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Archive for January, 2012


Saturday, January 28th, 2012


Spring cleaning may still be months away, but it doesn’t hurt to keep your kid’s playroom clean during the winter season when bacteria and germs are more likely to spread.
Melissa Homer, Chief Cleaning Officer at MaidPro and busy mom on-the-go, specializes in helping other busy moms like you maintain a clean home in no time at little cost. Below, she shares four strategies for organizing and cleaning a playroom.
Disinfect the Toys – A toy must be completely disinfected for it to be clean. Soak the toys for 5 minutes in a solution of 3/4 cup bleach mixed in a gallon of water. Rinse and let dry. For large toys, use a disinfecting multipurpose spray cleaner and wipe them dry with a clean rag. One of Melissa’s favorite mommy time savers is making a large batch of bleach water in the bathtub to disinfect a large number of toys at once.
Give Each Toy a Home – Keeping things clean with kids is already hard enough in a cluttered, disorganized room. To keep things under control, use tubs, baskets, and shelves to place and store toys in a neat and compartmentalized way.
Keep Toys in Rotation – If you have too many toys to keep in one place, try rotating toys regularly (every few weeks or months). Keep a majority of toys stored away (e.g. basement, garage, storage closet, etc.), but leave out an interesting and varied mix to keep your little one entertained.
Enlist the Help of Professional Cleaners – Cleaning tasks should be divided and shared between both parents. If there isn’t time, make room in your budget for a professional cleaner to take care of deep scrub cleaning once a month. This way, you can spend less time maintaining the house the rest of the time so you can spend more time with the family.
Jacob Mermin Inspections is happy to have “THE MaidPro CORNER” apart of “THE INSPECTOR’S CORNER” blog.


Monday, January 23rd, 2012


Do you know what your water heater can do if it malfunctions?
At Fireservice Disaster Kleenup, we deal with water damage every day of the year. Being in SW Florida people always ask if we want storms to hit for increased business. The answer is NO. We stay busy with leaks from dishwashers, ice makers, A/C units and everything else. As a matter of fact, most of our leaks come from water heaters. If a water heater breaks, it can flood out your entire home. If you live in a condo building or a high rise, it can also flood people beside and under you. We often see where a heater will break on the 8th or 9th floor and flood all the units below. When something like this happens, the damage can cost a lot of money.
So how do we attempt to prevent this from happening to us? The life span of a water heater depends on a few different factors: water quality, product quality, maintenance, or amount of use, just to name a few.
-Check your water quality. If you have a lot of calcium, iron, or chlorine in your water, it can shorten the life of your unit. These minerals will actually start to weaken the tank of the heater and increase your chance for leaks.

-Product quality. A lot of the water heaters in the “Big Box Stores” are nice and inexpensive but they are not as durable as some of the units that are supplied to licensed plumbers. Suggestion is to spend a few extra bucks and have a licensed plumber supply and install the water heaters. Spending the extra couple hundred of dollars can save you thousands in the end and a lot of stress.
-Maintain your water heater- It is suggested that you drain and flush out your water heater every 6 months. This will remove all the built-up minerals at the bottom of your tank. Also adjust your temperature valve. If it is set too high, your unit is working harder to keep the water temperature to set temperature.
I hope that these quick little tips can help prevent any disasters in your home. Remember to use a licensed plumber to fix anything on your heater. Jacob Mermin Inspections works closely with some very good plumbers and they would be happy to refer one to you in your area. For any type of water damage issue you may have please contact me at (239) 823-7278, and we will help you out in any way we can. We have partners all over the country to help you out, no matter your location. If you find you have a possible mold issue remember you need a Florida Licensed Mold Assessor Like Jacob Mermin at Jacob Mermin Inspecitons Inc.

Good Luck,
Jamey Nassef
Fort Myers: 239-936-1033
Naples: 239-261-1422
Marco Island: 239-963-2358
Cell: 239-823-7278


Saturday, January 21st, 2012


Jacob Mermin Inspections would like to welcome Action Automatic Door & Gate to our Concierge Listing and Networking Group. I am very familiar with this company as several years ago I purchased a new garage door opener for my home. I saw the commercial with the Home of The Talking Door and had to call them when I discovered that the garage door opener needed replaced. I found out first hand how reasonably priced their openers were. I have been recommending them for years so it made perfect sense to invite them to join our Concierge Listing. We have already introduced Action Automatic Door & Gate to one of our home inspection clients and I am sure they will be as happy as I have been with their products and services.

Since 1974 Action Automatic Door & Gate has been providing service, sales,and installation of garage doors, automatic openers,and automatic gate systems. Though there products have expanded over the years customers can still count on reliable, quality service. Customers also appreciate same day and emergency service. Parts are available for all brands of garage doors, openers, and automatic gate entry systems. With two of the largest garage door showrooms in Naples and Ft.Myers customers can stop in to pick up an item at the parts counter, or view our products in person before they buy. For more information on all products and services please visit You can also find them on Facebook at

Please stay tuned for Action Automatic Door & Gate’s Blog By Lisa Ebel Called “THE GARAGE DOOR CORNER” located within THE INSPECTOR’S CORNER at


Saturday, January 21st, 2012


Jacob Mermin Inspections would like to announce that Jacob Mermin President of Jacob Mermin Inspections Inc. has completed the Advanced Wind Mitigation Inspection Training Course. This training course was set up by Inspection Depot, Inc. following the Citizens Insurance guide lines. The course is recognized as the Department of Business and Professional Regulation,(DBPR) Home Inspector Licensing Board Course No. 0000018. Jacob Mermin successfully completed the eight (8) hour Continuing Education training course and passed the proctored exam. This training is now required by the state of Florida for all Florida Licensed Home Inspectors to perform recognized Wind Mitigation Inspections. With the completion of training and passing of the proctored exam, Jacob Mermin will be complying with Citizens guide lines for Wind Mitigation Inspections. This would include the correct use of Form Number OIR-BI 1802 Uniform Mitigation Verification Inspection Form.

Jacob Mermin Inspections Inc. will be performing wind mitigation and four point inspections based on the training and the proctored exam required by Citizens Insurance. We will be performing wind mitigation inspections and four point wind mitigation inspections in Cape Coral, Ft.Myers, Naples, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Labelle, Alva, and many other areas in SW. Florida. We do have pricing on the website at We have package discounts so if you need a home inspection and a wind mitigation inspection we will be glad to earn your business with discounts. We will also have discounts with a four point and wind mitigation inspection that your insurance company is telling you that is needed to write your home owner’s policy. We have the new form 1802 that we can fill out and send to your insurance company with the attribute pictures they require for you to receive your insurance discounts. So if you live in Lee County, Collier County, Charlotte County or Hendry County make sure to call Jacob Mermin Inspections 239-243-7322 for all your inspection needs. We are one of the few inspection companies that is a Florida Licensed Home Inspector #HI975, Florida Licensed Mold Assessor # MRSA684 with a EPA certification in air conditioning meaning the Freon Card. We are a true one stop shop for all types of inspections and consulting, and we now have completed the Citizens Insurance and Proctored Exam for Advanced Wind Mitigation Training.
Thank You,
Jacob Mermin FLHI/FLMA/IE/