21/2/2019 0 Comments
water powered sump pumps
Water-jet sump pumps or "sump-jets" as they are sometimes called, can be a reliable back-up to your standard sump pump in the event of a power outage or pump failure during extreme weather conditions.
9/2/2019 0 Comments
more about pex piping
Although simple PEX (polyethylene, cross-linked) plastic tubing still seems to be reliable, similar tubing with an aluminum core "PEX-AL-PEX" is known to split, and installations made prior to 2007 are also prone to failure due to corroded brass fittings.
9/2/2019 0 Comments
How do i spot kitec?
Short Guide to Identifying IPEX Plastic Piping, Connectors and Fittings
Kitec tubing was sold in Canada and the United States for a range of applications including water supply and distribution piping, and in-floor heating systems. System failures resulting in leaks - and often substantial property damage, led to a class action suit and eventually a settlement agreement.
8/2/2019 0 Comments
what the heck is kitec?
Kitec is a plastic plumbing system installed Canadian and US homes from the early 1990’s until it was initially recalled in 2005, with some installations completed as late as 2007. In addition to hot and cold water piping in homes it was also used for in-floor, and other hot water radiant heating systems.
Premature failure has led to a cross-border class-action lawsuit.
25/1/2019 0 Comments
REMOVING ICE FROM ROOFS
Ice melting socks! (nylon hose filled with safety salt)
The Ice Storm that hit eastern Canada in 1998 gave rise to extensive research into ice accumulation on roofs. Many of the techniques discovered are for skilled tradespeople only. No ice problem on a roof is serious enough to risk broken bones—or worse. And there is a delicate balance between removing ice and damaging the roof.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.
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