The 5 Minute Sump Pump Test Every Homeowner Should Know

18 March 2015

Tulips still underground? Can’t smell the crocuses yet? Good! Because you want to make sure your sump pump works before spring showers are in full flood! This is a good week to check your sump pump. It’ll only take 5 minutes, and if there’s any problem, you’ll prevent water damage or floods during the rainy […]

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Effective Ventilation System Maintenance Stops Ice Damming

09 March 2015

Without a working ventilation system on your roof, your home could thaw out snow and ice on the roof, turning it to water. The water pools, then freezes and melts again causing roof damage and leaks. – And for home owners who haven’t done regular maintenance on their roof, that means water damage from ice damming! After […]

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Posted in Chimney and vent, Heating-Cooling, Insulation-Ventilation, Roofing516 Comments

Best time to test for Radon? Winter. Here’s why

24 February 2015

The best time to test for radon is during cold months, when your doors and windows are tightly closed, keeping radon trapped in your home. As the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada next to smoking, you don’t want this invisible odorless gas getting into your lungs. While radon is naturally occurring radioactive gas, […]

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Posted in Home Inspection info, Indoor Air Quality, Specialized Inspections534 Comments

Honey, is our Dryer Vent made out of Flammable Flexible Tubing?

Honey, is our Dryer Vent made out of Flammable Flexible Tubing?

24 February 2015

Sound crazy? It’s not. It’s unbelievable how often we see homes with flammable dryer vents installed, filled with lint, all ready to catch a spark. It’s winter. Not a lot of clothes hanging out on the ‘cord-a-linge’ this time of year. Most of us are using our dryers, and we’re putting a lot of wooly […]

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Posted in Home Inspection info, Insulation and Ventilation710 Comments

Crack, Snap, Boom! House Noises in the Night

20 January 2015

Snap Crackle Boom! Why is my house making cracking sounds in the night? We got a call a couple of weeks ago from a man in a panic because he’d heard his home making a huge boom sound in the night. “My house made a huge big bang sound in the middle of the night! Something must have […]

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Posted in Heating-Cooling, Structure697 Comments

Sewer Odours in Your House? Get the P Trap Fundamentals

20 January 2015

It’s mind baffling. When that smell starts to come into your home, and you’re looking for the unflushed toilet, or the doggie accident, or the poopy diaper you may have forgotten, and you just can’t figure it out… Where is that smell coming from? Often, this means your home has a sewer drainage and/or ventilation […]

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Top 5 Gingerbread House Construction Issues

16 December 2014

We do a lot of home inspections. This year, we decided to take a crack at inspecting gingerbread houses for the holidays! …we got laughed out of the bakeries. But we did come out of it with 5 key gingerbread home inspection tips we’d like to share with you. Enjoy!  Top 5 Gingerbread House problems 1 […]

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Posted in Holidays516 Comments

A Cinderblock Story – the tale of a crumbling cement wall (Part 3/3)

24 November 2014

(…continued from A Cinderblock Story part 2/3)  Now I just had to ask the neighbour if it would be okay because (as you might recall) according to the city I needed permission occupy even a couple of inches of “air” beyond my property to the neighbour’s house with aluminium. I talked to the neighbour, and after […]

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Half a million holiday lights, oh my!

24 November 2014

Light up the night for the holidays, it makes everybody feel the holiday cheer! Some folks take outdoor holiday decorating very seriously: take the Forrest couple and their kids. David and Janean Richards  and their 3 kids have strung up enough lights to break the Guiness book of world records clocking in at 502,165 flashing […]

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Posted in Electrical, Exterior451 Comments

Gifts for Homeowners that keep on giving

23 November 2014

Welcome home! Yes, the welcome mat is definitely at the top of every new homeowner’s wish list, and maybe a plunger and a keychain, but wait! Have you considered you might need to maintain that home? A little DIY is always in the cards when you own your own home – not to mention, hanging […]

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Posted in Electrical481 Comments

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