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Water Damage Concerns
 
 
 
Basements are typically the area of a structure most at risk for water damage because they are located below grade and surrounded by soil.  Soil releases water it has absorbed during rain or when snow melts, and the water can end up in the basement through leaks or cracks.  Water can even migrate through solid concrete walls via capillary action, which is a phenomenon whereby liquid spontaneously rises in a narrow space, such as a thin tube, or via porous materials.

GFCI plugs in your home

A ground-fault circuitinterrupter, or GFCI, is a device used in electrical wiring to disconnect acircuit when unbalanced current is detected between an energized conductor anda neutral return conductor.  Such an imbalance is sometimes caused by current"leaking" through a person who is simultaneously in contactwith a ground and an energized part of the circuit, which could result inlethal shock.  GFCIs are designed to provide protection in such asituation, unlike standard circuit breakers, which guard against overloads,short circuits and ground faults.

Aluminum Wiring

 
 
 
 
Between approximately 1965 and 1973, single-strand aluminum wiring was sometimes substituted for copper branch-circuit wiring in residential electrical systems.  Aluminum and copper wiring, with each metal clearly identifiable by its color" -width-due to the sudden escalating price of copper. After adecade of use by homeowners and electricians, inherent weaknesses were discovered in the metal that lead to its disuse as a branch wiring material. Although properly maintained aluminum wiring is acceptable, aluminum will generally become defective faster than copper due to certain qualities inherentin the metal.

Prevent Deck Disasters!

 
 
In my last post I talked about the importance of proper landscaping to keep our homes safe while making the yard beautiful.  2 Million decks a year are built and replaced in North America, and an overall part of the  landscape. Some large and elaborate and some smaller sitting areas, either way many home owners often tackle the build themselves, resulting in structures not built to last and some very unsafe situations.
 
Because decks appear to besimple to build, many people do not realize that decks are, in fact, structuresthat need to be designed to adequately resist certain stresses.

Landscaping-Critical Considerations

Now that summer is here all the yard work and creative ways to give our houses a great curb appeal has started. When deciding what to do with your yard consider a few things; In a city like Regina where our soil conditions are unique and our freeze thaw cycles are extreme sometimes causing damage to the foundation of your home. A significant amout of thought and money goes into roof pitch, roofing materials, maitenence free soffit, facia, gutters and lot grading. We ALWAYS or should alawys be sure our downspouts are extended 4-6 feet away from the foundation of our home and have a minimun of 5 % grade away from the foundation to protect the concrete or wood foundation and to prenvet interior moisture seepage.

BBQ season

Be sure to keep your BBQ at least 3 feet away from vinyl siding to prevent heat damage,  do not BBQ under covered deck areas with plastic roof materials and even metal soffits. Follow recommendations below for a safe and happy BBQing season.
 
With barbeque season already here, homeowners should heed the following safety precautions in order to keep their families and property safe.
 
  • Propane grills present an enormous fire hazard, as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is aware of more than 500 fires that result annually from their misuse or malfunction.

Why get a home inspection...

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Home inspections are always very important when making a real estate transaction, or even every few years on your existing home to ensure the house as a system is working properly. The city of Regina is unique in the inspection industry, due to our extreme climate changes, adverse soil conditions and construction intuitiveness to adapt to these conditions. When choosing a home inspector to educate you about your property, it is important to choose someone that is educated in these specialized aspects of our city. Our clay based plastic like soil can cause significant ground pressure that affects our foundations by causing deflection, cracking and moisture seepage that can be very costly to repair. Our extreme climates and snow coverage affects our homes ventilation,  insulation factors and wear on roof shingles and exterior finished that keep our home safe. When choosing the right home inspector, they should be able to not only point out deficiencies and issues with the home but educate you about the property, the way it works as a system, and ways to maintain it through our unique conditions to protect your investment. Home inspections are not for the DIYer, even if a person has done minor renovations and understands some trades, It is very important to have a professional inspect your property.  The biggest problems are usually the hidden ones that cost considerable amount of money later on and wont be picked up by the untrained eye. When choosing a home  inspector consider their certification and back ground experience as well as their reporting process. If they offer a hand written report that is very vague and replies with "condition is Fair" or "in moderate condition" what does that mean to the home owner? their report should include photos of any deficiencies and recommendations, as that is what you are paying for and relying on the inspector to do. Home inspectors are not magicians, but with the right experience, equipment, resources, and passion to provide a fantastic home inspection  it is an invaluable service any home owner. 
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