Awareness for property owners, managers and the real estate community
Furnace and boiler flues, and chimneys are often neglected. Many homeowners presume that the utility company or their fuel supplier is monitoring them, and don't realize this isn't necessarily true until something goes wrong. As a result, bird's nests and other debris sometimes cause soot and gases to drift back into the house, causing a potentially dangerous situation.
* If there'd been a pre-list inspection, he'd still have them in a row.
Don't let vermiculite, or anything else turn your ducks around.
The overall condition of a property didn't always have such a big impact upon a deal however in recent years, especially in major centres across Canada today Realtors are working more closely with home owners, to sell homes quickly while maintaining higher sales prices. The single most effective method applied is Realtors encouraging sellers to get a home inspection before they list their homes for sale.
While homeowners may require inspection of a woodburning stove, fireplace or furnace for personal safety and insurance purposes, increasing numbers of WETT Certified individuals are declining to provide this service for a variety of reasons.
(NC) There’s nothing like a warm fire on a cold day to nurture your soul. But despite its cozy scent, wood smoke contains pollutants that can be harmful, including chemicals and fine particles. Fine particles can penetrate deep into your lungs and bloodstream, sometimes leading to serious health effects or even death.
(NC) With the winter weather here to stay, many of us are waiting out the cold in the comfort of our homes. Whether you're wishing for warmer days or enjoying your time with indoor activities, it is important to keep home safety top of mind. Here are a few important safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:
Jared and Alicia Galambos are the parents of 4 year-old Mason, who is living with Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome (AHDS), an extremely rare genetic disorder also known as MCT8 deficiency. This young family's entire world came crashing down with Mason’s rare diagnosis. Caring for Mason is now an exhausting 24 hour-a-day job for his parents and comes at great monetary expense.
The following newsletter, directed to WETT wood heating professionals, provides some very sound advice regarding snow loads and chimney bracing.
(NC) While most people associate allergy season with the warmer months, many don’t realize that allergy symptoms and triggers can be even more prevalent as the weather cools. Colder weather means more time spent indoors, and therefore increased exposed to the number one cause of allergies in the home: household dust.
Knob and tube, aka “open wiring” or “K&T”, was installed in most homes up to 1950.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.