Valuable Tips & Advice for Home Owners
Failing to properly ventilate your attic can allow moisture to build up and will eventually cause mould and damage to your sheathing and shingles. Over the years the required insulation for homes has changed. Newer homes will typically have R-50 of insulation installed.
Your furnace is just like your car, the better you maintain it the longer it will last, saving you money and headaches. You should have a contractor do annual maintenance on your furnace and air conditioner. Some of the items included in a maintenance inspection will include the following: Check thermostat settings to ensure programmable […]
Concrete and Your Home by the Barrie Building Inspector Tarion reports that each year a significant percent of basements are constructed with serious defects. At the same time, home buyers are demanding a higher standard of quality workmanship and moisture control than ever before. Part of this is due to consumer education by Home Inspections, […]
Urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI) – What’s the Truth Urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI) has been used as an insulating material in North America since the mid-1960’s and in Europe for several decades. It is estimated that 100,000 homes in Canada and 500,000 homes in the United States are insulated with Urea Formaldehyde insulation. This […]
Common Home Inspection Deficiencies Double Taps in Panel – A double tap in an electrical panel refers to added wires at fuse connections so as to increase the number of circuits that are available to the electrical system. This is accomplished by connecting two conductors (electrical cables) to one terminal of a circuit breaker, and or two neutral conductors under one screw […]
Ozone Generators Consumer Alert – Buyer Beware Thinking about hiring the services of a “Ozone Generator” contractor to clean the new home your thinking about buying or had a fire or water leak that is creating odours that you need to have removed. Read this article before committing your finances to this un-proven method. Most […]
Commercial building roofs which have no visible leaks can be quickly assessed to find any penetrations that have started but not yet fully penetrated. Leaks around vents, ducts, HVAC penetrations are quickly identified. Air leakage is the primary source of heat loss in a commercial building envelope. A complete thermal scan of your building can identify where and causes of air infiltration.
Basement Crack Repair Injection epoxy resins and urethane foam systems are the two most widely used materials in the repair of leaking cracks in concrete basement walls. Crack injection (with either injection epoxies, polyurethane foams, or polyurethane grouts) is the best and most economical method for repair of a leaking crack on the wall of a poured […]
Century Home Inspections Real estate buyers cannot seem to get enough good quality Century Homes. Anytime I am inspecting a fairly well maintained century home it seems that the buyers were just about always in a bidding war with someone else who also wanted the property. Considering the work and expense usually involved in fixing […]