What Do I Do If My Toilet Clogs?

It’s something you use every single day. You have one at home, you use one at work; you have access to one pretty much wherever and whenever. When they’re working, they provide us relief, but when they aren’t…? Cue stress. That’s right – we’re talking about our favourite thing in the bathroom – our toilets. It’s … Read more

How to Design a Calming Nursery

There’s nothing more exciting than bringing your newborn home for the first time from the hospital and showing them their nursery. As you plan to have a child or children, you want to create a calming environment for them to grow in. It’s inevitable that newborns will wake up in the middle of the night … Read more

Code Requirement for Bathroom Vent Location | Bathroom Exhaust

Bathroom Vent Location | Bathroom Exhaust

Well, there’s no specific building code requirement for the bathroom vent location / exhaust fan installation. You can have it almost anywhere on the ceiling or wall (floors are forbidden due to possibility of vent flooding). The one you see on the picture is slightly above the floor level (it’s actually just a register, fan motor installed in the attic above), and I personally guarantee that in this location works like a charm (this bathroom has one more above the shower stall).
The reason for placing the bathroom vent motor in the attic and running an […]

Bathroom Vent CFM Calculator | Bathroom Exhaust Fan Sizing

Bathroom vent CFM calculator uses 3 stage formula located below. It is based on HVI (Home Ventilating Institute) guidelines that recommend approximately 8 room air exchanges per hour  for a bathroom under 100 square feet of area. CFM – cubic feet per minute – general term used to specify the amount of air that the … Read more

How to Perform Kitchen Inspection | Home Inspector Tips

The following kitchen inspection guidelines can be used by a home inspector to establish routine procedures while performing a general home kitchen inspection. Every home owner/ seller / buyer can also follow this kitchen inspection manual to determine if his kitchen conforms to the residential construction industry standards or / and if the contractor did his job right on a brand new kitchen.

Keep in mind that building codes are updated / changed periodically and requirements my slightly vary between jurisdictions. Don’t hesitate to ask me questions and always verify if particular requirement has been adopted and is being enforced in your area by contacting your local building department.

Bathroom Window Safety Glass | Tempered Glass in Bathrooms

Bathroom window safety glass is required if the bottom edge of the window is within 60” from the tub or shower standing surface.
This bathroom window safety glass requirement has been with us since 1991 edition of the Uniform Building Code. However, almost every single home inspection I perform in a new construction or gut-rehabbed properties fails on the bathroom window… obviously; it’s not an important requirement.
Anyway, for your own safety (not the developers), if you have a window on one of the shower or bathtub surrounding walls and its bottom section of the glass starts less than 60” from […]