Big tree? Big Problems. Clay Drain to Blame.

24 September 2015

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. –Aristotle Buying that old pre-1970’s house with the beautiful big tree in the front yard? Idyllic, isn’t it? Add a beautiful stone path, some shrubs, perhaps a screen porch, some flowerbeds and a fountain. But what lies beneath? What might you find in the […]

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Posted in Exterior, Plumbing518 Comments

Brand New Home or Renovated Home? Could be Toxic for Baby and Grandma

02 July 2015

If you’re buying a new home or one less than 5 years old, chances are good that you’re going to have some VOC emissions and off-gassing from construction materials, design elements (paint, varnishes and wallpaper) and from carpets and new furniture. Formaldehyde is one of the most common human carcinogens found in a new home, […]

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Posted in Home Inspection info, Indoor Air Quality, Insulation and Ventilation728 Comments

Increased VOC Emissions from Attached Garage in Summer

15 June 2015

We have a summer project for you: remove gasoline, solvents, pesticides and toxic cleaning products from your indoor garage (or worse, basement) and put them in a shed away from the building. Chemical emissions from your attached garage could be harming your health. A scientific study published in the Environmental Research Journal showed that nearly all […]

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Posted in Basement, Garage715 Comments

Costly Contamination: When Rusty Pipes and Oil Tanks Leak

10 June 2015

On a recent home inspection, we smelled oil in the home. Inhabited by an elderly person who spent most of her time alone, she didn’t know where the smell came from. We investigated. Then, when we went around outdoors, and saw the oil pipe. It looked almost like a tree trunk! This pipe, which supplied oil to the […]

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Posted in Exterior, Heating-Cooling, Specialized Inspections508 Comments

The homebuyer checklist for couples

01 June 2015

Inspector Ivan Mose shares his observations of couples in the process of buying a home. Through my work as a home inspector, I meet a lot of couples. They’re either buying their first home, or moving from another city, or starting a family or a new life in a new part of town. I know […]

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Posted in Featured, Specialized Inspections500 Comments

Top 10 Problems Found During a New Condo Home Inspection

19 May 2015

How many professionals does it take to build or renovate your new condo? Well, there’s the designer, the architect, technicians, framer, plumber, cabinet-maker or installer, masonry professional, welder, dry-wall finisher, painter, pipe fitter, iron worker, joiner, concrete pourer, numerous construction foremen, workers, apprentices and a whole lot more folks. But the only people you have […]

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Posted in Condo, Home Inspection info666 Comments

Water-Cooled Air Conditioner: Illegal in Montreal as of 2018

22 April 2015

(Plus a Montreal water usage primer!) Watering your lawn at 7am? First offence: $200 to $500, and up to $1000 for a second offence. -And as of January 2018, running an air-conditioner connected to the aqueduct that does not have a water recycling system will be prohibited and fined, according to  Montreal By-law 13-023. The […]

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Posted in Heating-Cooling, Seasonal685 Comments

Spring Cleaning Time! Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Correctly

22 April 2015

Pesticides, Coolant, paint thinners, chlorine, used oil, bleach, propane tanks, oven cleaners and aerosol cans are all hazardous waste that don’t belong in your home; and they need to be disposed of properly. There are corrosive, flammable, explosive and poisonous substances contained in many household products. They are dangerous to you, your family, the garbage […]

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Posted in Garage, Indoor Air Quality, Seasonal669 Comments

Beautiful laminate flooring? MAY CONTAIN: cancer-causing formaldehyde

Beautiful laminate flooring? MAY CONTAIN: cancer-causing formaldehyde

22 April 2015

A CBC 60 Minutes report last month found that laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators, manufactured in China, is assembled using glue containing high levels of formaldehyde. The company sold over $1 billion of merchandise in 2014. Signs of formaldehyde Wheezing, running eyes, coughing, breathing problems are all symptoms of high levels of formaldehyde. Families […]

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Posted in Indoor Air Quality757 Comments

Simple Solutions to a Leaky Basement

18 March 2015

Smell something mouldy, mildew-y or sour coming from your basement or crawl space? Make no mistake: you’ve got a leaky basement. Spring is a likely time of year for moisture problems to rise up in your basement, and a good time to pay attention to how your home is weathering the spring. As snow melts, air […]

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Posted in Basement, Indoor Air Quality, Seasonal677 Comments

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