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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


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


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/


December 29th, 2011


Jacob Mermin Inspections Concierge Listing and Networking Group has been looking for a local Home Security Company to join the Concierge listing and we are now happy to announce that we have found such a company. We would like to welcome Devcon Security as a new member.

Devcon is a National company with a local office in SW Florida. The office is located at 17162 Alico Center Road #4 Ft. Myers, Fl. 33967. The local General Manager Ryan Hercek explained that Devcon Security has been serving SW. Florida for over 15 years and they are a Florida based company operating out of Hollywood, Fl.

Devcon Security prides itself on customer service. They are the only company in the industry that can confidently say we self-perform the entire security process. What this means to the customer is that their business is never sub-contracted out to the lowest bidder. Devcon Security sell, install, service, and most importantly MONITOR all of their customers. Their employees are all background checked, finger printed, and drug screened. Their monitoring centers and monitoring specialists are all UL and 5 Diamond Certified, which again, to the customer means that the same monitoring specialists that are monitoring banks, and jewelry stores are also monitoring your home.
Devcon Security continues to grow throughout the country and are now the sixth largest security monitoring company in the United States. Devcon Security has 57 locations nationwide and serves over 300,000 customers.

Ryan Hercek asked me to let everyone know that they are offering a great introductory offer to all in Southwest Florida. He explained that a standard package security system ranges in cost from $99.00 to $399.00 depending on what you want. He is offering a $100.00 discount off any of the packages for all customers that come through the Concierge Listing and or Networking group.

Ryan told me that one of the reasons he decided to join the Jacob Mermin Inspections Concierge Listing was because it was also a Networking Group. He liked that fact that there were no weekly breakfast meetings and that everyone would be helping all members in the group gain local market share. We both agree that because of the current economy it is very important for all local companies to not just sit around waiting for the phone to ring. We must be pro-active and go out and get the business. We must find all those local companies who have the same beliefs and invite them to join the group. I want the Jacob Mermin Inspections Concierge listing to have as many trade categories open as we can. With a large diversified Networking Group we can help all members achieve that large market share.

Again I would like to say how proud we are at Jacob Mermin Inspections that Devcon Security is now apart of our group. Lets all help provide them with new potential customers. I have all members on a hand out that I plan on giving to all my clients and any that will listen. I will have this hand out available for all our members to give to their customers as well.

Good Luck,
Jacob Mermin


December 21st, 2011



JMI’S CONCIERGE LISTING is very excited to announce that DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Naples is now a member of the Concierge Listing.

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Naples is located in the Wiggins Pass Crossings Center at 13500 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 10 Naples, Fl. 34110.

“Today’s kitchen has a live-in plan,”says Meriam Reed, “where families gather and activity centers provide work spaces for various projects.”

When my wife and I walked into the show room I knew I was in trouble. My wife liked everything, especially the white cabinets with the dark granite counter tops. This is one beautiful showroom with so much to choose from. DreamMaker has an Interior Designer and a Design Consultant to help their clients determine what will work best with their budget and lifestyle – from traditional or contemporary design – to value oriented or top- of the line luxury.

When clients meet the folks at DreamMaker they see that they have professional designers and a full – service contracting team under one roof, and it makes a big difference for their peace of mind.

Jacob Mermin Inspections ( will be recommending DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Naples to everyone we can. I like the fact that just like JMI they are a one stop shop. There clients will realize no matter their budget they will receive top notch service. Jacob Mermin Inspections is very proud to be associated with DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Naples. When a client or someone I meet tells me that they need a new bath or kitchen I can’t wait to say,”boy do I have a company for you”. Remember DreamMaker is a full service contractor who can do any job big or small. DreamMaker serves Collier and South Lee county.

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Naples
13500 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 10 Naples, Fl. 34110
239-593-6609 fax
License number CBC056039
Client testimonials upon request


December 11th, 2011

At this time I would like to announce how proud and excited I am to announce that MaidPro is now apart of Jacob Mermin Inspection’s Concierge Listing. You can see the concierge listing at www.jminspector/concierge

Recently I saw Michelle Spitzer on a commercial for Hodges University and I was very impressed with her. I did research on MaidPro and decided that Michelle and MaidPro had to be apart of the Concierge Listing. I found that MaidPro and Jacob Mermin Inspections were started about the same way. We both built our companies from nothing into very successful entities that we are proud of. Michelle Spitzer and her story were featured in Distinctive Women of Naples which is a list of the most successful business women in Naples. I read one of her quotes and found that it mirrored exactly how I feel about my clients. She wrote “I love working directly with each of my clients and know that we are improving the quality of their lives.” As a Florida Licensed Home Inspector and Florida Licensed Mold Inspector these words are how I run my company and treat my clients. The mold inspector motto is “Do no harm” to me this means leave the client in a better situation than you found them, and improve the environment they live in. In my opinion both our companies do this every day.

Michelle started a business while attending Hodges University called Michelle’s Classy Cleaning, to help with her schooling. Within four years of its creation Michelle turned this small start up company into a national franchise for MaidPro. I was not surprised to read that Michelle turned her MaidPro franchise into the number one operation and a multi-million dollar business. She has more than 70 people who serve clients in Lee and Collier counties. Those folks just north of us will be happy to hear that Michelle is planning expansion into Charlotte and Sarasota.

Jacob Mermin Inspections and MaidPro are a perfect fit. I am very happy to hear that Michelle Spitzer is a very environmentally conscious business owner using green products and practices every day with all her residential and commercial clients. As a Trained Indoor Environmentalist is very exciting to be affiliated with a company that is so concerned with our environment,both outside and inside of the home.

When a new business partner joins the JMI Concierge Listing we encourage them to run an introductory special. MaidPro is offering $25.00 off for a one time cleaning and when scheduling weekly or by-weekly services the 5th cleaning will be free (up to $100.00). I believe you will find that the service and cleaning is great and the introductory offers are just an added bonus.

MaidPro is owned and operated by Michelle Spitzer.
2085 Pine Ridge Rd. Naples, Fl. 34109


December 6th, 2011

Can I Use Home Mold Test Kits Instead of A Mold Inspection?

We advise AVOIDING mold test kits. Unfortunately, home mold test kits are a waste of money. Here are several reasons to consider…

5 Reasons Mold Test Kits Waste Your Money

The most important part of a mold inspection is the inspection, not the mold samples.
Mold samples can be misleading, are sometimes incorrect with both false positive and false negative results occurring, and can only be accurately interpreted in conjunction with a well thought out sampling plan and visual inspection. The visual inspection requires an understanding of building construction, water sources, and other factors that may not be apparent to many people, such as condensation occurring in a poorly ventilated attic, poor drainage on the exterior of a building, or cracks in the foundation.

Consumer Reports rates home mold test kits “Not Recommended”.
In 2006, Consumer Reports evaluated four different types of home mold testing kits and rated all of them “Not Recommended,” including typical comments like this one for the Pro-Lab MO109 mold test kit:

“In some samples, the vials with media leaked over entire kit. In one, an unopened kit was moldy. No expiration dates on the kit; old media could affect the accuracy and reliability of the results. Label claims that kit can identify toxic mold, but the report the lab sends can’t tell you this. One unused plate came back positive for mold growth, indicating contamination at some point; not very reassuring for post remediation use.”

Mold test kits do not provide meaningful answers.
The primary issue with these kits is they essentially only test for the presence of mold in the home. The mold testing kits that we are aware of are simply “gravity” or “settling” plates which consists of putting an open Petri dish in the home for some period of time. This is about as useful as setting out a plate of fruit and finding out whether mold will grow on them. Given enough time, of course it will! If you leave moist food on the kitchen counter for a few weeks, no one is surprised when mold forms on that food, and finding mold on that food does not mean that the home has a mold problem.

It’s important to understand that mold is ubiquitous – it’s everywhere. ALL homes have mold in them. Mold is present in homes, buildings, and the outside air. Mold spores are in the air, on surfaces, on the furniture… all over the place. If you open a Petri dish and take a sample, it is likely that you will get mold growing on the Petri dish. That’s not helpful information!

Mold test kits cause fear to make money for mold test kit manufacturers.
The question with mold inspections is not: “Are there mold spores in the air?” Unless it is something like a hospital operating theater, we already know the answer. It’s “Yes.” Setting out a petri dish almost never provides useful information. It merely confirms what we already know – that there are mold spores in the air – and only serve to line the pockets of the companies that produce them and to cause fear in the people who use them, which causes further sampling or work for the companies that produce home mold testing kits.

The mold industry advises against home mold test kits.
All credible organizations in the indoor air quality community advocate against using these types of samples. In fact, a well-recognized book in the mold industry “Bioaerosols: Assessment and Control” by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) advises against using the types of samples included in these home mold testing kits.

The Bottom Line: These mold test kits generate money for the companies selling them and generally, just cause fear in the person taking the sample with no real added value. Further, the most important part of a mold inspection is not the mold sample, but rather the inspection of the building for sources of moisture and evidence of mold. Often, mold testing is not even necessary.

This posting courtesy of EM Laboratory.


November 21st, 2011


On Saturday 11/19th at Palmetto Pines Golf Course in Cape Coral The Jacob Mermin Inspections Golf Team was the proud winner of the Annual Cape Coral Hooters Charity Golf Tournament. Jacob Mermin Inspections along with many Cape Coral businesses helped raise thousands of dollars for the tournament benefactor – Moffit Cancer Center of Sarasota Florida. Hooter’s sponsors many golf tournaments year round throughout the United States.
Jacob Mermin Inspections team scored a 12 under par round of 60 to win the day.
From left to right are Jacob Mermin, Kevin Henry, Ian Flynn and Curtis O’Brien.
Jacob Mermin was heard to say “I can’t believe we finally won one of these things!” We plan to defend next year!


November 20th, 2011


At this time The Concierge Corner would like to welcome Buddy Scannell Plumbing License #CFC1426393 to the Jacob Mermin Inspections concierge listing. I have known Buddy Scannell for as long has he has been a plumber. I have referred Buddy Scannell plumbing to many of my home inspection and home watch companies for more than five years. He is also a Lee County Fire fighter and has been for many years. I consider Buddy a personal friend as well as a business associate. To Buddy Scannell no job is too big or too small. He is replacing hot water heaters to complete re-pipe projects.

Buddy Scannell is offering and introductory offer:
He is offering a Start Up Package for all returning snow birds:

A week prior to your arrival Buddy Scannell Plumbing, Inc. will come to your home and drain your water heater, flush it and refill it. He will inspect all fixtures and drain pipes and refill your traps so gases will not be present upon your arrival.

In the event he finds a problem he will call you and with your approval he will repair it or he will wait for your arrival to make the necessary repairs.

Total Cost for this Start Up Package is only $125.00

For your next plumbing issue or project make sure you call Buddy Scannell plumbing at 239-872-2821 or you can contact him by e-mail at
You can also contact Jacob Mermin Inspections at 239-243-7322 and I can coordinate your project with Buddy Scannell Plumbing. I have been the eyes and ears for up north clients with Buddy Scannell Plumbing on several projects. We work well together and he will help me keep you abreast of the progress on your project through photos and videos.

Buddy Scannell Plumbing and Jacob Mermin Inspections are the professionals you can count on in SW Florida.
Thank you

Concierge Corner: Jacob Mermin FLHI/FLMA/IE

November 8th, 2011

Greetings Business Owner:

Jacob Mermin Inspections, Inc. would like to invite all contractors, trades, and service companies to join our concierge service. We have an excessive amount of new homeowners who are in need of a variety of services. We are a full service inspection company and also provide Home Watch Services for those in SW Florida.

Take the time to go to and click on the concierge button.

We are offering two types of listings available:
A premier listing …………………………….$350.00
A standard listing…………………………….$250.00
The Premier listing will have a direct link to your website if you have one,
along with the standard listing information.
The standard listing will list all your vital information, company name, address, phone, e-mail, license information.

Either listing comes with a variety of promotions from Jacob Mermin Inspections, Inc., including blog postings and e-news letters.

Take your time on the website then get back to me with any comments and/or questions and pricing.

Thanking you in advance and look forward to working together to meet and exceed our mutual business goals.


Jacob Mermin Inspections would like to be the first to welcome Calusa Renovations, Inc. License Number CBC1255312. Calusa Renovations is “Your Solution For All Your Home Repair Needs.” Calusa Renovations is owned by Tommy Glover who is also a Lee County Florida Fire Fighter. I have been recommending Tommy for many years to all my Home Inspection and Home Watch clients. I am very glad that he is now apart of Jacob Mermin Inspections Concierge Listings. Please do not hesitate to call me to arrange a free consultation or better yet call Tommy directly at 239-872-9701. You can also reach him by E-Mail at Choose the contractor that lives where you live in SW. Florida….Barbara and I at Jacob Mermin Inspections Inc. will be telling everyone we meet to call Tommy Glover for all jobs, no matter how big or small. Before you make any decisions, call Tommy for his opinion I know he will save you money. Click on the Concierge button and check out Calusa Renovations listing, and look for their coupons on the Concierge Coupon Page coming soon.

Let us know how everything goes with your next project
Jacob and Barbara Mermin
Jacob Mermin Inspections