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Sun, Nov 28th - 5:10AM

Do you really know your home?

I have had many experiences in my combined 30 years in real estate, contracting and home inspections and there is none more difficult than when the home inspection reveals a defect the seller forgot to disclose.

This defect can suddenly takes on epic proportions because there was no disclosure, was it intentionally missed? Items maybe un-disclosed because of an underlying more serious problem. This can scare off skittish buyers. This is when a professional can be counted on to assess the defects and make recommendations that will put your deal back on track while at the same time giving expert advice to buyers.

Completing the Sellers Disclosure of Real Property and Condition Report is very important part of a real estate transaction. The Real Estate agent is also bound to disclose any knowledge they may have that would affect the property. That is why Banks, when selling under Power of Sale, sell their properties, "AS IS".

Most people remember the cracks in the driveway, repaired roof leak, updated HVAC systems and the more visible defects. These are easy to remember. What about the cracked basement window or the slow drain in the bathroom sink? Did we forget to obtain a permit or get a final inspection on the electrical work or the sun room addition? The municipality of local building department can provide information for you.

Before your home is listed or a home inspection is going to take place, take some time to open all the windows to be sure they all operate properly. Make sure the heater and air conditioning system is operating properly. Check the gutters and downspouts for leaks and clogs.

If there was work performed, check to see the proper permits and procedures were followed. Check for any areas in need of paint or repair. Not only will this help you understand your home, you will also be able to address items that may need attention or repair. A small repair or minor defect, left unaddressed, could cause considerably more damage to the home.

Items that have not been addressed can indicate the lack of care to a property, therefore causing the home to take longer to sell and possibly at a lower price. The buyer may point out these small items using them to negotiate for a lower selling price. This is where an experienced real estate agent is critical. If there are visible signs of defects and maybe some not so visible, an experienced real estate professional can recommend a qualified home inspector to throughly inspect your home with you to point out items in need of repair, maintenance or disclosure.

If a professional contractor is needed, your real estate agent can assist you in finding the proper professional to address these items. Do not take chances when you are selling one of your most valuable assets. Remember Real Estate agents sell property and Home Inspectors inspect your property, dont get the two confused, that could cost you money.

Construction defects and safety deficiencies are quite common and are usually very visible, but the majority of home owners are totally unaware of them. Some, in fact, like standing water by foundations, can be found by the home owner if he just walks around his house after a heavy rain. People get used to seeing things and unless educated never realize the problem.

The following, is a list of common defects likely to appear in a typical home inspection report:

1. Roofing defects, caused by aging or improper installation are likely to be found on most buildings. Excessive wear in area of discharge from higher roofs is also a common problem. This does not mean that most roofs need replacement, but that many are in need of maintenance and repair.
2. Ceiling stains in many homes indicate past or current leaks. Also a good home inspector will be alert to newly painted areas of ceiling, a dead give away of a cover up going on. The challenge is to determine if the leak was repaired or will recur during the next rain. Discovery is not always possible. A good moisture meter will help you tell if there was any recent leakage.

3. Faulty ground drainage often causes water intrusion beneath buildings. Such problems can be pervasive, difficult to resolve, and may cause damage to building components. Soil compaction is common along foundation in new homes, which is caused by natural settling. Advise home owners to build-up any low areas to maintain proper drainage.

4. Electrical safety violations, either few or many, are to be found in the majority of homes. Examples are ungrounded outlets, lack of shock protection, amateur wiring "improvements," and conditions too numerous to name. FPE panels have a background of problems and aluminum wiring was used between 60s and 70s, and although allowed should certainly be identified. Many home owners are becoming very adept at hiding their aluminum wiring. Pushing wire tight to breaker and running copper from nearby junction boxes to the panel are just a couple of means of avoiding detection.

5. Rotted wood is common where components remain wet for long periods. Exterior locations are trim, eaves, and decks. Problems also occur at walls and floors in bathrooms. Mold can occur in as little as 48 hours when conditions are right, always recommend a mold specialist if mold is suspected.

6. Code violations are common where additions and alterations are built without permits. Sellers often boast that, "We added the garage without a permit, but it was all done to code." This is a red flag to most home inspectors. Recommend your buyer check with local building officials if there is any doubt about permits or code violations, there maybe property line issues.

7. Fireplaces and chimneys are often unsafe. Common causes are amateur installation of hardware and fixtures, exterior rust damage, or simple failure to call a chimney sweep. Most home inspectors provide WETT inspection services, mine is included at no charge.

8. Water heaters are seldom in total compliance with code requirements. Violations include inadequate strapping, substandard overflow piping, unsafe flue conditions, and faulty gas lines. Rental hot water heaters are usually installed by gas company and rarely have any defects in their installation.

9. Gas furnaces often harbor defects. These range from dirty filters to faulty combustion; from poor airflow to exhaust hazards; from noisy operation to inadequate fire clearance. Given the potential for major consequences, annual servicing by the gas company is recommended. Inspecting furnace filter and finding any build up is a flag that cleaning is probably required.

10. Faulty firewalls are common in garages. Violations include, holes, unprotected attic accesses, doors not fire rated, drywall that is too thin, and exposed wood framing. In Ontario, interior garage doors, require automatic closures. Many homeowners disconnect the closures to make bringing in groceries easier. There is no requirement to keep garage door closure intact after obtaining Occupancy Permit. This decision is up to the home owner.

11. Minor plumbing defects are commonly found, including loose toilets, dripping faucets, slow drains, leaking drains, hot water at the right faucet. Polybutylene Plumbing Lines (PB) (Quest) was installed in some homes and has been known to fail due to chemical reaction on fittings, this could lead to thousands of dollars in water damage and should be inspected by a licensed and insured plumber.

12. Failed seals are routinely found at thermal pane windows, resulting in fogging and mineral deposits on inside of glass. This is most common with windows manufacturer during the 1980's. Casement windows can have faulty or loose mechanisms, cracks in glass panes and wood rot are also common problems found in many window units. Most professional home inspectors belong to associations that keep them up to date on newly discovered defects and product notifications.

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Fri, Nov 12th - 5:11AM

Ice Dam Removal Tips

You may have noticed long icicles hanging from your gutters and not realize the significance of the damage that may be occurring behind them. Icicles are usually one of the first warning signs of possible ice dams on your roof. This article will explain what ice dams are, how they form and the best methods for removing them safely.

What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is a wall of ice that forms at the edge of the roof, usually at the gutters or soffit. When it forms the water then backs up behind the ice dam and creates a pool of water. This pool of water can leak into your home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.

What causes ice dams?

Ice dams are usually caused by heavy snowfall and improper ventilation in the attic. This causes warmer areas in your attic then the snow begins to melt, even when the outside temperature is well below freezing. When the accumulated snow on your roof starts melting it runs down your roof underneath the snow until it reaches a "colder" section like the soffit's, valleys or in gutters then it begins to freeze again, this process of thawing and refreezing is what causes an ice dam.

Cleaning the gutters on your home can help prevent ice dams from occurring as quickly but they can still occur if the conditions are right. The gutters will be just as cold as it is outside and in some cases, full of frozen debris. So even if you don't have a soffit for the water to refreeze in, the melted water will most likely refreeze when flowing into the gutters.

How can I remove an existing ice dam?

Properly removing an ice dam can be quite dangerous if you don't know how. In the past some members of the media suggested hiring a contractor to pull the gutters off your home so the whole ice dam process would be solved. This suggestion was well intended but wrong. Contractors that started removing gutters caused significant damage to roofing and guttering systems, then when the snow melted it dropped next to the homes foundation and caused the basements to flood.

WARNING!

Performing ice dam removal is risking severe personal injury and damage to the roof if not done properly. Never walk on a snow covered roof and make sure if your using a ladder you follow the proper safety procedures. I highly suggest contacting professionals with the proper equipment and roofing experience to carry out this job.

Immediate action: Remove snow and ice dam from the roof this will eliminate the main ingredients necessary for the formation of another ice dam and will usually stop the water from coming in within an hour.

Using a snow rake remove the snow by pulling it down the slope of the roof line. Never pull snow across the roof or it may damage the shingles and flashings. Then, if there is a large build up of ice, carefully chip a channel through the ice dam that will allow the water to flow through, do not chip down to the roofing. You do not have to remove all of the ice in the gutters or the ice dam itself once you have removed the snow from the roof, it will melt when the temperatures rises.

How can I prevent ice dams in the future?

Properly ventilating and insulating the attic is the best way to prevent ice dams from forming. The requirements for proper ventilation is usually 1 square foot of vent for every 150 square feet of attic floor area but every building code requirement is different depending on your area. Contact your local building department or insulation company to find out your local requirements. If you have small louvered vents at either end of the attic known as gable vents you can either replace them with larger vents, or install an electric vent fan over the inside of them. These specialty fans work on a thermostat and will pull outside air into the attic to keep the temperature inside consistent with outside air.

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Fri, Nov 12th - 3:00AM

Za Mongyal Canada – Bon Meditation Center in Ontario

Za Mongyal Canada and the Drenpa Namkha Foundation are the founding non-profit charity organizations of the 7th Kundrol Namkha Thinley Wangyal Rinpoche. Kundrol Rinpoche is the head of the New Bon sect within the Bon tradition. Bon is the indigenous spiritual tradition of Tibet and is recognized by His Holiness the Dalai lama as one of the five schools originating out of Tibet.

Kundrol Rinpoche is a non-sectarian lama. This means he is open to both Bon and Buddhist teachings. Our centre is dedicating to preserving Bon culture, relgion and also the lineage of Kundrol Dakpa. Our commitment is to provide at least one retreat each year from Kundrol Rinpoche or another Lama. Our goal is to preserve the Bon spiritual tradition and to celebrate all efforts by all centers and individuals who work towards this aim.

Kundrol Rinpoche visits North America once a year to connect with his students and offer retreats. He also has one monastery in Dehradun, India and the original Za Mongyal monastery in Tibet, where he tries to visit once a year. Kundrol Rinpoche loves to take photos and to share them. There is a facebook page where you can view photos from his travels around the globe and then Rinpoche has another facebook page which is dedicated to Za Mongyal Canada and Kundrol Rinpoche’s monastery in India, al;so called Za Mongyal Yungdrung Ling. There are twelve young monks at this monastery currently. Sharing photos is a wonderful way to help us to stay connected with their lives and their needs.

Eventually we hope to build up Za Mongyal Canada and the Drenpa Namkha Foundation so that we can help Tibetans inside Tibetan with vocational training, medical needs and poverty relief. We also aim to undertake projects in India and within Canada and the United States as well to help with the relief of poverty. Most important, our goal is preserve this ancient Bon spiritual tradition and that of Kundrol Rinpoche by sharing it with all those who feel a connection to know more or to help in some way.

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