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.
Prior to the novel coronavirus, respiratory diseases were already on the rise in Canada. According to the Asthma Society of Canada, one in every four households has a family member suffering of asthma, allergies or some other chronic respiratory illness. With Canadians spending 90% of their time indoors, poor indoor air quality is a big contributor. Indoor air at home, and at work can be 100 times more poluted than outdoor air!
The current situation is severely curbing our everyday marketing, sales and processing of real estate transactions. Buyers, sellers, lenders and everyone in the real estate community is affected.
Fortunately, we have electronic solutions which facilitate a safer environment for everyone involved. The internet is in fact, tailor-made for the pandemic world we’re in right now.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.