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Kitec Plumbing

Kitec Plumbing

  What is Kitec Plumbing? One recent plumbing innovation, known as “Kitec Plumbing”, was introduced in Canada in 1995, and was used until 2007. “Kitec” was the most common brand it was sold under, but the following brands were also used: AmbioComfort AQUA KERR...
Electrical Inspections

Electrical Inspections

What is ElecCheck? ElecCheck is an inspection of your home’s electrical wiring and/or devices by an ElecCheck inspector to identify potential electrical hazards that could lead to a fire or shock. ElecCheck will be available across Ontario, for homes that meet...
Permit or No Permit

Permit or No Permit

Permit or No Permit? So you finally decided to build a deck at the back of your house to host this summer’s family gathering. And while you’re at it, you figure it’s time to add a utility shed to your back yard to store that shiny, new lawnmower. Before starting on...
Insuring an Older Home

Insuring an Older Home

Insurability Issues when Buying an Older Home Thinking about buying a character home? The issues outlined below may impact your ability to insure your home. And if the insurance industry won’t cover a home, the banks won’t provide a mortgage. According to the...
Basement Apartments

Basement Apartments

                  LIVING DOWN UNDER    With proper planning, your new basement apartment can be a smooth and uneventful project. There are many requirements that must be met; most of them are established by the Building Code in your area and your Municipal by-laws....
Remodeling a Bathroom

Remodeling a Bathroom

Homeowners and house flippers love to remodel bathrooms. Why not? Next to kitchen remodeling, bathrooms are one of the best bangs for the remodeling buck. Bathroom remodeling deficiencies, whether done through ignorance or carelessness, are quite common. Take your...
Interior Weeping Tile Drainage System

Interior Weeping Tile Drainage System

What is an interior weeping tile system?   An interior weeping tile system, also referred to as an internal perimeter drain system, is internal waterproofing that is the alternative to foundation excavation and waterproofing usually for a concrete block foundation....
12 Signs your home was a marijuana grow-op

12 Signs your home was a marijuana grow-op

CBC News · Posted: Mar 08, 2013 5:43 AM ET | Last Updated: March 8, 2013 There are particular signs to look out for that indicate you might be living in a former marijuana grow-op. Police dismantle an average of 23 grow operations each year. Some by-laws lays out how...
Is Your Fuse Panel Safe?

Is Your Fuse Panel Safe?

       Commander fuse panels are no longer CSA certified. No longer CSA certified means that it would not be acceptable to install this panel in a home today. It does not mean that it must be removed from your home if you have one. There are certified replacement...
Basement Bedrooms: Required Egress

Basement Bedrooms: Required Egress

Safety: Basement Bedrooms Required Egress (or How to get out in an emergency) While a Home Inspection is not a code inspection and older homes are built to codes that are maybe not as strict as more modern ones, a Home Inspection, performed by a Professional Home...
How to Maintain a Deck

How to Maintain a Deck

Get expert tips to improve the look of your deck and make it last longer. By: Matt Fox How long has it been since you did a little maintenance on your deck? When was the last time you stained it? Well, let’s take a few minutes to review some of the things you...
WET Basements-What to look for

WET Basements-What to look for

  A major complaint among home owners is the musty smell, dampness and water damage that are signs of a wet basement or crawl space. In this country 60 percent of all houses suffer below ground wetness. Within the first 20 years there is an 80 to 90 percent...
How is the insulation in your home?

How is the insulation in your home?

Its been a long cold winter so far. Do you feel its been maybe too cold inside the house!? How is the insulation in your attic? Spring/summer would be the time to think about that before next winter, because winter is coming! Winter is always coming!……read...
Electrical Fire Safety Tips

Electrical Fire Safety Tips

Do you know the warning signs that indicate that electrical could be an issue? Dimming lights Tripping circuit breakers Reliance on extension cords Overloading outlets Loose plugs Hot receptacles Strange or distinctive odors in the vicinity of receptacles or switches...
Structural Cracks

Structural Cracks

Not all structural cracks are serious…but do you know which types of cracks can cause problems? Check it out!  https://www.canadianhomeinspection.com/real-estate-resources/basement-wall-structure-components/structural-cracks/ Structural Cracks What are the...
Eco-Friendly Ice Melt Alternatives

Eco-Friendly Ice Melt Alternatives

Salt does do a great job of melting ice and snow through the winter but its bad news for your pets, the environment and your garden. Pets get salt on their paws which causes cracking, salt corrodes metal, damages concrete and wreaks havoc on your garden and lawn. With...