Hey everyone, it is Pierre, with Overview we are inspecting an attic space above a garage and I want to show you a few things. In your honest opinion is this properly insulated with all the gaps of course not. How about this portion what is the outlier here? If you look at all the frost accumulation on the exterior wall, and there's a little bit of suspecting microbial growth. Now, above us is a cantilevered floor assembly yes, above us is a living space and there's no insulation installed in here whatsoever. Now what would happen when you have this condition, this is a perfect recipe for mold/ condensation to occur this is a newer property and how could this go unnoticed? Well, it's because they never had anyone properly inspect it for them. This property is only a couple of years old. Now, if you forego your possession inspection which is the case a lot of the time, at the very least you're going to want to get your 11-month warranty inspection. Builders are required to offer you a one-year warranty and so this is when you call us if you did forgo your initial inspection.
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Hey Everyone, it is Pierre with Overview Property Inspection, we are doing an inspection and unfortunately, this homeowner is experiencing water in their basement. Now, this is a common concern I see and can be avoided with proper downspout placement. Now when I talk about downspouts people will automatically assume that they are getting water in their basement because of #1 downspout isn't discharging 6 ft away from the foundation #2 cracks in the foundation or # 3 improper grading towards the property. Those are often the case but not with this particular situation, you will notice that the downspout is discharging far away from the foundation. Unfortunately where the homeowners went wrong is they have the downspout discharging directly underneath the snow. Now what happens is as everything melts you are going to start to get ice accumulation at the base of the downspout and since it is unable to drain anywhere it will continue back up the downspout and start to leak at the joint. As you can see the water is leaking and there is also a crack in the foundation. This could have been avoided if the downspout was discharging 2 feet off the ground, by having the downspout at that elevation it minimizes the chance of water going back up the downspout. What is happening for this homeowner is they are not only having water draining at that joint but the ice is also going back up the downspout and water is starting to freeze along the perimeter and is starting to infiltrate underneath the shingles all because of improper downspout placement. Now they have the right principle they are far away from the foundation but they are not elevated. When you go home tonight or if you are a real estate investor take a look at your portfolio to see where your downspouts are discharging. See you on your next inspection! Right Tools! Right Training! The Right Choice! Pierre Papineau CPI Overview Property Inspection
Happy Tip Tuesday Everyone from Overview Property Inspection. Importance of having the roof inspected! We did an inspection of a magnificent house that was listed at 1.5 million. No matter the sale price, all properties need an inspection. At Overview Property Inspection we gain access to the roof in the wintertime. We broom off sections to evaluate some areas to gain an overall feel of what the roof condition is like. We recently did a commercial building. The client did their due diligence and hired two inspection companies to complete their inspection. The other company decided not to go on the roof and as a result, they missed a significant flaw in the roofing assembly. We went on the roof and we were able to save the client eighty-two thousand dollars in roof cost replacement because we up on the roof to inspect it for our clients. See you on your next inspection. Pierre Papineau Overview Property Inspection Right Tools, Right Training, The Right Choice!
Hey, everyone, it's Pierre with Overview Property Inspection we are doing an inspection today and it is crisp so I'm going to keep this video short and sweet my tip today I want to make sure that everyone pays close attention to their exhaust for their high-efficiency appliances so it includes the furnace and also hot water heater you'll notice that these type of appliances create a lot of condensation and as result creates a lot of ice especially with the cold snap that we're currently in so make sure you're maintaining the ice accumulation I don't want you to be without heat or hot water this is the number one service call for HVAC and plumbing companies out there currently so make sure that you look after the exterior terminations we'll see on the next inspection.
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Hey everyone its Pierre with over property inspection we are doing an infill here in the heart of the city and we are doing a sewer scope for the client now we often get asked is should we be doing a sewer scope inspection let me show you why you should be we do a lot and from time to time we will do new infills and it doesn't seem to amaze me the stuff we are finding with new builds you can see that this line has tree infiltration now this is the house that doesn't even have its occupancy sticker on it yet okay and you will notice there is some fractures and cracks at the bottom of line so what happens is the contractor will tie into the old storm connection and with out a sewer scope you have no way of knowing that you are buying this $800,000 house and you've got an old drain. So do you need is a sewer scope absolutely. If you want a home service provider that I can do that for you reach out to us at overview property inspection and we'll see on the next inspection. Right Tool! Right Training! The Right Choice! Pierre Papineau Overview Property Inspection
Hey everyone its Pierre with Overview Property Inspection does your home inspector or prospective service provider use thermal image cameras with all of their inspections? Well we try to and the reason we try too is because it helps you as a consumer make an informed decision. You are buying an asset that’s you know two three four five hundred thousand dollars, and you want to make sure that the guy that you are hiring has this at their disposal and the reason why it is important you will notice on the floor that we got a weak spot well what could that possible be let me show you another area where we got an outlier at the back step if I did not use this thermal image camera I would have missed two registers that the flooring registers that the flooring contractor went over with the flooring. Now I see this more than I would like to admit but nonetheless make sure that you are acquiring with service provider do they use this and do they even have one? A good question to ask! If you want a home inspector that will look out for your best interest reach out to us at 780-716-0752! Right Tools Right Training, The Right Choice! See you on your next inspection. Pierre Papineau Overview Property Inspection
Hey everyone it's Pierre with Overview we are approaching winter time and so a couple of maintenance tips you are going to want to do prior to the snowfall number one you want to winterize your exterior hose bibs if you have an older property you want to make sure that you have turned off the water on the interior and to the exterior hose bibs tip number two if you have an air conditioner make sure you are installing your air conditioner covers number three if you have trees growing out of your gutters you are going to want to clean your gutters and if you don't affectively clean the gutters what happens is the snow and ice accumulates in the gutters and ice will form around the perimeter and could go back up the shingles underneath leading to moisture intrusion make sure you review those things and I hope everyone has a good winter! If you need an inspection reach out to us at 780-716-0752. Right Tools, Right Training, The Right Choice! Pierre Papineau Overview Property Inspection
Hey everyone it's Pierre with Overview we are approaching winter time and so a couple of maintenance tips you are going to want to do prior to the snowfall number one you want to winterize your exterior hose bib if you have an older property you want to make sure that you isolate the water on the interior and drain the exterior hose bibs number two if you have an air conditioner make sure you are installing your air conditioner covers number three if you have trees growing out of your gutters you are going to want to clean your gutters and if you don't affectively clean the gutters what happens is the snow and ice accumulates in the gutters and ice will form around the perimeter and could go back up the shingles underneath leading to moisture intrusion make sure you review those things and I hope everyone has a good winter! If you need an inspection reach out to us at 780-716-0752. Right Tools, Right Training, The Right Choice! Pierre Papineau Overview Property Inspection
Hello everyone, Pierre, with Overview Property Inspection while performing an inspection today we came across a common issue you'll notice that the downspout is discharging next to the foundation as a result it has created a settlement of the slab you willl want to make sure that you're managing the water around the home especially as the spring thaws upon us in an ideal situation the water would be discharging 4 to 6 feet away from the foundation if you want to receive tips weekly follow us on Facebook at Overview Property Inspection until then we'll see you next time.
Hey everyone, Pierre Papineau, with Overview Property Inspection, I want to talk to you guys about the importance of your home inspector going inside the Attic. This is why it's important for your home inspector to go inside the Attic there's six or eight inches of frost in certain areas and the cause is the vent at the roof isn’t properly airtight and so you also notice this wicked icicle is like three or four feet long. Now one thing to look for is look at your exhaust around on the second story look for signs of moisture you'll see some staining or on the bath fan and that'd be your first area to look for and then have a quick look in your hatch because you know you want to ensure that as we come to springtime you're monitoring how much frost is up there now it's not uncommon to have frost but you want to insure that you don't have a lot of frost if you've got a lot of frost it could be lack of insulation from heat loss and then you could have improper venting which will cause out of attic rain a phenomenon that is predominantly on new construction and if you want a home inspector that actually goes inside the attic and look out for your best interest you can reach us directly at 780-716-0752 we'll see on our next inspection and of course follow us on Facebook for our weekly tips and maintenance.
Hey everyone, it's Pierre, with Overview Property Inspection we are performing an inspection today and I want to show you guys a few things to look out for. Does your basement have white efflorescence along the perimeter or on the basement slab one thing you want to look out for is to ensure that your sump pumps properly working and so whenever you've got this condition it's vindictive dictate of moisture in and around your basement so you want to make sure that you're managing water and especially testing your sump pump and so as we test the slab with our moisture meter you'll see it's elevated it's not uncommon to have concrete with an elevated moisture but reading at 100% when you've got new construction you know there could be a couple things one that there's no poly installed which is requirement but we also know that the sump pump isn't working. So make sure you're testing your sump pump a quick way to test your sump would be to just lift up this float and as you can see it's plugged in and it's not operational so we'll call for a plumber to come and service this sub basin. Anyhow if you're in the need of a property inspection we can be reached directly at 780-716-0752 and of course follow us on Facebook for weekly tips and maintenance.
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Hey everyone Pierre, with Overview Property Inspection, let's talk about thermal image cameras for a second does your home inspector use thermal imaging on all their inspections there is a lot of times where we find active leaks whether it be from the foundation or from plumbing sources that we would have been unable to identify without the use of a thermal image camera. If you see as we scan this home we found some traces of water in the basement a little hard to mirror up the quality of the image but you'll see those blue areas that have been vindictive of moisture and so what we did is we confirmed it with our moisture meter and so it's very important if you're hiring an inspector whether it's your commercial building or your residence that they use a thermal image. There's a lot of things that can go undiscovered this tool will also help you identify any anomalies in the installation now we don't do a full thermal scan of the entire house with your general home inspection but we can do that service should you want to find out what your envelope is. So, make sure you ask that question to your home inspector do they include thermo image on their home inspections and if you want a home inspector that I go above beyond and look after your best interest whether it be residential or commercial reach out to us at 780-716-0752 again follow us on Facebook and we'll see on the next inspection Pierre, at Overview Property Inspection.
Hey everyone, Pierre with Overview Property Inspection, We are doing an inspection on the south side of Edmonton and I wanted to show you guys something it is pertaining to hot tubs. I want to make sure that if you are moving and you remove your hot tub from your site, ensure that you are disconnecting the power supply to the exterior not just at the disconnect but also at the main panel inside the house. The reason I wanted to share this with you guys is because you will see this armored cable on the exterior of the house which is obviously covered with snow. But it is live, yeah imagine that a little kid running around here when they move into their new home and they are exposed to 60 amps now that could kill someone so be sure to call an electrician to properly terminate your hot tub connections. Reach out to us at Overview Property Inspection if you have any questions and/or comments. Follow us on Facebook and we will see you on your next inspection!
Hey everyone, Pierre with Overview Property Inspection we are doing a post inspection for client that bought these skinnies behind me and so I want to recap from last couple weeks ago so originally, we had the overhead service in direct contact with the roof of course but EPCOR was nice enough to relocate that wire for us client if you're watching this video keep an eye on that wire the overhead service indirect contact with that tree just to recap the last video was about decks okay the Builder has installed new beams because the cantilever exceeded 24 inches and then also the cantilever exceeded 16 inches on the beam ends. Ok I think was like 3 or 4 feet somewhere in that area anyhow we had the client forward us the compliance certificate okay see compliant certificate for those of you who are unfamiliar with a compliant certificate essentially what happens is you have a surveyor come out and do a site plan RPR and then from there that gets submitted to the city, the city will review that site plan and ensure that the structures have been permitted and that they meet the Current bylaws and so forth so it's subject to the garage, the deck ,the house okay now we've got the certificate saying that the city’s inspected this structure on both okay so a few things this pier is leaning quite a bit now probably not a concern today but as the ground moves and shifts and freezes you can expect that to be a problem now so what I want to show you as you can see we know from the previous inspection that the beam cannot exceed 16 inches well we're sitting at about 26 27 on center now obviously concern or doesn't meet building code I should say and then as you can see here I can stick my hand underneath the pier now a few other things to mention is whenever you've got a three-ply beam it should be resting on a six by six to ensure you have a continuous transfer of weight right now s you can see here half of it is missing a meet those joints well if we've got compliance certificate from the city saying that this decks been inspected how can we have this many concerns well let me tell you if you’re walking service from for the deck from here to grade is less than 24 inches it's not subject to city inspection how can that be you're buying a six seven hundred or even eight hundred thousand dollar house and the deck wasn't inspected well you want a home inspector that knows the building code well we don't recite the building code it's very important for you to be familiar with it and so if you hire someone that has been in the retail industry for years and then all of a sudden become a home inspector how can you expect them to have this experience so very important that you hire someone that has trade experience well I'm not against learning on the job because as you do an apprenticeship you learn on the job I sure is how wouldn't want to be paying someone five hundred dollars to be learning on the job especially when you're paying six seven eight hundred thousand dollars for a home okay so very important for you guys to remember that anyhow if you need an inspection where your home inspectors got the experience in the trenches firsthand and will look after your best interest make sure you reach out to us 780-716-0752 follow us on Facebook and I'll see you on the next home inspection Overview Property Inspection.
Hey everyone its Pierre, with Overview Property Inspection, I wanted to share with you guys an inspection that we did last week, so a young couple hired us to perform an inspection for them on a brand new home and so upon completion, we had a deficiencies list of 32 items not to mention there is cement yes concrete in the sewer line now don't ask me how it got there but I've got the video should anyone challenge me on that. Anyhow, the reason for the video is you need to hire someone even on new construction okay and so you want to hire someone that has construction experience. I am a carpenter by trade and own a construction company, I know construction in and out. But if it’s not Overview and its someone else make sure that they're qualified and able to explain the systems and components within the home. Okay number two, have a sewer scope performed very important okay as I shared concrete in the sewer line okay we see it time and time again where there's problems with the new sewer line in new construction now of course old construction you can expect you know your typical tree root infiltration little things like that of course but new construction should be defect free with the sewer line. Well what happens is as they backfill the trench generally speaking they should be doing in 12 inch lifts okay what that means is installing 12 inches of soil packing it 12 inches of soil packing and so forth until the trench is full well I've seen it firsthand where the backhoe will come in and fill the trench at one drop and so as their backfilling you can imagine the buckets dumping all the soil and it's putting thousands and thousands of pounds of pressure on that pipe and so as a result your sewer line starts to do this called sags or bellies okay and so if you're buying a brand new build and you're the one with the sewer line and you don't know about it who's responsible later on you are. So for the cost that is associated with the sewer scope and knowing the condition of it before the condition is in your best interest now not every sewer line with sags need to be repaired immediately of course you know you've got depends on the severity but at least you'll know the condition of it okay if there is problems with it you're able to either be proactively monitoring that sewer line or maybe you're doing the adjustments on your purchase or if it's severe you have it fixed entirely right okay so for the monetary value it's not very much in my opinion anyhow if you want a home inspector that I will go to bat look after your best interest and knows construction and can perform sewer scope for you make sure you reach out to us at 780-716-0752 and again you got to follow us on Facebook for our weekly tips and maintenance until next time Pierre with Overview Property Inspection.
Good afternoon everyone, Pierre, with Overview Property Inspection we are performing an inspection we are inside the attic and I just wanted to show you guys a condition that we see in particular with newer builds when you got it a condition called attic rain so if you look on your insulation this is what are looking for you are looking for little droplets and even lines within the insulation. Usually when you have got lines it is usually at the joint in the sheathing and so what happens is you get frost forming inside the attic and when it melts it's leaving these little droplets on the insulation so if you have this condition make sure you are improving the ventilation this can be detrimental to your home so if you want to follow us on Facebook for weekly tips and maintenance.
Good morning everyone, Pierre, with Overview property inspection I wanted to recap on last week's post regarding downspout placement and so I wanted to share with you guys and bring awareness where is your downspout discharging as you see here on this home it's discharging right across a walking surface and you can imagine with our climate this will wreak havoc in the winter time as the water will freeze and so be mindful where are they discharging and make sure they are properly placed at least five or six feet away from the house to minimize water infiltration manage the water minimize your risk if you need an inspection we can be reached directly at 780-716-0752 and additionally you got to follow us on Facebook for weekly tips and maintenance until next time.
Hey everyone, Pierre, with Overview Proper Inspection here we are performing an inspection and we are walking the roof covering of a Two Story home I want to ask guys does your home inspector walk the roof surface? It's very important that he does it helps you identify any potential concerns with your new purchase. Now I want to share with you guys something to keep on your radar that’s to do with plumbing vents so it's not uncommon for your plumbing vents to have sediment and debris forming in them and so you want to make sure that you are inspecting them annually and one quick test you can do to help you determine if there is some clogging is flush your toilet a couple times and try to identify any bubbles that's in the line and so if you do have bubbles you might have a blocked vent. Then as far as for the sinks what you can do is fill up a sink with a little bit of water pull the plug and then if you do have bubbling you may have an obstruction in the vent okay so if you do suspect you do reach out to a plumber they can help you repair that concern and if you need an inspection and one that your home inspector is going to look after your needs and try to walk your roof surface on a two-story reach out to us at 780-716-0752 and of course you got to follow us on Facebook for weekly tips and maintenance.