumer Product Safety Commission
 104 
 Wind (including tornadoes)
 National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration  (2012)
 100 
 Scalding Tap Water
 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public  Health  (2013)
 100 
 Bee
 Boston Children’s Hospital
 72 
 Terrorist Attacks
 FBI (avg. 1970-2015)
 26 
 Lightning
 National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration  (2014)
 20 
 Dangerous Cows
 Centers for Disease Control (2009)
 15 
 Falling Icicles
 Death in Society Research Foundation
 12 
 High School and College  Football Injuries
 National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury  Research (2013)
 2 
 Vending Machines Accidents
 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
 1 
 Shark Attacks
 Mother Nature Network (2012)
 0 
 Marijuana Overdoses
 Numerous sources
 0 
 Nuclear Power Plant Leaks
 Numerous sources
http://www.nachi.org/deaths.htm

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13 07, 2015

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12 07, 2015

RVA Realtors – This Is For You

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Virginia Real Estate Board Certifies InterNACHI as a Real Estate School.

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Virginia Real Estate Board certifies InterNACHI as a Real Estate Proprietary School (see below). Virginia-licensed real estate agents can attain free, online Continuing Education through InterNACHI by taking the following free, online courses (approved by Virginia):
Virginia info page Click Here


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12 07, 2015

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