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Shortly after aluminum wiring became common place, some overheating problems started to appear. These included flickering lights, warm cover plates on switches and receptacles, and burned insulation on wiring. Any kind of overheating condition can lead to the possibility of fires.
1. Softness: Aluminum is a much softer metal than copper. Electricians who had always worked with copper found that it was very easy to nick, cut, or crush the aluminum wiring when removing insulation or making connections. They had to be gentler. Damaged wire creates local hot spots and results in overheating.
2. Creeping: When electricity flows through wire, the wire heats up. Aluminum wire expands more than copper when it heats up. The repeated expansion and contraction as the wire heated up and cooled down caused to the wire to creep out from under the terminal screws that held the wire in place. This wire creeping resulted in loose connections and overheating.
3. Rusting: When metals rust, they form an oxide on the surface. Rust on steel is red, rust on copper is green, and rust on aluminum is white. It’s not a big problem when copper wiring rusts, since the copper oxide that forms is electrically conductive. It doesn’t interfere with the wire’s ability to do its job. When aluminum wiring rusts, the white oxide is not a very good electrical conductor. It does interfere with the flow of electricity, and again, can cause overheating.
Most insurance companies will not insure a home with galvanized plumbing because it is well past its predicted life span. Galvanized steel pipes, commonly installed in homes prior to 1950, have an average life expectancy of 40–50 years. Over time, the galvanized steel pipes begin to rust or corrode from the inside out, resulting in reduced water pressure and restricted water flow. This presents an increased risk of leaks or ruptures occurring in the pipes and the potential for flood damage. Your insurance company will probably require you to replace galvanized plumbing with copper and plastic piping before providing you with insurance coverage.
Asbestos in your HOME
Older homes will typically have some asbestos as it was used in drywall, floor tile, ceiling tile and in many types of insulation. Removing asbestos can be expensive and involves setting up decontamination and clean zones in the home. Recommend obtaining multiple quotes for any removal. All asbestos removed has to be tagged and disposed of at an approved waste site. If you are thinking about removing the asbestos yourself buy the proper protective equipment and follow accepted guidelines for removal process. Your health could be at stake if you ignore the hazards involved in asbestos removal. Asbestos, as a product, was removed from acceptable housing materials around the mid-1970’s, so if the home is older than 1970, chances are high that somewhere within the home, there is asbestos.
Knob and Tube Wiring, also called Open Wiring, was a common wiring method used in the 1900’s to the late 1940’s.. While not illegal, it can be in poor condition with failing insulation and cracked tubes and insulators. Most home insurance companies will not insure a home with knob and tube wiring installed. Many times an older home will have most of the knob and tube wiring removed but often there may be a circuit or two that is overlooked or ignored due to shoddy workmanship. Never install insulation over exposed knob and tube wiring as it requires an open air space to dissipate any heat build up.
A water potability test will check the water for the presence of the most common, dangerous bacteria such as Coliform, E-coli, and Fecal coliform. Testing can be performed on well water or tap water. In addition to checking for harmful bacterium, a chemical test can be conducted to check for magnesium, iron, lead, fluoride, chlorine, and other chemical compound levels in your water. Most home buyers do not know that if you are buying a home with a well that a typical water potability test done by your Realtor at your kitchen or bathroom sink will not detect feces in the water if there is a UV light and Cartridge Filter installed. The water must be collected prior to any water treatment devices such as softeners, carbon filters, reverse osmosis units and ceramic filters. Bypass, remove or disconnect these devices to ensure that the sample is taken before the water enters these treatment devices.
If you use a wood burning appliance in your home, such as a wood stove, wood-fired furnace, pellet stove or wood-burning fireplace, and never had it WETT inspected, you should arrange for a WETT inspection for the safety of you and your family. Most insurance companies will also require you to obtain a WETT inspection on a new installation, on an existing installation that has undergone a modification, or when you purchase a home equipped with a wood burning appliance.
Building permits are required for just about any renovation project. When you buy a home which has had work done without a building permit you are assuming responsibility for any deficiencies that may exist. Plumbing and electrical systems were installed without proper inspection prior to enclosing work. Any structural change requires a design and a building permit. Protect yourself and your investment by having a professional home inspection prior to purchasing property.
The steel beam supported on concrete column is improperly installed. This should have been observed prior to occupancy permit being issued by City Building Department. This unsafe condition would have continued until possible failure of support except for detection during home inspection.
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Major Areas Covered in our Inspection:
Exterior: siding, flashing and trim, doors and windows, garage door operation, decks, balconies, steps, eaves, soffits, fascia, grading and drainage, driveways, walks and patios
Structure: foundation, floors, walls, columns, ceilings, beams
Plumbing: piping materials and fixtures, waste drains and vent systems, sump pumps, sinks, toilets
Heating & Cooling: furnace, air conditioning, hot water heater, automatic safety controls, pipes, fans and duct systems, insulation and ventilation
Interiors: walls, ceilings, floors, doors, stairways, balconies, railings, counters and cabinets, appliances
Electrical: proper wiring, grounding, polarity, main panel inspection, service entrance, breakers and fusing
With over 10 years of actual home inspection experience we offer a wealth of knowledge for our clients to draw on when purchasing a new home. Roger Frost is a Certified Building Code Official and also a Certified Master Inspector, exceeding all requirements required for your typical home inspector. When combined with over 7 years of experience in Project Reviews for DND and being a former registered builder with HUDAC, you are hiring one of the premier inspectors in Simcoe County.
FREE Thermal imaging is offered with every home inspection. Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows the inspector to show clients things about their homes or buildings that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods. Some of the items a thermal imaging scan can uncover include:
If your new home has a wood burning appliance, such as a fireplace, wood stove or pellet stove, your insurance company will most likely require it to be inspected by a WETT Certified Inspector. The Barrie Home Inspector has been WETT Certified for over 10 years and offers a WETT Inspection for only $50.00 when included as part of home inspection. The Level I inspection is essentially a general overview of the readily accessible parts, clearances, chimney heights, stove location with respect to combustible materials and visual signs to determine if the system meets the CSA Standard B365 (Installation Code for Solid-Fuel-Burning Appliances and Equipment).
Settling sidewalks and sloped uni-stone patios are common causes of water being directed against your foundation. This can allow water or moisture to penetrate you basement wall and even cause potential settling of your foundation. Always ensure your exterior grade will direct water away from your foundations.
Roof shingles come in many colours and patterns. Most typical shingles will have a life expectancy of 18 to 20 years. The shingles installed on the south side roof will normal show signs of deterioration first due to exposure to sunlight. The granular material of the shingle is there to protect your shingle from UV rays of sun. Although there are many shingles which are advertised as 25 or 30 year shingles, it is unusual to see them last more than a couple of extra years when compared to regular shingles.
Electrical wiring issues is by far the most common problem found in most older homes with a renovated basement. The wiring issues are usually un-supported electrical cables, missing junction boxes and adding circuits to existing breakers in main panel. This is always an indication that the home owner has done the work and a licensed electrician should be called in to inspect and repair all the wiring. I will typically recommend that potential buyers ask for an electrical certificate for home which indicates that all wiring has been inspected and passed by licensed electrician.
Any renovation in your home is required to have a building permit. Part of the building permit process is having plumbing, structure, electrical and insulation inspected by your local building officials or electrical authority. When a renovation is done with out taking out a building permit you run the risk of un-seen problems coming back to haunt you and most likely costing a great deal of money to repair.
Annual maintenance and caulking of exterior joints in your home can prevent needless repairs and save you hundreds of dollars. Caulking seams in window sills and ensuring mortar is still in place on brick window sills can save a lot of repairs for a couple of dollars. Just caulking your asphalt driveway at joint where it meets your garage can prevent separation and sinking of driveway.
When installing pot lights in an attic ensure your lights are designed to be installed in insulation. So many home owners just stick a pot light in there attic without checking. This is a huge waste of energy and is also a big fire risk. The insulation in the attic is usually disturbed and not replaced causing more energy loss and increased heating costs.
Some people may feel that there is no need to conduct a Calgary inspection especially if you ought to buy a newly built house. Purchasing your own home is an investment for the future that involves a huge amount of money. It should be able to offer security and comfort to make you relax after a tiring day at work.
Finding a list of potentially perfect place to be your haven is quite easy for some. They sometimes depend on feeling a certain sensation of being at home. However, one needs to stick to the budget and ascertain feasibilities of paying it without having to undergo financial crisis.
Think about the space of the house. Think of what the future may hold like if you are going to get married, the area should accommodate your growing family. As well, observe the neighbourhood and the security it can provide to you. The accessibility of the place should also be considered.
Calgary home inspections are best done with the help of an expert inspector. He can provide assistance in checking out everything from top down to the bottom area. There are few jurisdictions that do not require them to obtain license.
When finding a reliable inspector to help you out, it is best to ask friends if they can recommend someone who provides high quality service. Typically, a checklist is significant in going through this entire process as they serve as your guide. Since hazardous materials are not included in the list, necessary certification is often required to have these inspected.
It is better to accompany the inspector in doing the check up. It will provide an opportunity to inquire about various details while thoroughly observing the house. They are able to scrutinize minute details that may not fit to your expectations of a new house. They ensure that the systems are functional for your comfort.
Upon arriving at a particular conclusion, you then have to make a report where you will be able to summarize the good parts as well as things that needs repair. Through this, you have the chance to renegotiate the actual price and purchase it a lower price. You can include the things you want to be sorted out before finalizing the deal.
An efficient inspector will be able to handle Calgary inspection smoothly. He may follow the checklist for faster but thorough activity. They are known as the experts in this field for their ability to help clients find their ideal home.