New Home Inspections

With new home inspections becoming more popular it is very important that the inspector reviews manufacturers installation instructions. One would assume that builder’s would be installing products to manufacturers specs and current B.C. Building Code but unfortunately it’s just not the case. In this new home the specifications were reviewed which found the manufacturers installation instructions specifically state that this flooring must not be installed in bathrooms as this will void the product warranty. Also the manufacturer states that the cabinets and island must be installed prior or laying the flooring. The island had been installed over top of the floor which would also void the product warranty as expansion contraction would be limited. This concern was brought to the builders attention and the flooring was replaced.

Moisture Ingress & Efflorescence

Do you ever wonder why there is white staining on your brick chimney and other building materials? The holes in the mortar were allowing water to penetrate behind the bricks on the top section of this chimney. The white staining is called efflorescence which is the migration of salt to the surface of porous building materials and are indications that moisture is a concern. The holes and cracks in the mortar will continue to cause damage to the chimney if not adequately repaired 🤓 #fail #chimney #bricks #education #youneedtoknow #repairs #enginspections #homeinspector

Polybutylene Water Supply Piping

If you have polybutylene water supply piping and your home is 30 years old, my suggestion is to budget for complete replacement. From my experience polybutylene pipe has a life expectancy of approximately 30 years and could be significant concern when buying or selling a home. Polybutylene pipe has been discontinued for use in and Canada due to plastic fittings that pre maturely fail. It is recommended to contact your insurance service provider for more information on polybutylene piping as there could be a premium on the deductible. It is believed that oxidants in the public water supplies, such as chlorine, react with the polybutylene piping and acetal fittings causing them to scale, flake and become brittle. Micro-fractures are the result and the basic structural integrity of the system is reduced. Thus, the system becomes weak and may fail without warning causing damage to the building structure and personal property. It is believed that other factors may also contribute to the failure of polybutylene systems, such as improper installation, but it is virtually impossible to detect installation problems throughout an entire system. #fail #replace #budget #money #fixit #experience #concern