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.
Owning a Log Home is a dream for many, so when that dream finally comes true, you want to make sure your Log home will be a structurally sound one. Here are a few things to look out for before purchasing your home
Logs used at the time of construction contain a certain level of moisture which varies depending on whether the logs were freshly cut or not. Over time, these logs will dry out and start to shrink causing the home to settle. This can result in the home losing some height. If this has not been accounted for when it was constructed, it could spell disaster for the home.
What could happen? Partition walls may not be able to take the weight of the wood bearing down on them causing too much stress to the wall. The same can happen to doors and windows. Staircases can be greatly affected also, as they can become unleveled.
This is just a few of the things that need to be taken into consideration with a log home.
Of course, a skilled builder who's familiar with log home construction would take all of this into consideration before beginning construction.
A certified home inspector will also be able to point out any obvious, dangerous signs of a poorly constructed log home. Please feel free to give us a call.
As our aging loved ones get older they are in need of extra care, but do not necessarily want the upheaval of moving from their residence. This is described as 'aging in place'. This term refers to the desire of aging ones and their families to adjust their current residence in order to cater to their growing needs. While there are many different ways to help them with these needs, making appliances more convenient to use may be a good place to start. Here are some tips;
These are just some ideas to help our aging loved ones 'age in place' and make it easier while they use their appliances.
A lot of people don't realize how easy it can be to use less energy in the home. With just a few simple adjustments you can save a lot of money. Here are a few simple ways this can be done:
These are just a few of the many things that can make your home more energy efficient, however for a more detailed assessment of the energy reducing potential in your home, please contact us, your local Certified Home Inspector.
If you are buying a home, you may feel like you are drowning in information
That is understandable too, because there are so many laws and regulations involved, and they always seem to be changing. Even if you have bought a home in the past few years, you likely notice that things have already changed.
Interest rates, housing laws, attorneys, agents, appraisors, taxes, transfer documents, and more. It can be overwhelming and frustrating.
But there is one part of your transaction that does not need to be so frustrating - the home inspection. We keep it simple and straight forward. We perform a thorough, detailed home inspection at a fair price and you get a detailed report with our findings - it's that simple.
So contact us today for your complete home inspection!
Earlier this month we discussed single ply roofing material. But we wanted to post some information on asphalt roofing (particularly asphalt shingle) because it is so much more common. If you are considering a new asphalt shingle roof, the video below will help you understand some aspects of what your roofing contractor should do.
Dave Graham, Tempest Home Inspection. Calgary Alberta