Specsure Inc., home inspection company

Posted on Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 at 8:55am CDT by 0a94c8f5

Company: Specsure Inc., home inspection company

Category: Other

The company is located in E. Amherst, New York.

(I also submitted this to our local BBB).

On 8/5/06, we hired Specsure, Inc. (Jerome Glenn, Glenn Enterprises, LLC) to perform a home inspection for a home we were considering purchasing. The house had aluminum wiring which Mr. Glenn did tell us, but he did not express any significant concern or acknowledgement of potential hazard with having such wiring. Only, after we had signed the realtor contract and received his written report, did we even realize that this was a serious issue. In fact, we feel his concealment, lack of understanding, or great underestimation amounts to negligence. We have spoken to a number of electricians and researched at least a dozens websites that document the significant risks associated with aluminum wiring and the approved measures to correct it. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, aluminum wiring has a 55 times greater increase of reaching fire hazard status. Mr. Glenn written report says "if connections are properly made using properly rated CO/ALR devices, the risk should be mitigated." According to the opinion of the commission staff, CO/ALR devices must be considered to be, at best, an incomplete repair. Further, CO/ALR wiring devices have failed in laboratory tests when connected to aluminum wire. They are considered to be a short-term, temporary solution. The federal government recommends only 2 approved methods of correcting aluminum wiring. Both are very cost prohibitive - 1) rewiring the entire house with copper, 2) using a special crimp connector (COPALUM) which is manufactured by one company.

We believe any licensed home inspector should know the risks and be able to clearly express those to the customer. They should also be knowledgeable of government warnings (www.ashi.com, www.inspect-ny.com, www.cpsc.gov). Furthermore, other states specifically mention aluminum wiring on their property disclosure forms (ex. Texas, California, Illinois), so at the very least, we should have a reasonable expectation that a licensed home inspector would be aware of the serious concerns of aluminum wiring and the correct safeguarding measures. We ended up forfeiting $1000 deposit once we cancelled the contract five days later. Had we been made aware by the home inspector of the significant hazards associated with electrical wiring, we never would have signed the contract. We did call the owner and inspector on 3 occasions to explain our concerns and did request a $280 refund of the home inspection fees as we believe the services were not fully rendered. They denied our request for a refund.


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