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Is Your Basement Leaky?

Water Damage Concerns Basements are typically the area of a structure most at risk for water damage because they are located below grade and surrounded by soil.  Soil releases water it has absorbed during rain or when snow melts, and the water can end up in the basement through leaks or cracks. Water can even migrate through solid […]
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Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Here are some tips for a first time home buyer, these are useful for those that feel their last purchase didn’t go the way they wanted to. Buying a home is your single, largest purchase you are going to make in your life, some of us find that forever home while others start small and […]
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Is Your Attic Hatch Costing You Money?

Posted on January 4, 2016
Is your Attic Access costing you money? Many homeowners now have invested in insulating attics, some using DIY tips and tricks or others that have hired a professional to insulate our attics. Many new homes have been built to newer standards, but still don’t meet current building codes. Most attic hatches have a minimum of […]
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Having your Home Pre Inspected

Are you getting ready or thinking of selling your home? With the market holding mortgage prices at an all time low, now is the best time to either up-size or even downsize your home. Now is the time to make the change. Most people will tell you staging and cleaning out your closets will prepare […]
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Preparing for Winter

OK, let’s start with the basics of making sure you have heat when you need it. The time to check that is in the fall, no later than the end of October. Give your system a test run through and make sure all systems are “GO”. Heating System Checklist   Test Run: Turn the thermostat […]
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Sump Pump Operation and Inspection Guide

Sump Pump Operation and Inspection Guide Sump pumps are self-activating electrical pumps that protect homes from moisture intrusion. They are usually installed below basement or crawlspace floors to remove rising groundwater and surface runoff before it has a chance to seep into the home. Accumulated water can cause interior damage and encourage the growth of […]
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Three Deadly Mistakes Every Home Buyer Should Avoid

Three Deadly Mistakes Every Home Buyer Should Avoid   Deadly Mistake #1: Thinking you can’t afford it. Many people who thought that buying the home they wanted was simply out of their reach are now enjoying a new lifestyle in their very own homes. Buying a home is the smartest financial decision you will ever […]
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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

This was taken from the Ontario Associations of Fire Chiefs. With it being law in Ontario since 1 April 2015, I am still inspecting houses that have not added them yet. You can be fined, or worse your family could suffer from the negative effects of CO2 poisoning.   Carbon Monoxide Please be advised that […]
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The Importance of an Anti Scald Valve

Anti-scald valves, also known as tempering valves and mixing valves, mix cold water in with outgoing hot water so that the hot water that leaves a fixture is not hot enough to scald a person. Facts and Figures Scalds account for 3% of all burns. More than 1500 Canadian children are scalded each year, mostly […]
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Do You Have These 15 Basic Tools in Your Home?

Do You Have These 15 Basic Tools in Your Home?   The following items are essential tools, but this list is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to ask an InterNACHI inspector during your next inspection about other tools that you might find useful.   1. Plunger A clogged sink or toilet is one of […]
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