Don’t let this happen to you!

In our day to day inspections a few undesirable things come up. The reality is, every home requires maintenance. Houses are like snowflakes each one is unique. We would like to share some of the things we encounter in the day to day inspecting, in an effort to encourage homeowners to keep up maintenance. Every month give back to your house, love it and treat it with kindness. Be SAFE and SOUND, don’t let this happen to you.

Keep your gutters free of debris

Keep your gutters free of debris

Here is an example of a gutter that is no longer moving water away from the home. Remember all water MUST be moved away from the home to prevent damage. Depending on the trees and winds where your home is located we recommend you check your gutters two to four times a year to ensure they are always kept free of debris.

Check your downspouts by running water through them ensure they are flushing properly.

Screen your vents

Screen your vents

This is an extremely large black hornet nest. Upon removal it spanned three feet by four feet, and is very rare. The professionals brought in to deal with this one figured it had been active for many years. Prevention is done through sealing the home and screening vents. Checking the attic space from time to time, would have caught it in the initial stages and made removal much easier.

 

 

Check access points to the home often

Check access points to the home often

Although bats are very environmentally friendly, often eating up to 250 mosquitoes each every night, you may not want them in your home. Prevention is done by keeping all doors and access points to crawl spaces and out buildings closed, especially at night. Seldom do they seek out an active home, but rather favour quiet, low activity shelter. If you ever come across a bat, always wear a mask and protect your self from droppings.

 
 
 
The ants go marching...in colonies

The ants go marching...in colonies

Sugar ants are rather annoying, however could be the sign of something else. Carpenter Ants however, are a different story. Wet punky wood can become a big carpenter ant party; they don’t even feed off the wood, but rather make nests. Sawdust anywhere could be an indicator of there presence. You must determine the reason the ants are nesting in the structure before killing them in order to assess how to prevent future infestations. Common in BC, once in the home will then seek out a food source. It is recommended that you deny access, fix the problem and terminate. This nest had been established for a while spanning several feet, the cause in this case was a blocked gutter.


Clean your firepalce

Clean your firepalce

There’s something about a roaring fire on a cold night. When your not relaxing remember; fireplaces require maintenance too. This chimney is a great example of what can happen. It had been cleaned within one year of this photo. The cause… wet wood, not aged properly and the wrong kind of wood was used. Wood should be a hard wood, seasoned for at least one year and throughly dry. This chimney could have caught fire because the creosote build-up was so thick it partically covered the stack.

 

 

Clear out access, get rid of Rat ladders

Nothing seems worse than a rat, and really getting rid of them is much more difficult than prevention. Rats can climb like cats, they collapse their rib cages, they are smart, live in groups, help each other, reproduce quickly and can become a very big problem in as little as one season. During the inspection process we can not always detect them. Check for droppings, listen through the walls, and maybe even see one (like this little guy). We recommend removing trees, sealing any cracks, nooks or access points. Once they can no longer enter the residence you can then begin extermination. You have to move them off the property and leave no source of food. Due to their territorial nature a professional will often need to be engaged.