A beautiful Italian wood burning stove from the 1980's, that I inspected this morning in my capacity as a WETT certified Level 1 Inspector.
Insurance companies want to know that there is no risk, so they ask their clients to have them inspected.
The terminology that is commonly used by insurance companies and realtors, is "WETT Inspection", "WETT certificate" and other similar ones. These are all incorrect.
The correct term is "Inspection by a WETT certified inspector". All wood burning appliances and fireplaces should be inspected whether required by insurance companies or not. If you need more information about what a Level 1 inspection is, please feel free to contact me.
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A big Inspection company name means absolutely nothing, if the inspector does not do a proper job, especially when doing a Pre-Listing Inspection.
My client bought this house last August and trusted the pre listing inspection report from a VERY well known and respected Canadian company. There was not one picture of the attic and vague comments about insulation , ventilation and NO comments about the roof sheathing and the mold. This issue is not recent. For mold to get to this stage, it has been happening for a few winter's now.
My Pre-Listing reports are as detailed as any other of my reports. That's why they are trusted by Realtors all over the GTA.
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If you have a high efficiency furnace and water heater, then you most likely have these 3 white pipes coming out of your house.
The two on top vent the combustion gases from your water heater and furnace and the other one brings combustion air in your furnace. It is VERY important that these pipes are not damaged, not obstructed and not altered. There are very specific rules for the installation of venting pipes and if you are planning any changes around them ALWAYS consult an HVAC technician.
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When you open the attic hatch and see this, it's time to put the mask on. 😷
The client asked me to take a mold sample and send it to the lab. A sample is a MUST in cases like this, because we need to know what type of mold it is. There are many different types of mold and some are far more dangerous than others. The lab test will help with the remediation decision.
In this case the issue is caused by heat loss and improper ventilation of the attic. Don't underestimate the importance of these two issues. Lots of work needed to be done here, and most probably replacement of the roof sheathing.
You may want to read the full post to understand the history of this home. This is a 2 year old home and it is the second time I am coming to help the home owner figure out why there is moisture damage in his home.
When we did the 30 day warranty Inspection we identified a huge list of issues. A year later a vent stack was causing moisture damage because it got disconnected.
Today a different location where the lack of ventilation has caused condensation that turned into moisture damage. Look at the drip marks on the insulation and then look at the rusted nails on the roof sheathing!! They shouldn't be like that in a 2 year old home. This area did not have insulation when we did the 30 Day Inspection and the builder sent someone to blow in insulation and they blocked the soffit vents completely.
Not all water damage is from a roof leak.
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The warm weather these couple of days, and hopefully more 🙏, will start melting the snow and may start thawing the ground, which means your sump pump will start seeing some action 💦.
Test your sump pump by adding water in it and make sure your discharge pipe is not obstructed and directing the water AWAY from the home. In areas where the houses are built very close together this may not be easy, but there is always a way. In some jurisdictions, the sump pump discharge is directed into in ground pipes that are connected to the storm sewers (not my favorite but allowed by local municipalities).
This is my home. When we renovated and rebuilt the garage, this was the only configuration the roof structure could be done. The sun doesn't shine in this area, therefore the snow and ice built up can cause ice damming issues, and they did the first year.
I have the deicing cables running through the eaves, downspouts and across the lower areas of the roof, and I have them on all winter long.
During Inspections, I recommend deicing cables in similar situations and at some low pitch roofs like back splits and side splits, that ice can create issues. Low cost, easy installation and peace of mind.
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