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Post mold remediation Air Quality test at this property.

Many people think that after remediation , the mold problem is solved. That is not the case. An Air Quality test is important, to show what types and how mold spores are in the indoor air.

After remediation there is still more to be done to clear the indoor air.

We have the equipment, the training, the expertise and the experience to help before , during and after remediation.
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Post mold remediation Air Quality test at this property.

Many people think that after remediation , the mold problem is solved. That is not the case. An Air Quality test is important, to show what types and how mold spores are in the indoor air.

After remediation there is still more to be done to clear the indoor air.

We have the equipment, the training, the expertise and the experience to help before , during and after remediation.

3 days ago

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Three more properties Pre Inspected Last week in Vaughan and Pickering, by Panos Loucaides and the Home Inspection Services Group.

For more information about these properties, please contact Mark Salerno, Broker at Euromart Realty.
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Three more properties Pre Inspected Last  week in Vaughan and Pickering, by Panos Loucaides  and the Home Inspection Services Group.

For more information about these properties, please contact Mark Salerno, Broker  at Euromart Realty.Image attachmentImage attachment

3 days ago

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Winter is coming, unfortunately. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
So it's almost time to shut off our exterior water valves. Here are two common mistakes:

1. The so called "Frost free" valves are a great product but still require an interior shut off valve. If they fail to close fully, and they do, water can still pass and freeze.

2. Garage valves, To close or not to close?
The garage is exterior, unconditioned space so the answer is yes, they must be closed in the winter. In this case , the shut off valve is inside the garage, which completely defeats the purpose.

A valve that may cost $20 can save you thousands of damage costs, if the pipes freeze and burst.
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Winter is coming, unfortunately. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
So its almost time to shut off our exterior water valves. Here are two common mistakes:

1. The so called Frost free valves are a great product but still require an interior shut off valve. If they fail to close fully, and they do, water can still pass and freeze.

2. Garage valves, To close or not to close?
The garage is exterior, unconditioned space so the answer is yes, they must be closed in the winter. In this case , the shut off valve is inside the garage, which completely defeats the purpose.

A valve that may cost $20 can save you thousands of damage costs,  if the pipes freeze and burst.Image attachment

Did you know that you have to clean your HRV and the filters twice a year?

This one hasn't been cleaned in 5 years. This is the air circulating through the house!
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Did you know that you have to clean your HRV and the filters twice a year?

This one hasnt been cleaned in 5 years. This is the air circulating through the house!

Why do we tell clients that they should replace their fuse panels?

Because they are old , unreliable and home owners who don't know how they work put themselves in danger.
The majority of fuses on this panel are 30 AMPS , which are improper for 15 AMP circuits.

And there are other issues also, that the home owner was not aware of when he bought the house 2 years ago. He was told that everything was fine and did not do an inspection.
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Why do we tell clients that they should replace their fuse panels?

Because they are old , unreliable and home owners who dont know how they work put themselves in danger.
The majority of fuses on this panel are 30 AMPS , which are improper for 15 AMP circuits. 

And there are other issues also, that the home owner was not aware of when he bought the house 2 years ago. He was told that everything was fine and did not do an inspection.

2 weeks ago

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How hot do you think the dryer vent gets?

This dryer was on only for 5 minutes and it is already over 40 C. This is why the plastic flex ducts are not allowed to be used anymore

This specific pipe was a PVC pipe with no markings on it. If it is a furnace or water heater approved vent pipe then there is no issue, as they are designed for some levels of heat. Being that we don't know what type of pipe it is , we recommended replacment with metal flex.
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How hot do you think the dryer vent gets?

This dryer was on only for 5 minutes and it is already over 40 C. This is why the plastic flex ducts are not allowed to be used anymore

This specific pipe was a PVC pipe with no markings on it. If it is a furnace or water heater approved vent pipe then there is no issue, as they are designed for some levels of heat. Being that we dont know what type of pipe it is , we recommended replacment with metal flex.Image attachment

3 weeks ago

Home Inspection Services Group

Another busy month with Pre-Listing Inspections. More and more Realtors use the Pre-Listing Inspection as part of their Listing Packages.
Avoid Last minute re-negotiations with a trusted Pre-Listing Inspection Report by a Professional Certifed Master Inspector.
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4 weeks ago

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One of the inspection items is checking that all ventilators are venting to the exterior.

There are 4 bathroom fans at the 2nd floor and only 3 visible roof vents, so one is missing!

The roofers never installed a roof vent and the bathroom fan is venting on the roof sheathing, causing moisture damage. This is only within two years.

The home owner wondered why the city inspector or the builder inspector never caught this.

BECAUSE THEY NEVER CHECKED!!!!

Is this important enough to get a proper Tarion Warranty Inspection done?
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One of the inspection items is checking that all ventilators are venting to the exterior.

There are 4 bathroom fans at the 2nd floor and only 3 visible roof vents, so one is missing!

The roofers never installed a roof vent and the bathroom fan is venting on the roof sheathing, causing moisture damage. This is only within two years.

The home owner wondered why the city inspector or the builder inspector never caught this. 

BECAUSE THEY NEVER CHECKED!!!!

Is this important enough to get a proper Tarion Warranty Inspection done?Image attachment

1 month ago

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This home just passed the one year warranty stage.
Home owner called me suspecting ice damming and the builder told him to wait and see.

My detective work shows that the vent stack is leaking from somewhere causing moisture damage.

There is no "wait and see". Act as soon as you see something, to avoid more problems.
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This home just passed the one year warranty stage. 
Home owner called me suspecting ice damming and the builder told him to wait and see.

My  detective work shows that the vent stack is leaking from somewhere causing moisture damage.

There is no wait and see. Act as soon as you see something, to avoid more problems.Image attachment

1 month ago

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August Pre-Listing Inspections where as strong as ever.
In a month of a traditional slow market, we Pre-Inspected 13 homes all over the GTA.

Avoid last minute negotiations with a professional Pre-Listing Inspection Report from the Home Inspection Services Group
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This is the reason why we always recommend that aluminum wiring is evaluated in detail by a licensed electrician.

The ceiling fan was not working and when it was removed , this is what we see.

The circuit overheated and the neutral wire is scorched and melted together with the connector.

Aluminum wiring connections not done properly are a fire hazard.
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This is the reason why we always recommend that aluminum wiring is evaluated in detail by a licensed electrician.

The ceiling fan was not working and when it was removed , this is what we see.

The circuit overheated and the neutral wire is scorched and melted together with the connector.

Aluminum wiring connections  not done properly are a fire hazard.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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The rule for any gaps at a railing of any type, is that there should not be a gap larger than 4" (My fist in this case). This rule applies to all areas of the railing, not just the spindles.

A small child can easily fit through a larger than 4" gap.
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The rule for any gaps at a railing of any type, is that there should not be a gap larger than 4 (My fist in this case). This rule applies to all areas of the railing, not just the spindles.

A small child can easily fit through a larger than 4 gap.Image attachment

 

Comment on Facebook

One of the home builders in my neighbourhood left big gaps on all of the railings on the 3 story townhouses. Whenever I walk my dog it makes me sick to my stomach seeing kids on those balconies and how easily they could slip through!!! I donโ€™t know how building inspectors are letting these pass

What came first? The wall or the outlet?

In this case it was the outlet. The wall was built after to create two different rooms.

Outlet doesn't work, so why leave it there?
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What came first? The wall or the outlet?

In this case it was the outlet. The wall was built after to create two different rooms. 

Outlet doesnt work, so why leave it there?

ARE YOU FEELING STUCK?

Imagine having your phone ringing with constant business...

How would you feel if there was someone always available to answer all your questions and giving you all the help you need...

**Home Inspectors &
**Home Inspectors in training

If you are a Home Inspector with a passion for the industry and who is looking to create a better lifestyle for yourself and your family, contact us.

What we offer:

โœ”๏ธ Unlimited onsite technical training

โœ”๏ธ Ongoing technical support

โœ”๏ธ Marketing and social media training to attract new business

โœ”๏ธ Business management training

โœ”๏ธ Uniform and marketing materials

Send us a PM or email panos@inspectionservicesgroup.com.
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ARE YOU FEELING STUCK?

Imagine having your phone ringing with constant business...

How would you feel if there was someone always available to answer all your questions  and giving you all the help you need...

**Home Inspectors &
**Home Inspectors in training 

If you are a  Home Inspector with a passion for the industry and who is looking to create a better lifestyle for yourself and your family,  contact us.

What we offer:

โœ”๏ธ Unlimited onsite technical training 

โœ”๏ธ Ongoing technical support

โœ”๏ธ Marketing and social media training to attract new business

โœ”๏ธ Business management training 

โœ”๏ธ Uniform and marketing materials

Send us a PM or email panos@inspectionservicesgroup.com.

2 months ago

Home Inspection Services Group

If you ever wonder what these square stains on the 2nd floor ceiling are, the answer is very easy, and the issue is very easy to solve.

Thermal Imaging shows a bright yellow square, which in summer time means heat. Looking inside the attic, there is insulation missing in that location.

In the winter, the heat from the bedroom, escapes in the cold attic and condensation is created. The condensation gets trapped between the vapor barrier and the drywall and overtime it creates the discolouration on the drywall.

Solution: Add insulation and repaint your ceiling.
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If you ever wonder what these square stains on the 2nd floor ceiling are, the answer is very easy, and the issue is very easy to solve.

Thermal Imaging shows a bright yellow square, which in summer time means heat. Looking inside the attic, there is insulation missing in that location.

In the winter, the heat from the bedroom, escapes in the cold attic and condensation is created. The condensation gets trapped between the vapor barrier and the drywall and overtime it creates the discolouration on the drywall.

Solution: Add insulation and repaint your ceiling.Image attachmentImage attachment

2 months ago

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Sometimes things just happen. Four years after installation, my kitchen drain decides it is time to leak. Plumber did not put enough glue from the looks of it.

Water went through the floor but thankfully we saw it early before it damages the drywall.

It is important after a leak to dry the area immediately, therefore the fan. Don't underestimate any leak, the area needs to dry immediately in order to avoid mold growth.
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Sometimes things just happen. Four years after installation, my kitchen drain decides it is time to leak. Plumber did not put enough glue from the looks of it.

Water went through the floor but thankfully we saw it early before it damages the drywall.

It is important after a leak to dry the area immediately, therefore the fan. Dont underestimate any leak, the area needs to dry immediately in order to avoid mold growth.Image attachmentImage attachment

3 months ago

Home Inspection Services Group

June was busy with Pre-Listing Inspections. More and more Realtors are adding a Pre-Listing Inspection in their Full Service packages or explain the advantages of a Pre-Listing Inspections to their clients who are selling their home.

In Toronto, Vaughan, Brampton and Tottenham or anywhere else, Pre-Inspections have many advantages and help make the selling process much smoother.
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3 months ago

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This brick deterioration is something we see very often at older brick chimneys.

The reason is quite simple. As the rain falls on the chimney cap, it runs down the side of the chimney and over time it starts "eating" away the face of the brick.

Newer chimney construction requires a groove at the bottom side of the chimney cap. That groove or Drip Line as it is formally called prevents that from happening.

So if you are planning to do repairs on your chimney, this would be a good addition to do.
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This brick deterioration is something we see very often at older brick chimneys.

The reason is quite simple. As the rain falls on the chimney cap, it runs down the side of the chimney and over time it starts eating away the face of the brick.

Newer chimney construction requires  a groove at the bottom side of the chimney cap. That groove or Drip Line as it is formally called prevents that from happening.

So if you are planning to do repairs on your chimney, this would be a good addition to do.Image attachment
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