Useful links and information
Information about radon
This is a link to the US EPA's website on radon and real estate. It contains information, useful tools, and resources for use by the real estate community and those buying and selling homes.
This is the link to the US EPA's website that discusses why and how radon is a public health risk. It contains statistical information about radon illnesses and radon levels.
This is a link to a document published by the Maine Department of Human Services entitled “A Maine Citizen's Guide to Radon”. It discusses what radon is, the risks to you and your family, the testing process, and what can be done about it. Please note that it is an Adobe PDF document and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the document. If you do not have Acrobat, a link is available on this page to download it from Adobe.
This link is to a site with general information and resources about radon in Maine. It also contains information about radon by county.
Product safety and recalls
This is a link to the Government’s Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website. The CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products. You can find information on over 5,000 product recalls and recall alerts using the various searches on this page.
Energy management and savings
This is a link to the Government’s ENERGY STAR website, which contains information about energy management and ways to save money on energy. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.
This is a link to the Maine Multiple Listing Service (MLS) listing of real estate.
This link is to Zillow® which is a real estate site that allows you to search by geographic location.
This link is to Trulia® which provides information about real estate listings and has some useful tools and features on its site.
This link is to the official site of the National Association of REALTORS® which has information about the real estate market and homes for sale.
Maine State government sites and resources
These links are to State of Maine useful websites.
Local town and municipal government sites.
Local voter information lookup.
Dog licensing and license renewals.
Vehicle and trailer registration and renewals.
Boat registration registration and renewals.
Weather and tides
The weather in Maine varies quite greatly across the region. This is a link to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service page.
The northern latitude of Maine leads to higher tides than many people may be accustomed to. This is a link to the tide tables.
Here are just a few of the many directory and resource sites where Breakwater Inspections is listed.
American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)
International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (IAC2)
National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI)
Find an Inspector
Breakwater Inspections Findings Newsletter
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Local companies and resources
AJ's Septic Inspections Inc. is State of Maine certified to do septic system inspections.
Pat Jackson Septic, Inc./Tri-City does septic system inspections and septic tank pumping.
Norlen's Water Treatment, LLC provides water treatment services.
Goodwin Well & Water Inc. provides water treatment services.
Northeast Laboratory Services is a full-service, accredited laboratory providing a wide range of environmental analytical chemistry and microbiology testing services, and manufactured microbiological prepared media products.
A & L Laboratory Inc. provides testing services to analyze drinking water to ensure a safe potable water for current and future generations.
Easy Simple Fast Service
ESFS is a guide to home improvement and professional contractors in Maine. The service is centered in Portland and also covers surrounding areas.
Asbestos and the risk of Mesothelioma
One of the risks of exposure to asbestos is Mesothelioma. This is a link to the Mesothelioma Center. It provides the most up to date information on asbestos related illnesses including malignant mesothelioma. They have a team of patient advocates that work one on one with patients and their families connecting them with doctors, treatment centers, support groups and much more during and after diagnosis. http://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/prognosis.php.
Information can also be found at MesotheliomaGuide at http://www.mesotheliomaguide.com/mesothelioma/causes/asbestos/.
The Mortgage Reports
The Mortgage Reports is a useful resource for home buyers and has information about home buying, mortgages, and home ownership. The Mortgage Reports publishes timely personal finance news and advice, with a focus on real estate and mortgage financing. The site launched in 2004 to help everyday consumers make sense of the often-confusing world of real estate and mortgage finance. The Mortgage Reports offers unbiased mortgage and real estate information. We aim to move our readers toward their homeownership goals.