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Home Maintenance Checklist for the Seasons Page 1 of 2 Checklists for the Seasons These are checklists that you can use and incorporate into your routine home maintenance plan for your house. They are broken up into seasons. Annually: Hire a home inspector to perform a home maintenance inspection at part of your routine home maintenance plan. In the Spring: • Check for damage to your roof • Check all the fascia and trim for deterioration • Have a professional air conditioning contractor inspect and maintain your system as recommended by the manufacturer • Check your water heater • Replace all extension cords that have become brittle, worn or damaged • Check your fire extinguishers • Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter • Review your fire escape plan with your family • Repair all cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walks to help provide a level walking surface • Check the shutoff valve at each plumbing fixture to make sure they function • Clean clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, and space under the dryer • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms In the Summer: • Check kids playing equipment • Check your wood deck or concrete patio for deterioration • Check the nightlights at the top and bottom of all stairs • Check exterior siding • Check all window and door locks • Check your home for water leaks • Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator icemaker and dishwasher for cracks and bubbles In the Fall: • Check your home for water leaks • Have a heating professional check your heating system every year Home Maintenance Checklist for the Seasons Page 2 of 2 • Protect your home from frozen pipes • Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone • Test your emergency generator • Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper • Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms • Make sure the caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce heat/cooling loss • Make sure that the caulking around your bathroom fixtures is adequate to prevent water from seeping into the sub-flooring In the Winter: • Clean the gutters and downspouts • Confirm firewood at least 20 feet away from your home • Remove screens from windows and install storm windows • Familiarize responsible family members with the gas main valve and other appliance valves • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer • Make sure all electrical holiday decorations have tight connections • Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter • Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator icemaker and dishwasher for cracks and bubbles • Check your water heater • Test all AFCI and GFCI devices Adapted from the home maintenance book by Ben Gromicko “Now that you’ve had a home inspection.”

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1.      How long have you been working as an inspector?  Since 2001
2.      What is included in your inspection?   depends on type of home you are buying.  typically includes all visible areas of the home, including roof, decks, basements, crawlspaces, furnace, boiler, water heater, plumbing supply, sewer, electrical panel, and more
3.      What is excluded from your inspection?  depends on several factors (ice, snow coverage, type of home) area of the home with no access or dangerous and unsafe conditions.
4.      What type of inspection report do you provide?  PDF check box, along with photo comments.
5.      How long will the inspection take?  depends on type of home 1.5 to 4 hours
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7.      What is the cost of the inspection?  Depends on location and type of home, most inspection save buyers money, a lot of money.  But typically, $250 to $475.  Radon with inspection is another $100 to $150. 
8.      How soon would you be able to do an inspection?   Depends on time of year, typically within 2 to 5 days
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Zinsco® Electrical Panels & Circuit Breakers: Latent Fire & Shock Hazards

FPE breaker burnup blowout (C) D Friedman Jess Aronstein

Zinsco®, Zinsco-Sylvania® & Kearney Electrical Equipment in Residential Properties: Hazards & Remedies
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Photo at left of a burned-up Zinsco circuit breaker was provided by A.K. and was the neighbor of another Breaker that jammed and burned in the electrical panel. is an independent publisher of building, environmental, and forensic inspection, diagnosis, and repair information for the public - we have no business nor financial connection with any manufacturer or service provider discussed at our website.

What is the Zinsco® Circuit Breaker Hazard

Zinsco® and Zinsco-Sylvania® were a widely-distributed electrical panel brand throughout the United States. For years, anecdotes and field reports about Zinsco® equipment hazards and defects have been discussed at professional conferences and occasionally in the media. 

Field reports circuit breaker burn-ups and very extensive electrical panel damage have been reported attributed to this product. Independent testing of a significant volume of Zinsco® breakers and electrical panels has not been completed, leaving electricians and inspectors to rely on the body of field experience.

There has been no product recall. What therefore remains arguable is the frequency with which a Zinsco equipment failure actually has caused serious house fires or losses. On at least some occasions an electrical component fails, melts, even catches fire without setting a building on fire, thanks to other construction safety features (such as properly-mounted steel electrical panel enclosures).

So how do we estimate the Zinsco / Kearney risk level? With the exception of the more seriously failing FPE Stab-Lok electrical panels, we have not received any significant number of field failure reports concerning any otherelectrical panel brands that also use aluminum parts and that are or were priced in the same range as Zinsco. This means homes with Zinsco-brand circuit breakers and electrical panels are likely to be at significantly greater risk such as burn-ups, fires, and failure to trip in response to overcurrent.

Limited test results reported by J. Aronsteinindicate that the central Zinsco electrical panel and circuit breaker failure problem appears to be burn ups at the clip-to-bus connections such as shown in our photo of a burned Zinsco electrical panel bus and breaker. The few circuit breakers tested by Dr. Aronstein were reported to trip within normal overcurrent limits. However a circuit breaker whose bus connection burns can lead to overheating damage to the circuit breaker itself, rendering it non-functional.

Based on an independent review of field reports from licensed electricians, fire inspectors and home inspectors, there is little doubt that the equipment is a fire and injury hazard.

  1. Zinsco® failures: there are three distinct failure modes for Kearney, Zinsco, & Zinsco-Sylvania equipment:
    1. Zinsco-type circuit breakers may fail to trip in response to an overcurrent condition. This is a fire and shock risk.
    2. Zinsco-type circuit breakers may "blow out" the side casing of the device in an electrical "arc explosion"
    3. Zinsco-type circuit breakers may fail to drop power even when they are switched off - that is, the breaker may appear to be switched to the "off" position but internally it may still be conducting power to the circuit.
      Notes: further testing & verification are needed on point 3.
      Other Sylvania® electrical products are not affected by and have nothing to do with the Zinsco-Sylvania warnings in this article.
  2. Zinsco® fire & injury hazard: In addition to the failure of these circuit breakers to protect a building and its occupants from dangerous overcurrents, it is visually obvious from photographs of Zinsco equipment failures that severe overheating occurs in the equipment, thus risking fire and fire related injuries.
  3. Zinsco® is a latent fire and shock hazard: the presence of the equipment in a home does not itself initiate a failure in all cases, but it might in some. Because on disassembly the electrician often finds evidence of severe Zinsco electrical panel breaker-to-bus connections, one apparent source of overheating and failures, the equipment failure may not be visible nor even suspected by the homeowner before there is a catastrophic event. Furthermore, when a dangerous overcurrent occurs, the Zinsco equipment is likely to fail to provide the safety protection that is expected of circuit breakers because the overheated, burned circuit breaker fails to trip. For this reason, an owner's failure to observe a problem "up to now" is absolutely no assurance that the Zinsco® or Zinsco-Sylvania® panel is safe. It may simply be that an overcurrent has not previously occurred and the circuit breakers have not been called-on to do their job.
  4. Zinsco® equipment violates the National Electrical Code Because of the proven high defect rate, the Zinsco breakers do not provide the circuit protection that is required by applicable codes and standards (NEC and UL). This constitutes an increased risk of fire and injury. [4] NEC-240-2 "Equipment shall be protected against overcurrent ..." - a building with FPE a Stab-Lok® electrical panel does not meet the requirements of the NEC nor of any other electrical code.
  5. Zinsco® field inspection or testing not reliable: There is no practical way that a licensed electrician, inspector, or engineer can determine which breakers in a given electrical panel are seriously defective internally. The only way to do that is by means of functional and life test procedures that they are not trained to do nor equipped to perform. Do not attempt field testing of Zinsco® equipment. Doing so risks serious fire or injury, and testing, even simply switching breakers on and off increases the risk of a future failure to trip.
  6. Replace Zinsco® equipment: Given these facts, Zinsco® electrical panels and circuit breakers should be considered an un-due fire and injury risk and we recommend that the equipment be replaced completely. Do not purchase and install replacement Zinsco-type circuit breakers. Replace the electrical panel entirely.

Bottom line on Kearney, Zinsco-Sylvania & Zinsco Breakers & Panels This means the equipment fails to protect occupants from electrical shock or fire at levels anywhere close to other brands and models of similar circuit breakers & panels..

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