Aug 272010

It’s used in North American Medical Operating Rooms, Food industry, Water Treatment. It’s Even used in European Medicine, in Your Body.  Why Not Your Home????

The Bed Bug infestation in Toronto has been a huge focus in all forms of media the last few years. Lately it is the hype in every facet of news.  It seems that remedies for controlling the problem revolve around pesticide usage or ‘baking’ premises where melting of valuables and possibility of fire destruction can occur.  Health Canada sites as well as environmental spokes person’s still resort to the familiar pesticide use which usually must to be performed a number of times, to ward off recurring infestation. This solution has not been preventative.

These treatments are equally as dangerous to individual’s health and the safety of their living environments as are pest infestations. The Professionals most heard in the Canadian media have not seemed to offer any definitive recommendation leaning toward a greener, non-chemical, less environmentally hazardous, maybe more effective way of solving the problem.

Ozonation or Ozone shock treatment is used regularly world-wide in industrial and medical facilities to sanitize: air, transported foods, environments and kill bacteria, viruses, insects and small pests. In Europe ozone is widely used in the treatment of certain diseases also. During a residential ozone treatment for air purification and odour treatment, it is mandatory that plants, pets and people be vacated for at least a 24 hour time line (not unlike the pesticide and heat treatments). Does it stand to reason that if Ozone Shock could kill plants, pets and human beings, it would also kill vermin? When applied by a trained operator, in an unoccupied space, it is safe.

When considering Ozonation, as with any other treatment mentioned above, it is always highly recommended to use a certified generator operator, rather than do it yourself. Give Iron View Inspections a call.  Ozonation could be your least toxic, building material friendly, remedy?

Aug 172010

The GTA is one of those areas were moisture can and at some point will become a problem in
living environments if not kept under control. Our city and surrounding area radiates above the
lake and is inundated by rivers and creeks and surrounded by farmland, orchards and vineyard
of the Green Belt. All these environments create for a lot of moisture in the air. Our exceptionally
hot, humid summers where a continual flow of air-conditioned interiors pitted against the heated
exteriors lend to a saturation of moisture in interior air, in homes and places of business.

Older homes built in these regions without proper vapour barriers, thermal insulation and newer
air exchange systems and may have earthen floors and crawl spaces, will find sweating of the
envelope to be a problem. More often than not however, moisture issues develop from within
the home than from the exterior. Newer built homes may find they have even more moisture
problems due to moisture evaporation of the newer building materials including the everyday
use of convenience appliances. If moisture is not controlled, insulation may become damp and
effectiveness will be compromised. If you find wooden floors buckling, gypsum clammy to the
touch, paint peeling, you probably have too much moisture in your environment.

Having your home inspected on a regular basis and budgeting in maintenance checks on HVAC
and air quality is the best way to protect your biggest investment from moisture problems. A
knowledgeable Inspector can offer solutions to your particular living and working environment,
eliminating headaches that may creep up during winter months. A time of year you do not want to
be dealing with messy repairs.

www.home-smart.org/how_your_house_works

www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Aug 122010

Don’t panic if your house or the house you are planning to buy has aluminum wiring. Aluminum
wiring began to be used residentially in the early 1970’s. It has been implicated in a number of
house fires. Even though most jurisdictions no longer permit it in new installations, it has never
been banned. However, it received so much bad press, that aluminum wiring stopped going into
houses by the late 1970’s.

Aluminum wiring has a higher resistance than copper and builds up heat, expanding when used,
then contracts when cooling and at times oxidizes. All of this activity stretches the wires and may
cause loose connections. It is usually a thicker wire than copper wiring. Aluminum wiring is used
today to bring power into the house from the street.

Aluminum wire in your home is not a problem but other factors about its connections and
condition are. You may see “ALUMINUM” or “AL” printed on the cable, if it is still legible. To be
sure have an inspector check the wiring to be safe. If your inspector detects issues he should
make written recommendation for you to have a licensed electrician check the wiring, on his
report. A home inspector is not licensed to tighten, change or perform work on the wiring.

View the following sites for more important details:

www.faqs.org/faqs/electrical-wiring/part2/section-16

www.media.reliancenetwork.com/media/downloads/RemaxIL/200614473328.pdf

www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminum_wire

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