It was Brighton, UK in the summer of 1987. The framed needlepoint notice above the seaside B&B throne read "And now, wash your hands!" Fast-forward thirty-three years and the illuminated signs on Hwy 401 in southern Ontario say the same thing. "Wash your hands."
There is no question that if you've been infected by the novel coronavirus or have symptoms of the COVID-19 illness, you should not leave your home unless directed otherwise. If you have no symptoms or reason to believe you’ve been exposed, you don’t have to lock yourself in your home... however health authorities are advising us to practice “social distancing” to contain the spread of the virus, primarily by avoiding contact and working from home if we can.
A booster pump improves water flow and pressure. It provides the extra boost needed to bring your water pressure to the desired level.
Cost-conscious consumers sometimes find out too late that trying to save money on an inspection can result in an inadequate report. More often homebuyers find that the advertised fees for home inspections don’t always include things like basement apartments and woodstoves.
In response to a flood of inquiries about getting into the home inspection business, we offer the following notes on becoming a Professional Home Inspector, which we hope are helpful in evaluation of this profession as a career objective.
If your water heater is getting older, it’s a good idea to shop for a replacement before you run out of hot water, or worse… wake up to water all over the floor!
Energy costs will vary depending upon how you heat your home, the age of your home and whether your older home's insulation, windows and mechanical systems have been upgraded.
When you’re involved in the purchase or sale of a home, whether you are a Realtor, homeowner or purchaser you may already own, or you may encounter something referred to as a "combination heating system."
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.)
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.