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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

Roofing: condition of coverings, drainage systems, flashing’s and gutters, chimneys and skylightsCertified Master Inspector

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:  Pipe Leak in Wall - Barrie Home Inspector

    • heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors;
    • damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems;
    • air-conditioner compressor leaks;
    • under-fastening and/or missing framing members, and other structural defects that can lead to energy loss; andMissing Insulation - Barrie Home Inspector
    • broken seals in double-paned windows.

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).

A basement is an area below the first floor with a minimum height of 6 feet 8 inches. Basements may be created using masonry blocks or poured concrete. Modern homes are typically constructed using forms and poured concrete. Many basements provide added living space, including bedrooms, bath, recreation rooms.

Water can easily enter basements as they are built below grade and are surrounded by soil. Rain and snow run off can create conditions where the water in the soil can leech into the basement through the porous concrete. New basements are typically constructed of poured concrete.

The roof on your home can collect over 600 gallons per 1000 square feet after 1 inch of rain has fallen. Install and maintain gutters and downspouts so that they route all rainwater and snow melt far enough away from the foundation of the building to ensure that pooling does not occur near the walls of the structure. At least 10 feet from the building is best, and at the point where water leaves the downspout, it should be able to flow freely away from the foundation instead of back toward it, and should not be collecting in pools.

One of the most important parts of your homes defense system is the weeping tile and sump pump combination. Weeping tile pipe is placed against and level to the bottom of the foundation footing. Once the weeping tile pipe is completely installed, coarse gravel is placed on top and level with the top of the footing. Any water build up is captured by the weeping tile and carried to the sump pit where it is pumped away from your home.

Newer homes basements are typically protected using a black dimpled product which is attached to perimeter of basement walls. Most home owners think this is a water proofing barrier designed to keep water away from their foundation. The wrap is actually designed to allow water to quickly drain down void, created by the dimples, and enter weeping tile. This prevents any hydraulic water build up against concrete prevent water intrusion.

A sump pump is a pump placed in the basement of a home used to pump water from the basement to the outside or drain into the home’s drainage system. Sump pumps usually work in conjunction with a sump pit, which is a hole dug in the basement of a house which collects water during a rainstorm. The pump then pumps the water out of that sump pit.. A sump pump is usually necessary either in cases where the home’s basement is below the water table level, and or when the home is located in a place where flooding is common.

Learn about Home Inspection and Your Basement for valuable information. Learn about your Home Inspection and Your Foundation prior to buying a home.