Interior – CheckThisHouse Home maintenance, remodeling, repair, and improvement tips for your property Thu, 09 Jul 2020 21:59:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How To Deep Clean Your New Home Before Moving In Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:20:01 +0000 Whenever you are going to move into a new abode, there is a high possibility that somebody else resided there before. Bearing this in mind, you ought to be extra careful at least during the initial week of your moving in. One authentic way to accept your new residence will be to look after it ... Read more]]> Top 7 Tips To Make Your Building’s Bathrooms Sparkle Mon, 06 Jul 2020 21:22:06 +0000 Commercial bathrooms have a simple purpose. Office complexes, retail stores, municipal buildings, and theaters all have central areas such as lobbies or reception areas. But restrooms are easy to overlook until they have fallen below acceptable standards. Whether the ventilation unit is in disrepair or the hardware is rusting, restrooms require a lot of maintenance. ... Read more]]> How To Renovate Your Bedroom For The Summer Wed, 24 Jun 2020 11:57:36 +0000 Humans spend about one-third of their lives in the bedroom. It’s because sleep is an integral component of life. Without proper sleep in a comfortable space, you become vulnerable to health complications such as mood swings, fatigue, and weak immune systems. However, it can be challenging to gain the right comfort level during the summer. ... Read more]]> Leaky Dishwasher? Don’t Call the Handyman Just Yet Wed, 24 Jun 2020 11:46:06 +0000 We all get leaks sometimes at home. Whether it’s dishwashers, washing machines, or pipes anywhere around the house, leaks are always a sign that something is wrong and can be a great source of concern. However, before you get on the phone and drop hundreds of dollars on a repairman, take a look at this ... Read more]]> 10 Tips For Keeping Your Home Cooler This Summer Sat, 20 Jun 2020 11:58:18 +0000 Many people around the world love the summer season. It’s bright and sunny all day, meaning they get to enjoy a range of wonderful activities. Not to mention the summer vacations students get from schools and colleges. But, it can also get incredibly hot and humid during the season, leading to massive bills. If you ... Read more]]> How Technology Constantly Improves Your Lifestyle: Electronic Water Descaling Tue, 24 Mar 2020 19:45:37 +0000 water being poured into a glass on a blue backgroundWe live in an era where technology has advanced beyond our expectations. Over 100 years ago, we could barely even dream about improving our water. Nowadays we have electronic water descalers that can soften hard water without making it lose minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Because over 80% of U.S. households have problems with ... Read more]]> The 12 Types of Mold and Where to Find Them Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:21:32 +0000 Round air ventilation frame on white ceiling with wet stains, streaks and mould around ventilator.For any homeowner or renter, nothing is more annoying and alarming than having a mold problem in your residence. One, they’re unsightly and pungent. Two, some of them can be a little difficult to find. And three, they can take a toll on your overall health. Needless to say, it’s always advisable to seek help ... Read more]]> What Do I Do If My Toilet Clogs? Fri, 05 Jul 2019 20:03:57 +0000 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 Fri, 10 May 2019 19:29:46 +0000 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]]> Creating a Great School Environment for Your Homeschooled Child Wed, 02 Jan 2019 20:14:49 +0000 Homeschooling has evolved to be the choice of many young, modern parents who are distrustful of the safety that public school provides. These same parents are also dissatisfied with the current curriculum and academic instruction provided to their kids. Homeschooled children make up only four percent of the world’s student population. However, that total of ... Read more]]> Should You Sell, Throw Out or Fix the Expensive Stuff? Wed, 05 Dec 2018 21:56:53 +0000 Owning big-ticket items like a house and car is a decision not to be taken lightly, mainly because the responsibility of ownership doesn’t end with that initial purchase. When we buy something expensive, we expect it to last for a long time and are not necessarily thinking about future costs associated with repair, replacement and ... Read more]]> 3 Ways To Avoid Large Scale Bathroom Renovations Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:52:21 +0000 Well-functioning bathrooms achieve a lot. When they run well and look good, they increase the value of our homes, they keep us safe from things like mold, and they allow us to feel refreshed and at home in our houses. Sometimes, though, our bathrooms themselves are in need of a refresh. As those who own ... Read more]]> Basic Ways to Prepare Your Home For Winter Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:43:51 +0000 The cooler months of the year are certainly full of their own distinct charms, but for homeowners they also bring a distinct set of challenges. The precipitation levels increase, cold winds blow, and temperatures drop. Keeping our homes in good working order and ensuring they remain bright and warm doesn’t happen accidentally. Instead, it’s a ... Read more]]> 5 Things Every Home Owner Should Know About Their Attic Mon, 08 Oct 2018 18:38:08 +0000 Every homeowner knows all too well the stages of wondering what to do with their attic: cautiously exploring, ambitiously attempting to make use of it, and ultimately giving up and deciding to pretend that it isn’t even there. Maybe it’s spooky, maybe it’s a mess, or maybe it’s just a massive pain in the butt ... Read more]]> Extreme Amount of Moisture in my Attic | Attic Ventilation Sun, 21 Feb 2010 23:04:46 +0000 Condensation dripping from an H clip in poorly ventilated atticI have an extreme amount of moisture in my attic, I recently had my roof re-shingled and had the roofer add 2 more vents for better ventilation. There is a build up of frost in certain areas of my roof, it has been an extremely cold winter, would lack of insulation cause this and how deep should the insulation be?]]> How Much Attic Insulation You Need: Insulation Zone Map Thu, 14 Jan 2010 23:04:40 +0000 Lack of the floor attic insulation (house top floor ceiling), or inadequate amount of the insulation are definitely some of the most important reasons responsible for migration of conditioned (hot or warm) air into the attic. During the cold season, missing attic floor insulation or low levels of attic insulation might be devastating, result in ... Read more]]> How to Get Rid of Mold in Your Attic – Kill Stubborn Mold! Tue, 04 Aug 2009 21:00:54 +0000 How To Remove MoldLet me give you an advice on how to get rid of attic mold, something to consider before signing a contract with a mold remediation company.]]> 2 Code Requirement for Bathroom Vent Location & Bathroom Exhaust Thu, 30 Jul 2009 19:42:31 +0000 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 bathroom vent you see on the picture is slightly above the floor level (it’s actually just a register, ... Read more]]> 1 Proper Bathroom Exhaust Fan Sizing & Bathroom Vent CFM Calculator Thu, 30 Jul 2009 05:47:42 +0000 bathroom-air-ventBathroom 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]]> 1 Proper Attic Ventilation With Vent Chutes & Roof Soffit Vents Mon, 27 Jul 2009 02:24:50 +0000 Attic VentilationHouse attic ventilation & vent chutes Vent chutes that are also called baffles or rafter vents play an important role in your attic ventilation system. House attic vent chutes and their three important roles in attic ventilation: vent chutes provide unobstructed air passage between the soffit vents and the attic vent chutes allow installation of attic floor insulation close to the soffit, without worrying about clogging the soffit attic ventilation ports with insulation vent chutes allow for sufficient accumulation of insulation right above where your house ceiling meets the exterior wall, thus limiting air exchange between the living space and the attic  However, your attic ventilation / air [...]]]> How to Perform Kitchen Inspection | Home Inspector Tips Tue, 31 Mar 2009 03:38:54 +0000 Bathroom Window Safety Glass & Tempered Glass in Bathrooms Tue, 10 Mar 2009 04:21:45 +0000 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 ... Read more]]> 2 Kitchen Stove Safety Anti Tip Bracket Thu, 05 Mar 2009 03:48:02 +0000 Kitchen stove - two piece anti-tip bracketSimple devices like the kitchen stove anti tip bracket can save your child and yourself from serious injuries and sometimes even death. Kitchen stove anti tip bracket is a single or two piece device, supplied by the stove manufacturer, that must be installed at the base / behind the stove. It prevents the stove from tipping over or tilting while somebody applies pressure to the open oven door. Since 1991, after “voluntary safety standards” have been developed by UL (Underwriter Laboratories) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute), gas and electric stove installers are required to install provided by the manufacturer stove anti [...]]]> Bathroom Exhaust Fan & GFCI Bathroom Vent Protection Requirements Fri, 20 Feb 2009 02:58:33 +0000 Bathroom Exhaust Fan & GFCI Bathroom Vent Protection RequirementsEvery bathroom without an openable window (min 1.5sq. ft) requires an exhaust fan. The bathroom ceiling exhaust (or wall) should be discharging to the house exterior, not into the ceiling / wall frame cavity, or another room, crawlspace, attic, etc. This is extremely important if your bathroom contains any significant humidity source like a shower ... Read more]]> 2 Garbage Disposal Wiring & Kitchen Disposal Safety Sun, 15 Feb 2009 06:34:40 +0000 Loose garbage disposal electrical connectionHave you ever looked at your garbage disposal wiring? If you did, you’re probably not one of the homeowners that own garbage disposal units visible on the pictures. This is just another waiting for an accident type of a situation and garbage disposal wiring should be on a home maintenance routine check-up list. Garbage disposal vibration, especially under some heavy loads … by the way – this is not a garbage can, and don’t use it as such, sometimes causes garbage disposal wiring and plumbing connections to separate. Even properly wired garbage disposal electrical cable might become loose and fall off the connector creating [...]]]> Bathroom GFCI Receptacles and Electrical Components Thu, 22 Jan 2009 04:46:25 +0000 Stains on Walls, Ghost Marks, Water Marks on Walls, Soot – Is it a Mold Issue? Thu, 15 Jan 2009 18:33:27 +0000 During my inspections, I have been asked many times about stains on walls, also called ghost marks, soot deposits / dust marks and water marks on walls interior surfaces. Since there was usually a mold concern in my clients’ questions, I’ll try to explain that stains on walls / ghost mark phenomenon. Are stains on walls ... Read more]]> 2 Ice Dams and Icicles, Preventing Roof Edge Ice Damming Wed, 31 Dec 2008 02:59:22 +0000 Attic Black Mold and How to Prevent or Stop it from Growing Mon, 15 Dec 2008 23:03:27 +0000 3 Flood Damaged Household Appliances Sun, 28 Sep 2008 17:48:11 +0000 Read more]]> 2 What is Attic Black Mold and Why it’s Growing in Your Attic Sun, 03 Aug 2008 17:30:03 +0000 attic black moldThere are actually several different reasons that might be responsible for the mold to appear under the house roof... and sometimes compromise your real estate transaction. That is why attic evaluation and attic mold treatment (if you’re out of luck) should be performed before even putting your house on the market, and on regular basis.]]> Cathedral Ceiling Ventilation | House Attic Vents Tue, 11 Mar 2008 18:32:24 +0000 Depending on your house interior and roof framing design, cathedral ceiling ventilation can be treated as an independent, or attic ventilation related condition. As much as regular attic ventilation is an important part of your house maintenance routine and usually easy to perform, cathedral ceiling ventilation maintenance might be difficult or even impossible to do. Majority of problems with cathedral ceiling ventilation develop in structures where the ceiling framing, and roof framing are the same. What it means, that there’s no accessible attic between the ceiling and roof surface, only narrow, rafter / truss space which should be partially filled with insulation. [...]]]> 16 Attic Ventilation Requirements: How Many Attic Vents Does Your Roof Need? Mon, 10 Mar 2008 02:53:58 +0000 As long as you have an attic (most likely if your house has a pitched roof and none or partial cathedral ceilings), it should be accessible, and periodically checked for any abnormalities. Many of the home owners don’t even realize, that there’s an attic, and how important it is to maintain attic ventilation and [...]]]> 3 Attic Power Vent, Heat and Moisture Ventilation Solution Sat, 09 Feb 2008 01:51:27 +0000 attic ventilationAttic power vent fan blades are extremely sharp! When doing any type of maintenance work around it, make sure that power supply to the motor has been turned off! Most of those attic vents are controlled by a heat or humidity sensing switch and can become active / cause injury while you’re performing maintenance. Humming, muffled noise coming from above the ceiling during the summer is most likely an attic power vent, working hard to pull out hot air from under the roof (attic power vent should be placed close to the roof ridge – top, or installed as a gable [...]]]>