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Barrie Home Inspections is an inspection company that focuses on one individual home at a time, ensuring each customer receives a thorough building inspection, undivided attention and a caliber of customer service which is second to none. Our personalized home inspections start on the exterior of your home and entail the through examination of your potential new home from basement to attic. Our training, education and experience brings to the building industry a wealth of experience from many disciplines including building, design, construction and structural engineering. Performing home inspections in Barrie for over 10 years.
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.
Light is basically divided into two categories for the purpose of thermal imaging, visible light and invisible light. There is an almost infinite range of light beyond human range of vision. Light, as described in physics, is an electromagnetic wave that propagates through space at a fixed speed. This wave is further identified by its wave length, frequency and energy. As displayed below the actual wavelengths visible to the human eye is quite small.
Human eyes only see light in the wavelength range from 400 to 750 nm (nanometers). X rays and Gamma rays were initially thought to be particle rays rather than light rays, hence the terms rays. Radio waves are an example of low-energy light waves, and they are often described in terms of their frequency.
Sir William Herschel way back in the 1800’s discovered the presence of the invisible spectrum by using a prism and thermometers. He called his discovery thermometric spectrum, later this came to be known as infrared.
Although un-able to detect the volume of air leakage in a building the infrared device can identify the area of leakage. This is a quick and reliable method for testing the building envelope for leaks or failure of systems. Cold areas are quickly detected by using a infrared camera in the hands of an experienced professional. Prevention and detection are the two main uses of Thermal Imaging.
The main benefits of using an infrared camera are these; investigating air leakage areas prior to enclosing a structure which can save both time and money. Preparing structure for more exhaustive testing if any problems are detected during thermal imaging scans; Finding areas of air movement or moisture penetration which may cause damage or failure to the building products. Potentially protecting you from future expenses and repairs; Any exterior air pathways through the building envelope can also allow moisture to penetrate which can then be protected once identified. Failure to find these deficiencies can lead to rotting or material and mould growth; Professional inspectors who perform Energy Audits use blower doors to create a negative pressure in the home. The infrared camera can then identify all areas of air passage in the home. This can save time and money and ensure all defects in building envelope are identified and corrected.
During home inspections the infrared camera can be used to find hidden water leaks, missing insulation and leaks in window and door areas. The Barrie Home Inspector has been using the Thermal Imaging camera on home inspections for the past eight years and was the first to use this technology in Simcoe County.
Inspecting and cleaning fireplaces and chimneys is essential for the safety and efficiency of your wood burning unit. Remember, some projects are better left to professionals, but with basic tools and common sense, you can get a pretty good idea of the condition of yours.
Start by cleaning your fireplaces firebox. Brush the sides and bottom with a stiff broom or chimney brush. Vacuum out the loosened ashes and if possible remove the andirons.
Some of the items you will want to ensure meet your installation requirements are; ensure you have adequate length of vent pipe, use only rated products for your pellet stove, eliminate use of elbows if possible, ensure vent pipe is all the same size and always use a surge protector for outlet.
Inspecting the chimney involves an interior and exterior inspection of metal or masonry chimney. If climbing a roof is an issue then a professional should be called in. Any chimney must have adequate capacity, the correct height, proper location, proper clearance from combustibles and proper mechanical support to be safe. When an efficient airtight stove is selected and installed with a proper chimney, the proper operation of stove is largely dependent on the skill of the operator.
Inspect the roof, this usually involves climbing a ladder to access the masonry or metal chimney. Remove chimney cap or cover and shine a powerful light into chimney to look for harmful creosote build up or damaged flue tiles.
A vent shall not terminate less than 2.1 m above any public sidewalk, lane or street or right of way. It shall not be within 1.8 m of a mechanical air supply inlet to a building. The vent shall not be within 1 m of a building opening or air inlet or another appliance or within 1 meter of the center line of an exterior gas meter.
If you are buying an older home with a masonry fireplace it is always recommended that you hire a professional chimney sweep to clean chimney prior to having WETT inspection. It is impossible to see cracked tiles or deterioration if chimney has layer of soot and creosote on tiles. Cleaning chimney will remove soot and creosote and allow proper inspection of fireplace chimney. Usually professional chimney sweeps are also WETT Certified.