Freezing rain is defined as rain kept at below-freezing temperatures by the surrounding air, which subsequently freezes on contact with things like roofs, trees and roads.
The Ontario Building Code (OBC) stipulates a minimum vertical clearance of 750mm (30 inches) from a cooktop to combustible materials such as framing, finishes and cabinetry, unless protected by a non-combustible surface (eg: sheet metal, a metal range hood, etc.)
“We dig a hole in the ground, we call it a well - and we wish water would go into it. We dig another hole in the ground, almost as deep and much wider - we call it a basement, and we wish water wouldn’t go into it.”
Early detection and a quick response can protect your home from mold, wood-destroying fungi and wood-boring insects.
When summer arrives many of us turn our thoughts toward keeping cool, and with that we should turn some of our attention toward attic ventilation. In addition to keeping us warm, and preventing condensation & mold during changeable weather, an adequately insulated and ventilated attic space will reduce the summer heat load in living spaces. A well ventilated attic will function much like a big shade tree!
The A-Z of housing terms from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
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.
Why does condensation occur on interior surfaces?
Condensation can occur on any surface that is below the "dew point" of the air with which it is in contact. The "dew point" is the temperature at which condensation will occur for a given humidity level.
The three most frequently asked questions about air exchangers
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.