Emg PCA Red Flags

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Emg PCA Red Flags

This quiz will test your understanding of Red Flag items that are critical to identify during the completion of a Property Condition Assessment. There are a total of 20 questions. 20 out of 20 is required to pass and a passing score will be added to your training record. You can retake the quiz if you do not pass. The answers to all of the questions can be found on the EMG PCA Red Flags. Doc file, which you should all have. Also, if you get a question wrong, there will be a link at the top of the follow question which will take you back and show you the correct answer and an explanation. Contact Matt Fox ([email protected] Com) with any questions.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is the most reliable method of identifying aluminum wiring at a property?
    • A. 

      Remove the plastic cover at a switch and observe the wiring without removing the switch.

    • B. 

      Ask the maintenance person to remove the cover from a circuit breaker panel in one of the apartments so you can visually observe the branch wiring.

    • C. 

      Rely solely on the statements made by POC.

  • 2. 
    Is the presence of CO/ALAR fixtures at a property with aluminum wiring an acceptable repair to the CPSC and EMG?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 3. 
    What should we recommend if ABS piping identified at an apartment complex might be defective.
    • A. 

      Always recommend that the piping be replaced.

    • B. 

      Recommend the piping be replaced, or set aside funds for additional maintenance, only if the property reports a history of piping failure.

    • C. 

      Recommend that the property management consult an attorney.

  • 4. 
    How many Cadet/Encore wall heaters are subject to recall?
    • A. 

      Approximately 5 million

    • B. 

      195,000

    • C. 

      More than 1.9 million

  • 5. 
    Is a GE Dishwasher manufactured in 2005 with a model number of GDD344 subject to recall?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 6. 
    What are some of the common issues found with engineered wood fiber siding?
    • A. 

      Moisture can infiltrate the siding causing it to warp and separate from the structure.

    • B. 

      The siding is easily damaged, which can result in water infiltration.

    • C. 

      If the siding is not installed or maintained properly, moisture infiltration can occur.

    • D. 

      Moisture infiltration can affect the structure and interior finishes, such as drywall.

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 7. 
    What differentiates T1-11 siding from engineered wood fiber siding?
    • A. 

      Nothing, they are the same materials.

    • B. 

      T1-11 siding is manufactured from plywood.

    • C. 

      T1-11 siding is manufactured from cement material.

  • 8. 
    How do you differentiate between Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) and regular stucco?
    • A. 

      Knock lightly on the material. If it sounds hollow, then it is likely EIFS. If it sounds solid, it is likely stucco.

    • B. 

      Break a hole in the material with a knife or other sharp object to observe the substrate material.

    • C. 

      It is not possible to differentiate between the two materials in the field.

  • 9. 
    What are the issues commonly associated with the use of EIFS.
    • A. 

      EIFS often falls off buildings, creating a hazard to pedestrians.

    • B. 

      EIFS will discolor over time, creating an unsightly appearance.

    • C. 

      EIFS can create issues with moisture infiltrating into the substrate and building interior.

  • 10. 
    Why are Federal Pacific Stab-Lok breakers an engineering issue?
    • A. 

      The breakers trip too easily, creating a nuisance to the user.

    • B. 

      The breakers can catch on fire due to the type of wiring used in the manufacturing process.

    • C. 

      The breakers can be a fire hazard because they may not trip in an overload or short-circuit situation.

  • 11. 
    Which of the following sprinkler head manufacturers have had recalls.
    • A. 

      Central / Omega

    • B. 

      Gem

    • C. 

      Star

    • D. 

      Globe

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 12. 
    If the sprinkler system has passed all inspections, is it ok to assume that there are no recalled sprinkler heads in a buidling?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 13. 
    Is it OK to observe in-place sprinkler heads in a building?
    • A. 

      No, check sprinkler heads in the spare sprinkler head cabinet only.

    • B. 

      Yes, but never touch the sprinkler head and only climb on a safe ladder.

  • 14. 
    When are fused panels a concern?
    • A. 

      All property types.

    • B. 

      Residential properties only.

    • C. 

      Commercial properties only.

  • 15. 
    When does galvanized domestic water piping need to be recommended for replacement?
    • A. 

      Typically an Immediate or Short Term replacement, regardless of whether or not water pressure and other problems have been reported.

    • B. 

      Generally 30 to 40 years after installation. Possibly longer if the property is not experiencing any problems.

    • C. 

      Never, we should only recommend that the galvanized piping be inspected annually by maintenance staff.

  • 16. 
    If you see copper piping at the stub-out (on the outside of the wallboard near sinks and toilets) it is ok to assume that polybutylene piping is not used at the property.
    • A. 

      Yes, the material visible on the outside of the wall will always be the same as the material on the inside.

    • B. 

      No, copper stub outs may have been installed on the ends of polybutylene piping.

  • 17. 
    You should assume all flexible plastic domestic water piping is polybutylene?
    • A. 

      True. It is not possible to differentiate polybutylene from other types of flexible plastic water piping in the field. Therefore, it should all be assumed polybutylene until confirmed by a plumbing contractor.

    • B. 

      False. You must be able to differentiate between polybutylne and other types of flexible plastic water piping, such as PEX.

  • 18. 
    If a recalled PTAC unit is identified at a property, immediate replacement should be recommended.
    • A. 

      True. Immediate replacement is required due to the fire hazard.

    • B. 

      False. The units can typically be repaired at no cost.

  • 19. 
    What circumstances might suggest that hazardous Chinese drywall may have been installed at a building?
    • A. 

      The POC/Occupant reports sulfur or rotten-egg odors.

    • B. 

      Black discoloration is observed on metallic surfaces (copper water piping, etc.)

    • C. 

      The building was constructed between 2000 and 2006.

    • D. 

      The building is located in the southeast United States.

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 20. 
    Why is it important to identify Red Flag issues?
    • A. 

      These are highly litigious issues that can result in potential liability if not identified, especially if client is purchasing the building.

    • B. 

      Identifying Red Flag issues protects our clients and ensures that they will continue to use EMG in the future.

    • C. 

      Red Flag issues can lead to follow-up studies.

    • D. 

      All of the above.