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Dating Houses - How old do you think it is?

As home inspectors, we need to approximate the age of the homes we inspect.  We have a variety of techniques that can assist us in attempting to make this determination. For example, in newer subdivisions dates from manhole covers are stamped with the year the infrastructure was installed.  Sometimes the year is also stamped onto sidewalks, and curbs. Another method is to look at the windows of the...
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What is Carbon Monoxide ?

CARBON MONOXIDE Every home inspection that is conducted is looking for clues that may indicate possible Carbon Monoxide  (CO) issues.  CO  is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can be derived from multiple sources in a typical Toronto home.  It can have a very serious impact on human health  found in high concentrations in confined spaces. Some of the items that contribute  to CO in home may...
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Heating Efficiency

What does Heating Efficiency really mean? When conducting home inspections, we examine a variety of heating systems in the Toronto area.  By far the most common are the forces air gas systems, which vary from conventional, mid efficiency, and high efficiency.  You may have heard the term high efficiency heating systems but what does that really mean and what are the major items that contribute to?  It...
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We encourage clients and real estate agents to call us with technical questions. We get lots of them - and the flavor of the month is condensation. We don't want to bore you with technical terms like vapor pressure differential. Let's keep this simple. There are two rules at work here: When warm moist air touches something cool, condensation will form. Warm air can hold a lot of moisture; cold...
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Brick Houses - Solid Masonry vs. Brick Veneer

There are two different types of brick houses in Ontario, brick veneer and solid masonry. Solid Masonry Solid masonry construction is also called ‘Solid Brick', ‘Double Brick'. A solid masonry wall consists of an outer layer of brick and an inner layer of brick (a layer of brick is called a ‘wythe' ).     These types of bricks (header bricks) are installed, usually every six...
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