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Damp Basement and Crawl Space

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Basements | Comments Off on Damp Basement and Crawl Space

Many times proper grading and water control around the house will take care of minor water infiltration into a basement or crawlspace. The following are some step by step recommendations, starting with the least expensive. Once the conditions have been changed, routine monitoring of all of the lower levels will be required. Fill any pockets or holes along the foundation; create a grade away from the house minimum 1/2″ per foot. Extend all downspouts and other water discharges a minimum of 10′ away from structure. Remove any...

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Mold and Mildew

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Mold | Comments Off on Mold and Mildew

Mold is a microorganism that has tiny seeds, or spores, that spread through the air and feed on organic matter wherever they land. It has been in existence throughout human history, and actually contributes to the life process. There is literally mold in every breath we take. Benign There are thousands of known species of molds, many molds such as mildew that commonly appear on ceramic tiles in bathrooms and window frames are considered benign and do not usually constitute a health threat, but they should be removed. Allergens Some are...

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Aluminum Wiring

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Electrical | Comments Off on Aluminum Wiring

In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s copper prices rose and contractors/electricians switched from copper to lower costing aluminum wiring. Although no longer used in distribution circuits (the small wires in a house or condo that carries electricity to the plugs and switches), aluminum wiring is still used today in certain applications. For example, 240 volt circuits for stoves and dryers. It sometimes is used on the main service entrance wire from the road to the house. The conductivity of aluminium is not as good as copper so...

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Frequently Asked Questions – Vermiculite Insulation Containing Asbestos

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Insulation | Comments Off on Frequently Asked Questions – Vermiculite Insulation Containing Asbestos

The Government of Canada is informing Canadians about the potential risks to health posed by vermiculite insulation containing asbestos. Some vermiculite insulation may contain asbestos fibres. These products can cause health risks if disturbed during maintenance, renovation or demolition. However, there is currently no evidence of risk to your health if the insulation is sealed behind wallboards and floorboards, isolated in an attic, or otherwise kept from exposure to the interior environment. View a list of common building materials that...

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Knob & Tube Wiring

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Electrical | Comments Off on Knob & Tube Wiring

Knob and tube wiring is commonly found in homes over 60 years of age and consists of single hot  and neutral  wires, separated by knobs (or insulators) and ceramic tubes. Knob and tube wiring is considered a higher risk than contemporary wiring installations mainly because there is no ground wire (in contrast to contemporary wiring) the exposed wires in attics and basements  are highly susceptible to wearing and physical damage the wires sheathing becomes brittle due to heat and exposure over time much of the systems wires are enclosed in the...

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Home Inspection 101

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Home Inspection 101

Upon talking to my clients they will ask me what exactly is it that I do on a Home Inspection? What will I be looking for? Well, this is what I do…… Lot grading and drainage The first thing I do is to take a step back and take a macro view of the property. I evaluate the overall lot grading, asking myself these questions: Does it have a steep slope? How is the home affected? Is the home sitting proud or are there areas sloped towards the building? From a distance, I also look at the building itself, noting: How is the roof water managed? How...

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