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DeKalb County - Water Ordinance

Effective June 1, 2008, certain homes purchased in unincorporated DeKalb County must have a Certificate of Compliance with regard to low-flow water fixtures. The new rules apply only to homes built prior to January 1, 1993. DeKalb County will not turn on the water for the new owner of these properties without the Certificate. TurningStone Home Inspections has the knowledge and training necessary to verify the proper low flow fixtures which can be included as part of your home inspection. In addition, we have been authorized by DeKalb County to issue the Certificate of Compliance when all fixtures pass the tests. DeKalb is also issuing rebates for new low flow toilets. Call us today for more information and see DeKalb County Watershed Management website for official rules and information.

DeKalb County - Department of Watershed Management:
http://www.dekalbwatershed.com/index.html


General Info on Homes

How Stuff Works
http://home.howstuffworks.com
Do It Yourself
http://doityourself.com/
Government Recalls
http://www.recalls.gov/
Save Energy
http://www.energystar.gov/
Polybutylene Replacement Company
http://www.polybutylene.com/
Polybutylene Class Action Info
The Polybutylene Pipe Settlement is now closed.

Helpful Links

InterNACHI - The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, Inc. is an international non-profit organization helping home inspectors achieve financial success and maintain inspection excellence.
www.NACHI.org

HUD.GOV Home Buyer and Renter Consumer Information
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD

Electrical Safety Publications
(U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission listing of documents concerned with electrical safety.  The documents are available for viewing and download.  For example, included are Repairing Aluminum Wiring - GFCIs Fact Sheet - Preventing Home Fires: Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs). 
http://www.cpsc.gov/en/safety-education/safety-guides/electronics/

Fire Safety Publications
(U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission listing of documents concerned with fire safety.  The documents are available for viewing and download.  For example, includes a Fire Safety Checklist, and information about smoke detectors, chimneys, etc.)
http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Guides/Home/Fire/

Pool and Spa Safety Publications
(U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission listing of documents concerned with swimming pool safety.  The documents are available for viewing and download.  As an example; includes Safety Barrier Guidelines for Home Pools)
http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Guides/Sports-Fitness-and-Recreation/Pools-and-Spas/

Georgia Building Code Online
(Web resources for The Georgia Building Code)
http://www.dca.state.ga.us/development/ConstructionCodes/index.asp

The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality
 (Consumer Product Safety Commission and Environmental Protection Agency. The Inside Story. A Guide to Indoor Air Quality.
http://www.cpsc.gov/safety-education/safety-guides/home/the-inside-story-a-guide-to-indoor-air-quality/

CDC Questions and answers about mold
(Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch
National Center for Environmental Health - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Questions and Answers on Stachybotrys chartarum and other molds.) http://www.cdc.gov/mold/

Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings
 Building Material Information 
http://www.hadd.com/about

ENERGY.GOV - Home Insulation
 Insulation in your home provides resistance to heat flow. The more heat flow resistance your insulation provides, the lower your heating and cooling costs. Properly insulating your home not only reduces heating and cooling costs, but also improves comfort. 
http://www.energy.gov/energysaver/insulation

Foundation Repair - The Concrete Network
(foundation repair, slabjacking, mudjacking and concrete piering information from The Concrete Network)  
http://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/foundation_repair/index.html

ICC - International Code Council
 (International Code Council - develops codes, of which much of the Georgia Building Code is based.) 
http://www.iccsafe.org

HomeInsurance.org
 Information on Home Safety and associated links to various home safety articles. 
http://www.homeinsurance.org/