The Most Important Home Maintenance Tool you will Ever Own

As a homeowner what do you consider the most important home maintenance tool? We’ve heard a wide range of answers:

“Screwdriver.”

“Hammer.”

“Draino.”

“Wrench.”

“Measuring tape.”

“Duct tape.”

“Paintbrush.”

“Hedge trimmer.”

It’s true, trim hedges and fresh paint are all good for a home, but non of the tools listed above compare to this one:

The #1 Tool for Homeowners:

Caulking Gun

#1 Tool: Caulking Gun

The caulking gun is by far, the most important tool you will ever own as a homeowner.

Why?

Water is your worst enemy.

A caulking gun is the only tool that helps seal up the gaps that will allow water to infiltrate your home, causing severe damage. Water causes more damage than any other element.

A report by Aviva Canada Insurance showed that the insurance company paid out $180 million in water damage claims in 2014, a 189% increase versus 2004.

Homeowners are failing to keep their homes safe from water damage, and it’s only going to become more important.

By ignoring the water infiltration problem,Canadians are neglecting to invest where it counts, and paying out big in the long term as insurance rates are sure to rise.

Caulking is becoming increasingly important, as water infiltration issues are on the rise.

Why are water damage issues increasing?

  • More frequent severe weather events.
  • An aging sewer system that is unable to deal with large amounts of water within a short time period
  • Average yearly rainfall in Canada has increased by 12% in the past 60 years, with 20 more days of rain a year than the 1950s.
  • Catastrophes like overland flooding are on the increase.
  • According to Environment Canada, severe weather events that used to happen every 40 years can now be expected to happen every six years.

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Where does caulking need to be applied?

In addition to  all the obvious places indoors ( windows, bathtub, sinks, shower), caulking on the outside of your building is even more important, to help keep the weather and moisture out.

Wherever two surfaces come together to form a joint, apply caulking:

  • Corners where brick, stucco or fieldstone meet siding or shingles
  • Where brick and metal frames or supporting beams join up
  • When wood or metal posts sit on a concrete floor
  • Look for gaps along foundation walls, if caulking is insufficient, use spray foam.
  • Around air conditioners, attic vents, chimneys and other vents that come through the roof
  • Around dryer vents, kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans and similar openings in the outside walls or under overhanging eaves.
  • Around pipes, downspouts and electric cables
  • Around door frames and window frames and rusty lintels.

Find any source of infiltration and seal up your home tight, to avoid causing damage from water, ice and snow.

The $$$ cost $$$ of the most important tool you will ever own as a homeowner?

About $5.

Make sure you don’t cheap out on this one – it could save you a whole lot of money.

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I was impressed with the service provided by Rui Su. He was organized, explained in detail area that I am not familiar... with. He provided a good report. I will recommend him if you need home inspection.read more
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14:25 27 Aug 21
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Massimo Pannunzio
22:05 25 Aug 21
Michael has got to be on of the best home inspectors in all of Quebec. It was amazing working with him and he had my... best interest at heart when making a life changing decision. He made sure I had all the answers and made it easy to work with him. I will be using Mose inspection for any moment that I need an inspection done that's for sure!read more
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19:14 16 Jun 21
Amazing experience with Carol Mose who helped me with a pre-purchase inspection! She was very approachable and... observant, and informed me of all her first impressions on-site. This gave me greater understanding of any conditions as I was able to ask any quick questions on the spot. Her reports are the most thorough that I've seen and include diagrams to help explain what any physical signs mean and potential consequences. Could not have asked for a better inspector!read more
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Maeghan Banks
15:38 14 Jun 21
Carol was wonderful to work with for our pre-purchase inspection. She was professional, thorough and communicative,... taking the time to explain her findings as we went through the house. After the inspection, we felt we had clear knowledge of the condition of the house (both pros and cons), allowing us to move forward with the purchase with confidence. Highly recommend!read more
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Ryan Chalupovitsch
13:43 01 Jun 21
Carol Mose is the best home inspector in the business. Approachable and extremely knowledgeable. She did an... inspection for me and really took the time to explain her findings and help me understand the home I was looking to purchase. Cannot recommend her enough. Don’t hesitate.read more
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21:16 29 Apr 21
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Hannah S
22:05 16 Apr 21
I had a great experience with Mose home inspection. My husband and I are first time homebuyers and so had a ton of... questions about the process. Everyone we talked with was really informative and helpful. Michael was our inspector and was phenomenal. The inspection was very thorough and he explained everything in detail with realistic next steps for us to take. We came out of the inspection feeling really informed. Plus, he is just an absolute delight! He had very contagious enthusiasm and made the inspection a really positive experience. Would highly recommend!read more
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03:05 16 Apr 21
Michael was amazing. He took the time to explain to us what’s really important and the reasoning behind it. We’re not... very handy nor savvy when it comes to home construction so we really appreciate him taking the time to explain to us all aspects of the inspection. Also, Michael was friendly, professional and timely; he provided the report over a holiday and a weekend.read more
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