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Home Inspection
Marijuana Grow Op Recoginition
Asbestos Awareness
Thermal Imaging
Product Recalls
Product Performance/Life Expectancy Information

Home Inspection:
  • Roof, vents, flashings, and trim
  • Skylight, chimney and roof penetrations
  • Decks, porches, walkways, and railings
  • Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers
  • Basement, foundation and crawlspace
  • Water penetration and foundation movement
  • Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets

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  • Drainage sump pumps with accessible floatsFireplace damper, door and hearth
  • Electrical service line and meter box
  • Main disconnect and service amperage
  • Electrical panels, breakers and fuses
  • Grounding and bonding
  • GFCIs and AFCIs
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Eaves, soffit and fascia
  • Grading and drainage
  • Insulation and ventilation
  • Heating systems
  • Cooling systems
  • Water heating systems
  • Main water shut-off valves

Marijuana Grow Op Recoginition

At one time, drug dealers used older homes in run down neighborhoods, but today's modern drug dealers are much more savvy about hiding their operations and for that reason also use upscale or newer homes in well established communities.

A home used as a grow-op has been exposed to very high levels of heat and humidity. Perfect conditions for toxic mold growth.

Sometimes these conditions are undetected and pass through several unexpected owners. They may look like any other home on the surface, but grow-ops undergo a number of internal renovations to support this type of operation.

Although they usually require extensive repairs, former grow-op houses are just as likely to be given only cosmetic alterations to hide the real damage before being put up for sale e.g. a fresh coat of paint.

While there is no guarantee that a small grow-op will be identified during a typical home inspection, evidence of large scale operations are usually visible by a trained eye. This service is included as part of our regular home inspection.

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Asbestos Awareness

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material. It is extremely versatile and ideal as a fire-proofing and insulation material. Asbestos fibers are high in tensile strength, highly flexible, and heat and chemical resistance. Asbestos was used in many different building products from the 1950’s to the mid 1980’s. Most buildings built prior to 1980 that have not been renovated will most likely contain some type of asbestos containing material.

What has asbestos been used for?

Until the 1980s, asbestos was used in homes, office buildings, public buildings and schools. It insulated hot water heating systems, and was put into walls and ceilings as insulation against fire and sound.

Asbestos has also been found in many products around the house. It has been used in clapboard; shingles and felt for roofing; exterior siding; pipe and boiler covering; compounds and cement, such as caulk, putty, roof patching, furnace cement and driveway coating; wallboard; textured and latex paints; acoustical ceiling tiles and plaster; vinyl floor tiles; appliance wiring; hair dryers; irons and ironing board pads; flame-resistant aprons and electric blankets; and clay pottery. Loose-fill vermiculite insulation may contain traces of “amphibole” asbestos.

What health problems are associated with exposure to asbestos?

Asbestos poses health risks only when fibres are in the air that people breathe. Asbestos fibres lodge in the lungs, causing scarring that can ultimately lead to severely impaired lung function (asbestosis) and cancers of the lungs or lung cavity.

When can asbestos be a problem in the home?

Today, far fewer products in the home contain asbestos. Current products that do contain the material are better made to withstand wear and use.

However, frequent or prolonged exposure to asbestos fibres may still bring health risks. This can happen with the release of fibres into the air when asbestos-containing products break down, either through deterioration as they age or when they are cut. People can put themselves at risk — often without realizing it — if they do not take proper precautions when repairs or renovations disturb asbestos containing materials. This can occur in a number of situations:

  • Disturbing loose-fill vermiculite insulation which may contain asbestos
  • Removing deteriorating roofing shingles and siding containing asbestos, or tampering with roofing felt that contains asbestos
  • Ripping away old asbestos insulation from around a hot water tank
  • Sanding or scraping vinyl asbestos floor tiles
  • Breaking apart acoustical ceilings tiles containing asbestos
  • Sanding plaster containing asbestos, or sanding or disturbing acoustical plaster that gives ceilings and walls a soft, textured look
  • Sanding or scraping older water-based asbestos coatings such as roofing compounds, spackling, sealants, paint, putty, caulking or drywall
  • Sawing, drilling or smoothing rough edges of new or old asbestos materials

How to minimize the asbestos risks in the home?

If you do not know if products in your home contain asbestos, have an experienced contractor inspect them. If there is asbestos, the best interim measure (unless the product is peeling or deteriorating) is to seal the surface temporarily so that fibres will not be released into indoor air. If the product is already protected or isolated, simply leave it alone. Only certified asbestos abatement companies should be used to remove known asbestos containing materials.

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Thermal Imaging
  • Thermal Imaging detects water retention in EIFS (synthetic stucco)
  • Underground Sprinkler system leaks
  • In floor heat mapping and leak detection
  • Excessive heat loss due to poor insulation or sealing of windows, doors etc.
  • Hot electrical circuits
  • High levels of moisture
  • Energy Audits*

*Best results occur with a greater difference between indoor and outdoor temperature.

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PRODUCT RECALLS

Occasionally various products introduced to the public have failure problems. This can range from minor annoyance to expensive damage repairs or even life threatening situations. At Canadian Residential we make an effort to keep abreast of these products and any information changes related to them (as time goes on tracking performance information is updated). Information is also drawn from the collective experience of Canadian Residential Inspectors across the country.

Thank You for choosing Canadian Residential Inspection Services.

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PRODUCT PERFORMANCE/LIFE EXPECTANCY INFORMATION

Most housing components do have an average life expectancy. Expected lifespan can vary with quality of installation, intensity of use, maintenance and climatic conditions of the home. If requested ahead of time, a booklet containing this information will be made available to you.

Thank You for choosing Canadian Residential Inspection Services.

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