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Unfinished Basements and Crawlspaces

Routine Preventative Maintenance for Unfinished Basements and Crawlspaces If your home has an unfinished basement or crawlspace, a good preventative maintenance activity after winter is to check it for water ingress and look at the systems visible therein (plumbing – waste and piping, heating ducts etc).  Houses that are built on hillside lots, or those […]

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Asbestos Home Inspection

Homes built before 1990 are more likely to contain asbestos products.  The only method to confirm the presence of asbestos is by means of a laboratory analysis.  This is beyond the scope of a visual home inspection. Asbestos is only a health hazard if it becomes friable (airborne) and this will only become problematic if […]

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Moss and Tree Debris on Roofs

The definition of a roof, according to Wikipedia is: “Part of a building envelope. It is the covering on the uppermost part of a building or shelter which provides protection from animals and weather, notably rain or snow, but also heat, wind and sunlight. The word also denotes the framing or structure which supports that […]

Infrared cameras and Home Inspections

Infrared cameras and Home Inspections

Using Infrared Thermal Imaging for Home Inspections Anyone can buy and use an infrared camera. Many Licensed Home Inspectors are using infrared cameras as part of a home inspection.  The term for using infrared cameras and correctly interpreting the results is known as “Infrared Thermography”.

Checking Your Attic For Mould

Remember to check your attic!! Checking your attic should form part of a routine house maintenance program. The attic is a great way of checking for roof leaks and doing this on a regular basis means that any leak will be detected before it can do major, and costly, damage to your roof structure. Especially […]