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.
Dave Graham, Tempest Home Inspection. Calgary Alberta