SOLID MASONRY VS BRICK VENEER
While this issue is not at the centre of the unity debate, we in Ontario should realize that Canadians in the rest of this country think we're a little nuts because of our fixation with brick houses. Our theory is that people in Ontario were raised on stories like the "Three Little Pigs". We want a house that nobody can huff and puff and blow down.
Early detection and a quick response can protect your home from mold, wood-destroying fungi and wood-boring insects.
The A-Z of housing terms from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
A rubble stone, or rubble trench foundation is an ancient construction practice, popularized in the early 20th century by American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959.) Loose stone or rubble reduce the volume of concrete and promote drainage, however this practice is not suitable for some soil conditions, or for excavated basement areas which will not support the rubble from both side of the foundation wall. Other probelms include poor, or unsuitable mixtures of cement including lime mortar, the use of un-washed, native sand and other aggregates, and the use of salts to promote curing in cold weather.
Partition separation is cracking that develops between interior partition walls and ceilings or floors, usually characterized by gaps opening in winter and closing in summer.
The subterranean termite Reticulitermis flavipes (Kollar) is probably the most destructive and widely distributed species in North America. This species has acclimatized to southern Ontario to such a degree that 27 municipalities report some degree of infestation.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.