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Increased VOC Emissions from Attached Garage in Summer

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

Simple Solutions to a Leaky Basement

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

Montreal Ecocenters: clean up & give your junk a second life

Looking at that pile of old clothes or even old furniture, thinking about what you should do with it? You’ve got useful junk, but you don’t use it. It’s hard to throw things away when you know they could still be useful at some point, to someone. -But if you want to de-clutter, and you haven’t […]

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Posted in Basement, Garage, Seasonal697 Comments

7% of Canadian homes contain radon. Does yours?

Next to smoking, it’s the second leading cause of lung cancer. -You don’t want it in your home. The results from a two-year study conducted by Health Canada’s National Radon Program indicate that 6.9% of Canadians are living in homes with radon levels above the current radon guideline level, and there are no homes in […]

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Posted in Basement, Featured, Heating-Cooling, Indoor Air Quality, Specialized Inspections, Structure503 Comments

Is your garage fuming? Keep noxious gases out of your home

While you and your family cocoon in the family room just off the garage, or sleep snugly in a bedroom right over it, you may all be breathing in varying amounts of noxious fumes emanating from the garage. -And with our long Canadian winters with windows shut and sealed, you could be exposed for several […]

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Posted in Basement, Featured, Garage, Indoor Air Quality, Specialized Inspections692 Comments

Your House Stinks! Time for an Indoor Air Quality check?

Every house has a signature smell, a certain “Eau de Family Home”. There’s the smelly socks in the living room, the hair spray and aftershave in the bathroom, cooking smells from the kitchen, the moth balls in the closet, the wet dog in the hallway and that musky smell of sheets and clothes waiting to […]

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Posted in Basement, Indoor Air Quality, Insulation and Ventilation9 Comments

Critters in the Crawlspace

This gives new meaning to the term “crawlspace”. How would you feel about inheriting a family of racoons with your new home? Say hello to your downstairs tenants. They refuse to pay rent, and make a mess. You could try taking them to the Régie du logement… then again, well…  good luck with that… Raccoons may […]

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Basement Renovation Plans? Invest in plumbing and electrical first!

Basement Renovation Plans? Invest in plumbing and electrical first!

Planning a basement reno? You’re probably really looking forward to the extra storage space, a floating floor, something to cover up those metal columns, and seeing the tv, videogames, toys and piano finally out of the main living/dining space. But before you go admiring paint swatches while your “handy” friend calculates the cost of lumber, […]

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Posted in Basement, Electrical690 Comments

Honey, call 911 – the house is tipping

Honey, call 911 – the house is tipping

911 – the house across the street is tipping! What? Neighbours called firefighters when they noticed this house was noticeably off-kilter last week. The basement was being excavated by a construction crew. More about this and original photo on CBC: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/toronto-house-began-tilt-during-reno-demolished-193135374.html    

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Posted in Basement, Exterior, Featured12 Comments

Basements are for Potatoes

Basements are for Potatoes

— And no, not couch potatoes If that’s what you were thinking, then you’re not alone. Millions of Canadians use their basements as living space, thinking it’s the ideal space to set up a family room, games room, or even kids’ bedrooms. But in truth, it takes a great deal of careful design and maintenance […]

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