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  • Educating Clients Press Release

    St. Catharines Home Inspector Educating ClientsNiagara Peninsula Home Inspections are offering their clients more than just an inspection, they are offering an education. There are so many aspects of a house that people either not aware of or don't bother with.Press Release 
  • Household Glossary

    Building Technical Terms ExplainedAAbs — A type of black plastic pipe commonly used for waste water lines.Aggregate — Crushed rock or stone.Air chamber — A vertical, air filled pipe that prevents water hammer by absorbing pressure when water is shut off at a faucet or valve.Air-conditioner condenser — The outside fan unit of the air conditioning system. The condenser discharges heat to the building exterior.
  • Carbone Monoxide

    What You Need To KnowWhat is Carbon Monoxide (CO)?CO is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gasIt is a by-product of incomplete combustion (unburned fuel such as gas, oil, wood, etc.)Low concentrations of CO can go undetected and can contribute to ongoing, unidentified illnesses. At high concentrations, it can be deadly.Why is it Dangerous?If there is CO in the air you breath, it will enter your blood system the same way oxygen does through your lungs. The CO displaces the oxygen in your blood, depriving your body of oxygen.
  • GFCI

    The Importance Of Ground Fault Circuit InterruptersThe outlets with the colored "Test" and "Reset" buttons are specially designed to better protect people than ordinary outlets. GFCI's have been used in houses since the 1970's.
  • Vermiculite Insulation

    Should You Be Concerned?What Is It?If you have never seen vermiculite insulation in an attic, you may have seen it in potting soil. Vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral worldwide. When heated rapidly to high temperatures, this crystalline mineral expands into low density, accordion-like, golden brown strands.
  • Truss Uplift

    An Uplifting ExperienceTruss uplift is a phenomenon common in homes built with roof trusses as opposed to rafters.If a house suffers from truss uplift, the top floor ceilings literally lift off the interior walls in the winter. They drop back down in the summer. Needless to say, this is a tad disconcerting to the homeowner. At first glance, one might assume that the floors have settled. Actually the ceiling has gone up - sometimes creating a gap of as much as two inches where interior walls meet the ceilings.
  • Structures 101

    What You Should Know About The “Bones”"This house isn't going anywhere." Or is it!?Serious structural problems in houses are not very common, but when they occur they are never cheap to fix. Some can’t be fixed at all. This report won’t turn you into a home inspector, but it will give you some of the common indicators.
  • Undertaking a Home Repair

    The basic rulesLet's start by differentiating between a home improvement and a home repair. A home improvement, as the name implies, means improving something. It is usually a renovation to create more space, changing the layout of the house, improving energy efficiency, or to making aesthetic changes.This report will deal with the simpler topic of home repair – basically replacing things that are worn out or fixing things that are broken. Here are some very basic rules to follow.
  • Priority Maintenance for Home Buyers

    A list of home maintenance and repairsThere are so many home maintenance and repair items that are important; it can be confusing trying to establish which are the most critical. To simplify things, we have compiled a short list of our favorites. These are by no means all-inclusive, nor do they replace any of the information in a home inspection report. They should, however, help you get started on the right foot. Remember, any items marked as priority or safety issues on your home inspection report need immediate attention.