Keeping your feet warm is the key to comfort, which is one reason why homeowners are increasingly turning to hydronic radiant heating systems over conventional methods.
Ontarians deserve access to clean, safe water. This means keeping water free of pollutants and contaminants that could harm the environment and human health.
Polybutyline (aka Poly-B or PB) water piping was used in many homes built from 1970 to the mid-1990s. Polybutylene water piping is no longer accepted by building codes and has been the subject of class action lawsuits due to problems with broken pipes and water damage.
Technological advances in recent years now allow most modern basements to be made into comfortable living space. However, all basements are vulnerable to some water penetration during their lifespan.
Ordinary sump pumps need electricity to operate, but water-powered sump pumps work without electricity – so they can pump water out of your foundation drains during a black-out, or if your primary sump pump fails.
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.
Q: Since we have been on higher water pressure from a new source, we are getting more noise in the pipes.
Class 4 septic systems are divided into two components, the septic tank and the septic field or leaching bed. Waste is piped out of the house into the septic tank, which is essentially a water clarification tank, in which anaerobic bacteria break the waste down into solids (sludge), liquid effluent, and scum.
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.
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.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.