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Your Home Inspection – Barrie Home Inspector

Your home inspection is a visual examination of the house and property which may Barrie House Inspectoraffect use or condition of the home.  This is a very thorough examination of the inside and out of, including structure and all the homes systems.  Our detailed inspection includes overview pictures or exterior and interior of home and includes pictures of any deficiencies found.

The Barrie Home Inspector’s clients are always impressed with the detailed nature of their report.  They also like the detailed review at the property where everything is explained and revisiting items that require maintenance or replacement is reassuring for potential home buyers.  As a Certified Building Code Official and Certified Master Inspector, our expertise is available to the client throughout and even after the home inspection is completed.

Free Thermal Imaging is included with every home inspection.  Infrared cameras allows FREE Thermal Imaging the home inspector to find missing insulation, hidden moisture or electrical hot spots.  Checking your home with a professional grade moisture detector and a thermal imaging camera allow us to find many areas of concern that other’s may miss.

Many rural homes will have a secondary heat source, such as fireplace, woodstove, pellet stove or outside boiler.  The Barrie Home inspector has been WETT Certified for over 15 years and will provide a WETT Inspection for $50.00 when conducted as part of home inspection package.  The Site Basic WETT inspection is a visual inspection conducted to meet insurance company requirements.

We also inspect Commercial Properties with many years’ experience in evaluating Plaza’s, strip malls, combined residential and commercial properties and apartment commercial property inspectionsbuildings.  The Barrie Home inspector covers most of Southern Ontario and has inspected commercial properties as far away as New Brunswick.  We have provided commercial property assessments on Plaza’s valued over $30 million dollars, Aircraft Hangers, Industrial Manufacturing and Multiple Church structures.

We are so confident is our knowledge and experience we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee of all our inspections for a period of 30 days after you take possession of our home.  Whether you want a “Risk Free” home inspection or simply “Peace of Mind”, contact the Barrie Home Inspector for your next purchase.

 

Aluminum Wiring in your Home

 

Aluminum Wiring in your Home?

The only thing that is certain about buying a home with aluminum wiring is that everyone ESA Logohas  different thoughts on  what a home buyer should consider.  The biggest problem with aluminum wiring is that many insures will not insure the home.  Some insurance companies will only insure your home after you get a Certificate of Inspection from ESA. (The Electrical Safety Authority).

Prior to obtaining a ESA Certificate of Inspection you will have to hire an electrician to inspect all the connection points of the homes wiring.  This entails removing all outlets, light switches, appliance connections covers  and of course the panel board.  If approved devices have been installed for outlets and switches they will be stamped with “C0/ALR” or “AL-CU”, which indicates that are rated for use on aluminum circuits of 20 amps or less.

Aluminum wiring is prone to oxidation at its contact points when used in equipment aluminum connectionsdesigned for use with copper wiring.  When the aluminum wire heats up due to gaps caused by oxidation it creates heat, this causes the metal to move away from heat source.  This is known as “Cold Creep” as the aluminum does not return to original position or shape when wire is cooled.  Some of the signs of problems in aluminum wiring is discoloration of light or outlet cover plates, smoke or sparking at devices, flickering lights or smell of plastic insulation burning.

Some studies have indicated that a home with aluminum wiring 55 times more likely to have an over heat or fire condition than a home wired with copper.  Some home owners have added pig tails to their aluminum wiring and is currently an accepted method by ESA.  Some studies in the US have found this method actually increases the risk.  Changing all devices to one rated for aluminum wiring is also an option.  Use CopAlum Crimp connectors on all connections, or re-wire entire home replacing all the aluminum.

Remember that when you put your home back on the market, many home owners will be asking themselves the same questions that you did when you bought the home.  This is definitely a item of concern when it comes to resale value.  Hopefully you hire a competent home inspector who understands aluminum wiring and is not afraid to tell you, the home buyer, the truth, thus allowing you to base your decision on buying a home on the facts.

As always,  CAVEAT EMPTOR – BUYER BEWARE

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Electrical Issues and Home Inspections

Orillia Home Inspector Articles

During the past ten years inspecting homes in the Orillia , Severn and Rama areas, one issue is more prevalent than any other.  Electrical work being done by DIY owners or unlicensed individuals is by far the most dangerous and serious issue that commonly faces new home buyers.

When inspecting a renovated basement and a large amount of electrical deficiencies are Red Flag During Inspectiondetected it immediately raises red flags.  The biggest issue it the fact that if there is improper electrical work, a building permit was never taken out for the renovation project.  This also implies that not only was the electrical work not inspected, but the plumbing, structural and heating changes were also not approved or inspected.

If you buy a home that has had major renovations completed without a building permit or inspection being completed you are essentially taking responsibility for any deficiencies and repairs that maybe required.  Any savings accrued by the “do it yourself” renovator will go into the sellers pocket and any future expenses will come out of the home buyers pocket.

Read the article below regarding contractor who performed electrical work without permits or proper training.

 

First Ever Jail Sentence for Doing Electrical Work without Licence

Court sends strong message to repeat offenders whose actions put public safety at risk.

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Contractor in Jail

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 7, 2014 /CNW/ – On Oct. 2, 2014 a contractor was sentenced in a Hamilton, Ontario court to 30 days in jail and $6,250 in fines on charges related to
performing electrical work illegally and violating several Ontario College of Trade’s requirements. This is the first time a jail sentence has been handed down by an Ontariocourt for this type of offence. The defendant was also placed on two years probation.

Richard Hazel, operating as Voltcom Electrical Services, was found guilty on eight charges: four counts of working without an electrical contractor’s licence, one count of failing to obtain the required inspections, two counts of producing a false certificate of qualification, and one count of leaving behind unsafe electrical conditions at four homes in Hamilton and Burlington. Mr. Hazel was previously convicted in 2012 on 19 counts of violating electrical safety regulations at seven sites in the Windsor area resulting in a total fine of $23,750.

In addition to the ESA charges, Hazel pled guilty to five related charges laid by the Ontario College of Trades and was fined an additional $7,400 plus one year probation for those offences.

In October 2013, an ESA Inspector identified a renovation in a Hamilton home had been done without a permit and determined upon further investigation that repeat offender Richard Hazel had completed the work. Numerous electrical hazards were found.  The investigation also found that Hazel falsely produced an Ontario College of Trade’s certificate of qualification in order to gain employment with two licensed electrical contractors.

“The court has delivered a strong, clear message with this conviction and sentence that repeated, unlawful behavior that puts public safety at risk has serious consequences. Despite previous convictions, this individual continued to flout the law,” said Normand Breton, General Manager, Registrar and Director Contractor Licensing and Powerline Safety.  “We are very pleased to see that the court has taken this next important step which we hope will deter others in the underground economy who are working outside the law.”

How to Ensure You Hire a Licensed Electrical Contractor

Consumers are reminded when considering hiring someone to do electrical work to follow ‘the three C’s’: check to ensure the contractor holds a valid ECRA/ESA electrical contractor licence (you can search the database at www.esasafe.com); confirm that they are arranging the appropriate inspections from ESA; and call ESA at 1-877-ESA-SAFE (1-877-372-7233) if you suspect someone is misrepresenting themselves. “Don’t settle the final bill until you have the ESA Certificate of Inspection in hand,” added Breton.

Hiring an ECRA/ESA licensed electrical contractor ensures that the company you have hired:

  • is fully insured
  • uses qualified electricians to perform the electrical work you require
  • will arrange for permits with the ESA
  • can deliver an ESA Certificate of Inspection

About the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)

The Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA) role is to enhance public electrical safety in Ontario. As an administrative authority acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario, ESA is responsible for administering specific regulations related to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, the licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians, electricity distribution system safety, and electrical product safety. ESA works extensively with stakeholders throughout the province on education, training and promotion to foster electrical safety across the province.

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