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Earn Your Turns Program: Mission Ridge Ski Team Seeks Volunteers

Here’s an announcement from a fellow Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce member:

The Mission Ridge Ski Team needs your help!  We need volunteers to help with our races for the upcoming 2012-2013 Race Season.  As part of our Earn Your Turns program volunteers get a free basic season pass to Mission Ridge and in return those volunteers commit to helping the Mission Ridge Ski Team with 10 of the 15 days of racing that the team will be hosting at the mountain this season, primarily as gate judges and/or course crew workers.  *Gate judges keep a scorecard and list which skiers, if any, don’t negotiate the course correctly (we provide training for both positions).  MRST will be holding a training clinic at their offices on Saturday, December 8thfrom 4pm – 5pm.

For more information or to sign up for our Earn Your Turns Program contact Kari Johnson at 509.433.8217 or email her at kari@mrst.us.  *Participants must be able to negotiate all groomed runs at Mission Ridge to be eligible for the EYT Program.
AMS Inspection Services is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth, WA, with inspectors in Seattle, Wenatchee and throughout Chelan and Douglas counties.  AMS Inspection also performs blower door and duct blaster testing for new construction projects.
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Energy Code and Green Homes: Blower Door Tests

Washington is just one of many states that have adopted the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) that raises the standard for construction design in residential and commercial structures.  This blower door testing ensures that homes are efficiently sealed.

“The new national energy code includes mandatory blower-door testing for building air leakage (less than <3.0 ACH at 50 pascals), which will measure how well contractors have sealed up penetrations between the outdoors and indoor conditioned space. This testing will be required for all projects permitted after the new code goes into effect. Some states have made modifications to the adopted code, such as Illinois which has changed the ACH rate to 5.0 ACH @ 50.  View our archived July 12 webinar to learn more about IL Energy Code changes.”

AMS Inspection performs blower door tests throughout King, Snohomish, Chelan and Douglas Counties.  We’ve worked with developers such as Quadrant Homes and Seattle-Pacific Homes.

Source:  2012 IECC Energy Code vs Green Home Certifications, Jason La Fleur, LEED AP on July 9, 2012

AMS Inspection Services is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth, WA, with inspectors in Seattle, Wenatchee and throughout Chelan and Douglas counties.  AMS Inspection performs blower door tests for new construction projects.

WA Home Inspectors Can’t Repair Homes They Inspect

We received a call from a Realtor recently asking if we do repairs on a home we inspect.  Absolutely not!  Even though there are home inspectors doing this, it is not allowed in Washington State.  The WAC 308-408C-020 (Code of Ethics) for Washington State Licensed Home Inspectors states “the home inspector must:

(8) Not for one year after completion of the inspection repair, replace, or upgrade for compensation components or systems on any building inspected – this section applies to the inspector’s firm and other employees or principals of that firm or affiliated firms.”

This Ethic is set in place to protect the home buyer/seller.  Otherwise, a home inspector could call out problems within the home just to create more work for themselves and additional pad their pocket.  You can view all the Ethics at the Washington State Legislature Website.

AMS Inspection Services is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth, WA, with inspectors in Seattle, Wenatchee and throughout Chelan and Douglas counties.  AMS Inspection performs blower door tests for on new construction projects. 

King County housing market hits 5-year high

KING-5 News reports that Seattle is experiencing a stronger real estate performing the best in 5 years.  Small home inventory, increase in home values and excited buyers are contributing to the favorable performance.

Check out the full article and news report video at KING-5 News.

AMS Inspection Services is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth, WA, with inspectors in Seattle, Wenatchee and throughout Chelan and Douglas counties.  AMS Inspection performs blower door tests for on new construction projects. 

Asbestos Dangers of a Home Remodel

AMS Inspection Services is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth, WA, with inspectors in Seattle, Wenatchee and throughout Chelan and Douglas counties.  AMS Inspection performs blower door tests for contractors in new construction projects.  The following blog is a guest submission.

asbestos wenatchee home inspectionHome remodeling can be an inexpensive way for hands-on homeowners to personalize their space, but in many buildings it can also be a way for homeowners to be exposed to asbestos.

Most homes built before the 1980s were constructed with asbestos-containing construction products. Wallboard, paint, pipes, carpeting and tape were just a few of the most common materials that were made with asbestos. Other asbestos-containing materials that were popular before asbestos regulations were enforced include:

  • Popcorn ceiling finishes
  • Shingles
  • Bricks/grout
  • Tile

Believe it or not, many of these products remain in homes today. Although these products do not pose any health risks while left intact, home renovations can easily disturb the asbestos and release it into the air. If this occurs, all of the home’s occupants are at risk of inhaling the fibers. This, in turn, puts them at risk to develop an asbestos-related disease.

Even with the high prevalence of asbestos in older homes, homeowners can safely remodel their property if they take several basic precautions.

How to Avoid Asbestos Exposure during Home Renovations

Before you begin any home renovations, you should hire a licensed asbestos professional to come out to your home and perform a thorough asbestos inspection. The abatement contractor can identify areas in your home that might contain asbestos, and then take small samples for laboratory evaluation.

The inspection will help you recognize which products you should not handle on your own and which are safe to freely renovate.

If asbestos-contaning products are found in your home, do not attempt to remove them on your own. A professional company should be hired to ensure that all fibers are safely removed from the area. Seeing as, you do not want to take the chance of developing an asbestos related cancer.

A construction contractor with a license in handling asbestos can also perform renovations on asbestos-containing products. These contractors will be able to remove or remediate the asbestos before remodeling the area.

(For example, they can cover asbestos cement with asbestos-free floor tiles, simultaneously addressing the asbestos problem and providing the homeowner with a remodeled floor).   Before hiring one of these contractors, however, homeowners should verify their asbestos licensure with the state.

Author bio: Faith Franz is a writer for the Mesothelioma Center. She combines her interests in whole-body health and medical research to educate the mesothelioma community about the newest developments in cancer care.

Walk for Carol Kavanaugh, Douglas Co. Commissioner Candidate, in Apple Blossom Festival Classy Chassis Parade May 4th

JOIN FRIENDS & FAMILY IN SUPPORT OF

“I am a mom, a property owner, a business owner, and a long-time volunteer in our communities. I will work to create an inviting Douglas County.”  – Carol Kavanaugh

IN A CLASSY CHASSIS SORT OF WAY!

On Friday, May 4th, join Carol Kavanaugh and her supporters as they walk in the Classy Chassis Parade! This will be a FUN and interactive way to show your support and say hi to all your friends along the way!

NOT A DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENT?

If you do business in or have friends or family that live in Douglas county, you need to support Carol Kavanaugh!  We need good, strong, healthy leaders that are there to support the ideas and concerns of the people. Her goal is to create a “County of Opportunity” and address “excessive and unnecessary regulation”.

Parade starts at 6:30 but they’ll be there an hour early!  Meet at the merry-go-round at the Eastmont Park at 5:30 to get T-shirts and cars are available at the end of the parade route to shuttle people back to their cars at the park .

Carol Kavanaugh is currently the President-Elect for the North Central Washington Association of Realtors.  In a recent press release from the NCWAR President, Paul Mares said, “Carol is extremely well versed in issues that affect housing, jobs, the economy, the rising cost of living and many others. It has been an honor to work with Carol, she is an extremely well-rounded candidate and will work tirelessly to represent Douglas County and help develop a stable future for its residents and the valley.” 

Carol has lived in the Wenatchee Valley for over 35 years and is presently with John L. Scott in Wenatchee and has been a real estate professional for 9 years.

Blower Door Tests for Seattle, Wenatchee & Chelan County

A new Washington State building code requires all new construction homes to pass a blower door test ensuring that the home does not exceed the maximum allowable air leakage rate.  The blower door test verifies that the new home is sealed tightly and will perform efficiently.  If a new home is not properly sealed during construction it will be costly down the road to fix the home’s air leakage problems.  Watch this video from WSU Extension Energy Experts to learn more.

Air Sealing, Chapter 4: Measuring Building Tightness from Energy Experts on Vimeo.

AMS Inspection Services is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth, WA, with inspectors in Seattle, Wenatchee and throughout Chelan and Douglas counties.  AMS Inspection performs blower door tests for contractors in new construction projects.