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Hugh Cairns: The perfect house

Hugh Cairns: The perfect house

Dec 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

People are often curious to know what kinds of conditions are found during home inspections. In older homes, the inspection report often leads itself to...

Hugh Cairns: Attic frost

Hugh Cairns: Attic frost

Dec 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

Q. How much attic frost is too much? A. After sticking my head into hundreds of attics every year, I can tell you that seeing some frost low on the underside...

Hugh Cairns: Mouse!

Hugh Cairns: Mouse!

Dec 1, 2014 / 5:00 am

When I’m out inspecting it’s not uncommon to find evidence of rodents. Evidence can be found year round, but just like us humans, in the winter,...

Hugh Cairns: It’s not going to be perfect

Hugh Cairns: It’s not going to be perfect

Nov 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

In my book, there are three primary outcomes from home inspections and they are all categorized as good. There are the inspections where a significant existing...

Home inspection fees could soar

Home inspection fees could soar

Nov 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

If you have had a home inspection or are about to have one, in probability it will be conducted by a member of BC’s predominant association of home...

Hugh Cairns: Excessive dryer lint build-up

Hugh Cairns: Excessive dryer lint build-up

Nov 10, 2014 / 5:00 am

A quick look at your dryer venting can be very illuminating. Up on the roof and out of the way this dryer vent is causing problems. Notwithstanding long drying...

Hugh Cairns: Do this before winter

Hugh Cairns: Do this before winter

Nov 3, 2014 / 5:00 am

For homeowners, the end of Fall means that your home should be prepared for winter. Beyond yard cleanup and irrigation blowouts, homeowners should be completing...

Hugh Cairns: Your aging hot water tank

Hugh Cairns: Your aging hot water tank

Oct 27, 2014 / 5:00 am

How old is the hot water tank? Does it need replacing? These are some of the hot water tank questions that I am routinely asked while conducting a home...

Hugh Cairns: Hot topic - WETT reports

Hugh Cairns: Hot topic - WETT reports

Oct 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

Nothing beats a toasty fire on colder days. Wood burning inserts, wood stoves and fireplaces provide a house with warmth and ambience. It is estimated that...

Five reasons to service your furnace

Five reasons to service your furnace

Oct 13, 2014 / 5:00 am

In most homes, the furnace is the primary heat source. There is a lot at stake should break down or require replacement. Furnaces are a big investment, new...

Hugh Cairns: Irrigating crawlspaces

Hugh Cairns: Irrigating crawlspaces

Oct 6, 2014 / 5:00 am

Not every home is built with a crawlspace, but if you have one and an irrigation system it’s best to poke your head down there a few times a year to see...

Improved home inspector standards announced

Improved home inspector standards announced

Sep 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

The home inspection profession in BC continues to be the leading edge in consumer protection and home inspector standards across Canada and North America, and...

Hugh Cairns: Gutter drainage problems

Hugh Cairns: Gutter drainage problems

Sep 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

Gutter Drainage Problems -What are the Signs? If you’ve had a Hugh Cairns Home Inspection then you know that water is the number one enemy of any home....

Hugh Cairns: TPR valve leaks

Hugh Cairns: TPR valve leaks

Sep 8, 2014 / 5:00 am

As you can imagine a leaking hot water tank is not good news. Small leaks are a clear sign of a looming larger problem. When water is heated it expands. This is...

Hugh Cairns: Hot water tank failure

Hugh Cairns: Hot water tank failure

Aug 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

A leaking hot water tank is not good news. While a small leak may seem somewhat of a nuisance, it can quickly turn into a big problem. Hot water tanks often...

Hugh Cairns:  Carpenter ant damage

Hugh Cairns: Carpenter ant damage

Jul 28, 2014 / 5:00 am

To read last week's article, Carpenter Ants, click here. In this case of this home, Camponotus vicinus have made themselves at home. The vicinus species...

Hugh Cairns: Carpenter ants

Hugh Cairns: Carpenter ants

Jul 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

Carpenter ants are the most visible—and perhaps the most intimidating—of the wood destroying pests encountered in the Okanagan. Carpenter ants, as...

Hugh Cairns: Vegetation against house

Hugh Cairns: Vegetation against house

Jul 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

Sure vegetation increases a home’s appeal, but it might add other things too. Vegetation growing on the house attracts insects to the house and they will...

Hugh Cairns: Inspection friends

Hugh Cairns: Inspection friends

Jul 7, 2014 / 5:00 am

It seems that most homes that I visit have animals. On the outside we see mice, rats, raccoons, snakes, chickens, horses, cow, critters and birds regularly....

Hugh Cairns: bleach vs mould

Hugh Cairns: bleach vs mould

Jun 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

Common bleach is cheap and readily available at our local supermarkets. When it comes to killing mould most consumers reach for bleach first. Household bleach...

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