Concrete Block Foundations – What You Need To Know

During a home inspection, you want to have a really good look at the foundation. After all, the foundation is what does the job of carrying the house. Most houses in the Ottawa area sit on a perimeter wall foundation made of concrete, either poured concrete or concrete block.

Inspecting Ottawa Bathroom Venting

All bathrooms need to be vented.  Really vented.  I’m not talking about cracking open a window.  Nobody is going to do that during a cold Ottawa winter.  When I do my home inspections, I check for good, reliable exhausts in the bathrooms.

Doors Open Ottawa

As a home inspector, I am fortunate because I get to see inside many, many houses here in Ottawa.  These can be anything from a condo apartment or townhome, all the way to some pretty magnificent mansions.  And no matter what type of building it is, I always find something interesting about it.

Save Some Heat from Your Used Hot Water

There’s a lot of buzz around energy savings in a house.  When I do my home inspections here in Ottawa, I pay close attention to how well the house provides reliable energy performance.  The main focus is generally the heating system and the building insulation.  These are first and foremost in most people’s minds.  What […]

Window Replacement – Which Way Is Best?

A key part of my professional home inspections here in Ottawa involves a close check of the windows, especially those that have been replaced.  You see, there are two approaches to this.  These are called ‘full frame’ and ‘inserts’.

Ottawa Winter

What a winter we’ve had this year here in Ottawa!  Long, cold, and snowy.  No individual weather records set, just lots of cold and snow.  This created a special challenge when doing Ottawa home inspections.

Never Chop A Roof

It has been a tough winter here in Ottawa.  The cold weather and heavy snow have made it particularly demanding to do home inspections, especially on the outside.  They have also made just living and getting around tough.  And the trying conditions created by this winter are especially hard on our houses.

The Right Humidity Level

We are in the midst of winter here in Ottawa.  In fact, this is one of the coldest and snowiest winters we’ve had in a long time.  Winter weather provides a special set of home inspection considerations.  For instance, what is the right humidity level in the house?

Cast Iron Sneaking Up

The plumbing system in a typical Ottawa home has two parts. There’s the supply piping that brings fresh water in. Then the drain-waste-vent (DWV) piping system, usually referred to simply as the drains, removes the ‘used’ water.  During a home inspection, it would be glaringly obvious if there was a serious problem with the supply […]

Still Running

I thought I’d take a break from talking about inspection issues and surprises and tell you about my latest Ottawa run, the Alterna Run.  This event was staged to raise funds to fight men’s cancers.  It was a cool day with the threat of rain.  Fortunately, the rain held off until the end of the […]