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by Ivan Mose A couple of weeks after last Christmas I received a phone call from a young man who told me he had a terrible smell in his apartment and could I come over as soon as possible and take a look. I am a building inspector so smells usually mean drains, mouldy basements and the odd rat or two. A little questioning and I started to build a case. Last summer Dany, his wife Lauren and baby moved into...

Are you excited to get your January heating bill? Those of you who insulated, caulked and plugged the obvious holes might very well be excited to see the resulting savings. But the rest of us are groaning and ready to put on another sweater to keep the costs down. Letting the heat escape from your home is the equivalent of transporting water with a hole in the bucket: your heating payments are literally dribbling "out the window." But finding the holes in your home can be...

As of January 2018, running an air-conditioner connected to the aqueduct that does not have a water recycling system will be prohibited and fined, according to Montreal By-law 13-023. The purpose of the law is to get devices used for cooling (air conditioners) and watering the ground (sprinkler systems) off the drinking water circuit at a time when the population needs the water most. If you have an air conditioner installed that uses water from the aqueduct, it will have to be...

The North Pole is all a bustle this time of year. The reindeer are in boot camp for the big event, while the North Pole (NP) kitchen is quickly churning out high carb and protein-rich meals for them. The toy-making elves are pulling all-nighters, and the marketing team is busy deciding on the final 2015 gift-wrapping motif. But there is one issue that is becoming a worry. The North Pole Logistics Team, specifically the Chimney Inspection Unit, are having trouble updating...

Without a working ventilation system on your roof, your home could thaw out snow and ice on the roof, turning it to water. The water pools, then freezes and melts again causing roof damage and leaks. - And for home owners who haven't done regular maintenance on their roof, that means water damage from ice damming! After every winter, we visit many homeowners have to repair water damage caused by ice damming by snow on roofs and in gutters because they...

It’s a fact: indoor air quality can affect our health. Many respiratory problems and headaches can be traced to a sick house. In temperate climates, where windows and doors are left open constantly, this isn’t a serious concern. But in cold climates like Canada’s, where we have become experts at sealing our houses airtight to save on heating costs, maintaining air quality with good ventilation is important. To understand why that is, it’s instructive to understand how home construction practices have...

Today, central air conditioning is common in most modern homes. - But in urban centres, we often still see the drippy window units. Why do they drip? Why are they so noisy? They are supposed to drip as humidity leaves the building! The reason air conditioners drip is because they work in part by extracting moisture from the home through a process of compression and condensation. However, it's important to be aware of the damage dripping water can do to your building. Damage...

Last weekend, the roof of a 42-unit condo at the corner of Somerled and Walkley streets in NDG caught fire. Nobody was hurt, but dozens have been left stranded as the building is waterlogged, and has sustained a lot of damage. It took 80 firefighters most of the night to put out the fire. Fire deparment chief Luc Robillard made a statement that it appears that the flames may have started in an air conditioning unit on the roof of the building....

Basements are for Potatoes; no, not couch potatoes. If that's what you were thinking, then you're not alone. Millions of Canadians use their basements as living space, thinking it's the ideal space to set up a family room, games room, or even kids' bedrooms. But in truth, it takes a great deal of careful design and maintenance to avoid water and moisture infiltration in even the best cases. And oftentimes, moisture accumulation results in a nasty - and costly - surprise to the...

If you’re worried about a problem hiding somewhere deep within the walls of your house, and you’re thinking about tearing things apart to get a look inside, you can put down the sledgehammer right now and read on. Starting this month (April 2008) Mose Home Inspections is thrilled to announce that we have acquired a new high-tech device) that adds significantly to what we can discern about a building’s underlying infrastructure. Until now, a host of hidden problems simply could never be verified without...