Oct 152012

Shorter days, cooler evenings, less sunlight all make for a beautiful transition from summer into fall. The brilliance has just begun. Take advantage of the next few weeks where enough sunshine and warm afternoons still allow you to perform all those maintenance tasks in preparation for winter.

Clean, re-caulk and weatherproof doors, windows, gutters and around exterior venting to minimize condensation accumulation when warm indoor air hits cold outdoor air; helps to minimize rot and to keep out the insects from moving indoors to hibernate too. Take care of any unwanted drafts now.

Keep landscaping free of falling leaves that will rot and breed mildew and mold. Cut back perennials and pull out the annuals for the same purpose. Make sure paving stones are level before the snow and ice arrive to minimize tripping hazards. Take advantage of the landscaping specials and re-seed lawns with winter fertilizer and weed and feed products to thicken sod and minimize spring weed growth. Keep watering if precipitation is low before the freeze comes to be sure plant roots do not freeze dry.

Clean or replace furnace filters and have the heating mechanisms serviced for optimum efficiency. Don’t forget to continue ventilating the air during these cooler months by running kitchen and bath fans for up to an hour daily as indoor hot water use during bathing and cooking will cause condensation issues.

 Visit www.ivinspect.com or e-mail or call Iron View Inspections Inc. for maintenance check lists to ensure your home will be care free and cozy for the coming winter season.

Happy Thanksgiving

From Jim, Cathy, Nelson

The Iron View Team taking a Solid Look at your Home

Jun 042012

Got a call the other day from a potential client concerning ozone treatments. He was considering putting an offer in on a million dollar home in the east end of Toronto.  He loved the layout, size and location. The home was well maintained. The deterrent to offer was the cooking odour that caused him to cringe as he entered the home. The odour lingered through the rooms as he walked through the home. I answered all his questions about the process. His final question was;

“Would you guarantee 100% that the odour would be eliminated?”

 We know remediation companies that do only this kind of work, who would not give 100% guarantee that odour would be eliminated. We know homes where extensive ozone shock treatments were performed however the building materials had been saturated with bodily fluids, cooking and smoke odours. As fresh as the first few weeks were after the treatment, the odours returned. They could only be fully eliminated when the affected building materials were thoroughly cleaned or replaced.

I asked if the home had multiple offers and if he was considering entering a bidding war.  He laughed and answered with frustration and sarcasm;

“Is there any other kind of offer on the market today?  I lost the bids on six homes prior to this one in the last few months. I waived all conditions including inspections.”

He really liked this home but the pungent cooking odour was so offensive to him. I asked how long the owner had lived there. He told me they were the original owners for 30 + years. I sadly informed him that those odours have most likely saturated some of the building materials in that home and if he were to bid and win, waiving an inspection, he would be fully responsible for the cost of cleaning the air and eliminating the odours.  In all probability he would not be able to go back to the realtor or seller for any compensation.

Iron View Inspections recommended he have a Pre-offer inspection. We would be able to identify if any carpets and draperies needed to be cleaned or removed all together. We would suggest he ask that walls and cabinets were cleaned with liquid ozone as well ask for the ducts to be professionally cleaned as part of the bid. Only then would the ozone shock guarantee the best possible outcome.

 

Ozone treatments kill bacteria, viruses and some moulds that linger in the air not the ones embedded in layers of dust in ventilation systems or organic or synthetic materials that have been saturated with the odours over a long period of time. Ozone shock will kill plants and small pests as well. However, if the source of the odour is not eliminated first, it may creep back into the air you breathe and smell.

A Pre-offer or Pre-Listing Inspection on any properties, especially in this current market, is a benefit to the buyer and the seller. Either of theses inspections from Iron View Inspections would give a better idea of what they are dealing with prior to an offer. A Pre-Listing Inspection would help the seller make their home much more marketable as well.

~Be As Informed As You Can Be~

Mar 262012

An Iron View Inspection Blog Post by Jim Bodnarchuk

On Your Mark…Get Set…Get Ready….GET Your Fans Going!!!

Whoa! We’ve experienced and welcomed the record warm temperatures for five days longer than expected. Where are those so called Thunder Storms? Had a taste on Thursday evening, March 22 with 2 large rumbles in as clouds darkened the sky around dinner- time bringing a half hour of spitting, couldn’t even call it a sprinkle, in the Mississauga region. A balmy breezy evening continued into the night.

Apparently the Jet Stream has split. That is the reason for the unseasonably high temperatures we have been experiencing. Yet just an hour north of us and much closer to the lakes the weather has been beating down   the rain, wind and lightning storms, hail and sleet. This has increased the humidity in our GTA, 83% last night and climbing. 

This kind of weather also increases the “Nasty’s” that come with high humidity; fungi, mold, bugs, the wood boring types. We’ve seen an increase in carpenter ants this week. Last year was considered an epidemic year by pest controllers. This year they have a head start.

Reduce humidity in your home by running kitchen and bathroom fans, opening windows when the breezes are blowing, keeping windows closed during high fog and smog days and staying on top of any leaky situations.  Replace damp or rotting wood on decks or any entrances into your home like doorways, windows, soffits and fascia too. 

~ Be As Informed As You Can Be~

Mar 292011

Warmer temperatures, a little rain, balmy breezes during the day and a few evening winds to dry it all up. Crocus and Hyacinth graced us some bloom. First signs of spring are all but buried now a few weeks later, colder temperatures, blizzard conditions that left the GTA wondering if we should have called another snow day shut down. Let’s hope it is the last and not a prequel to Ice storms.

While we have that light blanket of snow, take advantage. The upside of this weather phenomenon is that we will have one last chance to observe what is happening on the exterior of our homes and buildings. Get your maintenance list ready. CMHC provides a great check list of things to do for seasonal maintenance of your home. Check out the CMHC Home Maintenance Schedule now.

Here’s a quick summary of some of the things that you can do for the exterior of your home:

  • Look for those places where melting snow is dripping through eves trough seams that need sealing or replacing
  • Check those shingles for wet spots where snow has melted, indicating heat loss
  • Look for areas around the foundation where melting snow or rain is pooling and make a note to fill and grade soil slopping away from the foundation
  • Watch for those plantings that are sprouting and spreading too close to the foundations and make accommodation to trim them or transplant them at least two feet away from the foundation to allow for proper air flow and reduce humidity and moisture build up which can lead to mildew growth  compromising concrete
  • Watch for pavement that has lifted due to frost and make a note to reset and level walking paths.

Inside make it a point to check:

  • The attic for ventilation leaks or ice dams
  • Dryer vents should be cleaned from lint build up
  • If it is taking longer to dry your laundry that is evidence of lint build up in your venting tubes, lint build up can cause combustion fires
  • Your furnace filters and hot water tank valves should be checked too

Regular maintenance will improve the Air quality in your home. Consider the non-chemical way to freshen your space from odours trapped in fabrics and venting systems before summer arrives, the windows are closed tight for optimum A/C. You will be too busy enjoying the outdoors come mid-April if this year is anything like last. Once you are spending your days outside, consider Ozone Shock treatments to purify the air and dissipate odour build up in your living environment. It only takes a leisurely day away to perform this service for improved Air Quality.

HAPPY SPRING TIME

From the team at Iron View Inspections

Oct 272010

As Canadians, we are concerned about the quality of the air we breathe outdoors, but what about the air inside our homes? A study from the Government of Canada states on average, we spend 88.6% of our time indoors and 5.3% of our time in vehicles. With the winter months, we tend to shut our doors and windows, reducing the amount of fresh air and ventilation, while increasing the amount of dust, dust mites, dust mite feces, spores and bacteria in the air we breathe. There is a solution to this concern … Ozonation.

Ozone generators are patented, high tech machines that are used as air purifiers for cleaning and killing mould, spores, unwanted odours (smoke, pets, cooking), bacteria, fungus, and pests.

Ozonation works for:
• Homes
• Businesses
• Vehicles
• Used sporting equipment (you know, that smelly
hockey bag!)

During the ozonation process, all living things, including plants, must be removed. Ozonation is a safe, natural and chemical-free process!

For more information call Iron View Inspections today at 1-888-449-4324.

Sep 232010

It’s that time of year again, registration, equipment drives. We’re buying equipment  for our children and ourselves that is permeated with another person’s bacteria. No matter how much you wash it it smells. That is because the bacteria from that other persons sweat has just dried up in the equipment. Iron View Inspections has a way to rid not just the odour but zap that old dry bacteria, any viruses or mildew out of the equipment. We use an ozone shock UV simulator. It will not only freshen up the equipment but it will sanitize it. This method is used in water treatment plants, the food industry, as well as hospital operating rooms to sanitize air and equipment and kill bacteria, viruses and vermin.

Don’t discard it. Rejuvenate it. Start your sports season Fresh.
You can recycle one individuals equipment for another season and save hundreds of dollars.

Call JIM Your OZONATOR for more details. 1-416-241-4324 or toll free 1-888-449-4324.

Iron View also sanitizes the air in sports complex dressing rooms. Call us today for more details.

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?

Mar 182010

This is our 1st testimonial from a very happy customer, don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in the same level of great service from our staff.

“I had never heard of the ozonation process and it’s benefits so I thought I’d try it inside my car. What a difference it made! It was fast and left my car smelling much better having the musty smell removed. I’d recommend anyone who struggles with asthma and allergies like myself to try this out – you’ll be amazed with the difference”. SK – Kitchener, ON

Mar 082010

Iron View Inspections is committed to continuing education, professional development and dialogue concerning Air Quality, Home and Property Inspections.

Ozone is a natural occurring element of fresh air. It exists in the protective ozone layer created by ultraviolet rays of the sun reacting with the Earth’s upper atmosphere. It can also be created artificially with an ozone generator. The ozone molecule contains O3 atoms rendering it more volatile than the oxygen atom that contains 2. As a stronger acting oxidizer it is more reactive and unstable, however it has a short half-life reverting quickly to oxygen. Ozone is proven to oxidize all bacteria, mould and yeast spores, organic material and viruses.

Ozone was originally recognized as beneficial in industry as far back as the American Aboriginal peoples. Fishing was one of their main industries. They noticed a more successful catch occurred after an electric storm when a strange odor was released by the action of lightning. The Greeks also noticed the odor, they named “ozein”, and they preferred fishing after a storm and still do today.  “The explanation for this natural phenomenon is that after an electric storm the upper layer of water in lakes is enriched with diluted oxygen and therefore naturally ozonated. The positive influence of ozone on the digestive system of different species of fish has been scientifically documented.” (www.ozonelab.com/articles/011.htm) Today fish-farming or aqua-culture is only possible because of ozone’s ability to destroy viruses that are responsible for many diseases in fish culture.

Besides Aqua-culture, ozone water treatment for drinking water has become very popular. Nice, France is known as the birthplace of ozonated water. It is not only used to bottle water but also juice and other beverages like wine. It is also used in the bottling industry to sterilize and clean equipment and barrels. There are hundreds more applications for ozone use and many more are developing. It has been used in agriculture as an alternative to pesticide use and it leaves no chemical residue behind on plants. It is used in cooling towers of nuclear power plants to transfer heat more effectively and reduce chemical usage. The medical and sanitation fields use ozonation to disinfect and sterilize environments, as well as tools and equipment since it is the strongest oxidant known that decomposes to oxygen, leaving no harmful residues. The food industry and farming industry uses ozone to sanitize fruit and vegetables also to aid in the chilling process and disinfect equipment. Besides produce it has also been used in soil remediation and water waste. Water waste may be the most innovative use as in the laundry industry. Ozone application reduces the use of hot water and recycles wash water for reuse resulting in monumental savings for hotels and hospitals, not to mention the lack of consumption, which is always good for a more sustainable environment.

Ozone is used in alternative medical therapies as well. It was first discovered by a homeopath Joseph Lloyd Martin, and 16 years later, in 1856, used for the first time to disinfect operating rooms and sterilize surgical instruments. Doctors used ozone for its bacterial and virus destroying properties applying it to infected wounds in WWI. They also found it had hemo-dynamic and anti-inflammatory properties. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozone_therapy#Methods_of_administration) By the 1990’s the Food and Drug Act approved of ozone use as a disinfectant in food processing industry.

As of July 1, 1998 Health Canada has issued warnings to consumers not to use an ozone generator marked as “air cleaner” or “pollution control device” in their occupied homes. The regular over the counter generators and door to door sales of air purifiers that generate ozone into inhabited environments, seem to be posing respiratory irritations. This warning does not apply to ozone generators used to disinfect air by use of a trained individual, in an unoccupied space.

“Health Canada is concerned about the use of ozone generators in occupied spaces where the public may be exposed to ozone gas. Health Canada’s warning does not apply to ozone generators intended for use in unoccupied spaces by trained individuals who are following appropriate occupational health and safety requirements.” http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/house-domes/electron/cleaners-air-purificateurs-eng.php#a6

One Wikipedia source indicates that ozone will kill bacteria, vermin and mold, however in the case of mold the dead spores that remain can cause respiratory problems.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:High-ozone_shock_treatment. It is always recommended by Iron View Inspections to have a mold remediation expert deal with mold once its discovery is verified.

Our senior Inspector is our ‘Ozonator’ at Iron View Inspections. He has training in Ozonation application for unoccupied buildings and areas within buildings. We ozonate vehicles as well, to help eliminate foul odours caused by bacteria, and other air-bourne additives.  We use a generator that is covered by the FDA (Food and Drug Act) and PCPA (Pest Control Products Act) and passes regulations of the CSA (Canadian Standards Association). It is required that the premises to be treated is evacuated of all persons, animals and living plants, during the process and for some time after the treatment, to allow for ozone to safely revert back to a healthier fresher form of oxygen.

When safely applied, Ozonation is the most natural, non-chemical way of sanitizing your environment, freshening and improving your air quality.

Below is one testimonial of a client who had been complaining about the odours in her car that were aggravating her respiratory conditions every time she got in to drive. She is very thankful to have learned of the process offered by Iron View Inspections.

“ I had never heard of the ozonation process and its benefits before meeting Jim from Iron View Inspections. So…I thought I would try it inside my car. What a difference it made. It was fast and left my car smelling much better having the musty smell removed. I’d recommend anyone who struggles with asthma and allergies like myself to try this out.”         S.K. ( Waterloo Region)

~ Be As Fully Informed As You Can Be~

Sources: InterNACHI, Inspect4U, Ozone Lab, Health Canada, Wikipedia,

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