We all see the need to be conscious of any potential fire hazard in our home, but what about our garage, especially when its attached to our house?
Garage fires can occur very easily, this is because our garage is where we store most of our flammable liquids ( paint cans, varnish, gasoline cans to name but a few). Its also the place we are most likely to work on the car, motorbike, lawn mower etc. Here are a few tips on preventing your garage from being a potential fire hazard:
It is recommended that you have the garage checked by a Certified Home Inspector, as they can check to see if your walls and doors meet proper standards of fire safety, and also point out any areas that might attention.
Please contact us, your Calgary certified home inspector for more assistance
So many things in our home nowadays are electric, from kitchen appliances to iPads and phones, everything requires an electrical outlet.
In many older homes, there are simply not enough outlets, so a power strip seems the obvious choice to keep up with the demand, but how can we make sure that we are using them safely? Consider the following:
As you can see, power strips can be very useful, but only if used correctly.
Please give us a call with any questions you may have about electrical outlet safety in your home
If you are thinking of buying an older home here in Calgary, you might want to consider that it could possibly be wired with aluminum wiring. Is this something you should be concerned about? Here are a few factors to consider;
As you can see from this very brief overview, aluminum wiring can be quite dangerous especially as it poses a much greater fire risk than copper wiring
Please contact us for more information and also advice on what to do if you have aluminum wiring is in your home.
In our last article we looked at the potential causes of air pollutants in our home. In this article, we will look at ways to reduce and treat these pollutants. Here are a few suggestions:
As you can see, there are many things we can do to improve the air quality of our homes. We are always available to help you with any questions you may have.
More and more people nowadays are being affected by pollutants in the air. These can cause many different allergies and respiratory ailments. It's important then, to analyze how good the air quality is in our home, especially as it's the place we spend most of our time.
The bad news is that every room of our home has potentially harmful pollutants in it and in general, outdoor air is better quality than indoor air. The good news is that something can usually be done about it.
Here are a few potential air quality hazards to look out for:
This is a brief overview of the potential hazards to air quality in the home, but as we can see, most of us have at least a few of these in our home.
In the next blog, we will look at what can be done to treat these issues, as well as ways to prevent them.
Please contact us with any questions you may have about the air quality in your home
We have all experienced that annoying burst of hot or cold water in the shower when someone else in the house turns on a faucet or flushes a toilet. While for many of us, it simply requires a quick maneuver out of the way of the flowing water, for others, such as the elderly or very young, it could result in scalding or shock from the sudden change in temperature.
An answer to this could be installing an anti-scald valve. Anti-scald valves work by keeping water at a safe temperature, even when water pressure fluctuates in the pipes. An advantage to this also, is that hot water drains slower from the hot water tank, so you won't run out of hot water as quickly.
Anti-Scald valves are usually simple to install and not too expensive. To protect the whole house, they can be installed at the hot water heater, or if you only want to regulate certain areas they can also be installed in specific places.
After installation, the temperature you set the anti-scald valve at may need to be adjusted to compensate for pipes that aren't insulated or defects in the valve.
Please contact us for more information on anti-scald valves
Carpet in a home can feel comfortable and cozy, and can look very appealing, but is it a good idea to have it everywhere? What about the bathroom for example?
A carpeted bathroom can seem appealing as it is a lot warmer under foot, it is also a lot more slip resistant than a tiled floor, and it can look very nice, but here are also a few things to keep in mind when deciding if it is right for your bathroom.
Moisture! Moisture! Moisture!
Everything in the bathroom is geared towards using water, and as careful as we try to be, water splashes from the sink, the bath, and even the shower, this all lands on the bathroom floor which is not a problem with tile, and while it may not seem to be a big deal with carpet, it can lead to mold spoors and decay of the wood floor underneath.
Another issue is that while its easy to clean around the toilet with a tiled floor, its not so easy with carpet, and this can lead to bacteria accumulating in the carpet.
If you have a carpeted bathroom, a certified home inspector can use a moisture meter to gauge how much moisture is in the carpet.
Please contact us for any questions you might have.
Bathrooms are a very important room in the house, most of us like to spend a good amount of time there, so its wise to have a check of the ventilation system to make sure that its functioning properly, thus improving your bathroom experience.
If your not sure if your ventilation system is working properly, keep your eye out for these indications:
If you are noticing any of these things, you may want to get your fan inspected. One of the biggest reasons it might not be working properly is that the duct might not reach to the outside of the home, so this is a good thing to check.
A simple thing that can be done is to regularly clean the fan as dirt and dust accumulate frequently.
If you feel that your bathroom is not ventilated properly, please call us for more advice. We would be happy to help.
Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer as it has no odor and cannot be seen, and so attacks without warning. Many instances of Carbon Monoxide poisoning occur in the home, this is largely due to faulty, fuel burning appliances found in the home.
What are some ways that CO Poisoning can be prevented?
It is very important to install Carbon Monoxide detectors, that meet appropriate safety standards on every level of your home, also make sure they are quite close to the bedroom so that they would be easily heard if the alarm goes off.
All appliances need to be installed properly and have maintenance performed on them regularly
If you have a chimney, get it inspected to make sure there is no damage or blockages, also a yearly clean is important
It can be very tempting to try to heat the house with a household appliance such as an oven, but this is very dangerous and should not be done.
Do not keep your car running in the garage, this can be lethal
Please call us to schedule an inspection or if you need help with any questions.
Dave Graham, Tempest Home Inspection. Calgary Alberta