Carbon Monoxide

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Carbon monoxide can be a byproduct of the incomplete combustion of natural gas, wood, or any carbon-based fuel. It is a clear, odorless, and tasteless gas, and can cause death within minutes, if gone undetected. Extended exposure to low levels (sometimes not detected by inexpensive carbon monoxide detectors) can cause long-term health problems. Carbon monoxide detectors with a minimum sensitivity of 30 ppm and with no time delay should be installed at locations where natural gas appliances or fireplaces are used. Massachusetts Home Inspections also recommends installing carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms on each habitable floor of multi-story structures and within 10 feet of entrances to all bedrooms.

If you are purchasing or selling a home, Massachusetts law requires that all residential structures be equipped with approved Carbon Monoxide detectors and smoke detectors upon sale or transfer. The local fire department will issue a certificate to prove compliance. The Seller is always responsible for obtaining this certificate before close of escrow.

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Massachusetts Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations

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Hi Dave,

I just wanted to write a quick thank you for your work inspecting 43 1/2 Bartholomew Street in Peabody yesterday. As a buyer in the process of trying to purchase my first home, it's been difficult to know who to trust. I honestly cannot believe some of the stuff I've run into, so I had to write & let you know that I found you professional, competent, & all around above par. In all of the people I've had to deal with up to this point, you were one of the few that actually took the time to explain things in a way that an inexperienced first time home buyer would understand. I never once felt rushed or talked down to.

Based on your inspection, I've decided not to purchase the home at 43 1/2 Bartholomew Street. I will however, continue to look & will hopefully find a house more suited to my needs in the near future. When that happens I will be calling on your expertise once again. In the meantime, I will certainly recommend you to any of my family & friends that may need a home inspection.

Thanks again,

Lisa G.

                                               

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Last updated on  Feb 27, 2013