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    Does Your Heater Smell Like Something is Burning?

    As we approach the winter months, we turn on our furnace or heater for our homes for the first time in months. Oftentimes, there is a burning smell associated with turning on the heater for the first couple of times. You might wonder why this happens and if this is normal. The answer is yes,… Read More »

    How to Choose Washing Machine Hoses for Your Washer

    Most homeowners don’t think about their washing machine hoses after they are first installed. Unfortunately, these inconspicuous and inexpensive plumbing components flood a lot of houses. Although it’s easy to grab the first set of washing machine hoses you see, it’s a good idea to review all of the choices. Selecting a good set of… Read More »

    CO and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Can Save Your Life

    Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas that is produced by burning fuels such as: propane, natural gas, oil, wood, charcoal, alcohol, kerosene, or gasoline — all of which are commonly used in your home, RV, boat, or business. Exposure to carbon monoxide can be deadly. Carbon monoxide interferes with the body’s ability to… Read More »

    What are GFCI Outlets and What Are Their Benefits?

    We’ve all seen those outlets with the little “test” and “reset” buttons on the face of the outlet.  These are called “GFCI” outlets.  The “GFCI” stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.   But what does that mean? And why are these types of outlets necessary? 1. They prevent electrical shock. GFCI outlets have sensors inside of… Read More »

    Watch Out For Buried Oil Tanks!

    As a homeowner, knowing what could be hidden beneath your home is just as important as what you can see on the surface. What many new property owners often don’t realize, however, is that there could be an old oil tank still buried underground, which could pose a serious hazard to the environment and their… Read More »

    Rain screen – The Solution to a Leaky Condo

        Leaky Condos   The term ‘leaky condo’ is pretty specific to the lower mainland and refers to many of the condo buildings built between the late 1980s and mid-1990s, though not limited to this era. It came about due to a construction boom that was occurring at that time. Designers from other parts… Read More »

    Top 7 Maintenance Tips To Keep Your Gas Furnace Running

    Your gas furnace needs to do you justice and serve you several years before you think about replacement or repair. However they will not take care of themselves unless you begin maintaining them and checking up on them frequently. If it is dirty, you as the user are supposed to know when to clean it… Read More »

    Pre-Purchase Inspection

    Are you buying a home? A pre-purchase home inspection can provide you with the information you needto know about the condition of the house you plan to purchase.

    Electrical and Wiring

    How to Choose Washing Machine Hoses for Your Washer

    Most homeowners don’t think about their washing machine hoses after they are first installed. Unfortunately, these inconspicuous and inexpensive plumbing components flood a lot of houses. Although it’s easy to grab the first set of washing machine hoses you see, it’s a good idea to review all of the choices. Selecting a good set of… Read More »

    Common Problems with Aluminum Wiring

    Aluminum wiring was commonly used from the mid-1960s until about1978. It was introduced because it was less expensive than copper. It was recognized from the start that aluminum wiring is not quite as good a conductor of electricity as is copper. As a result, 12-gauge aluminum was used in place of 14-gauge copper for a… Read More »

    Furnace Maintenance

    Top 7 Maintenance Tips To Keep Your Gas Furnace Running

    Your gas furnace needs to do you justice and serve you several years before you think about replacement or repair. However, they will not take care of themselves unless you begin maintaining them and checking up on them frequently. If it is dirty, you as the user are supposed to know when to clean it… Read More »

    Leacky Condos

    Rain screen – The Solution to a Leaky Condo

        Leaky Condos   The term ‘leaky condo’ is pretty specific to the lower mainland and refers to many of the condo buildings built between the late 1980s and mid-1990s, though not limited to this era. It came about due to a construction boom that was occurring at that time. Designers from other parts… Read More »

    Mold

    Everything you need to know about Mold

    No one wants to buy a house with a mold problem. Unfortunately, these sneaky little spores aren’t always easy to detect. If you’re house hunting, make sure that you get your house professionally inspected prior to the purchase, your home inspector may see obvious signs of mold or water damage. Zinc Inspections offers a variety… Read More »

    Oil Tanks

    Watch Out For Buried Oil Tanks!

    As a homeowner, knowing what could be hidden beneath your home is just as important as what you can see on the surface. What many new property owners often don’t realize, however, is that there could be an old oil tank still buried underground, which could pose a serious hazard to the environment and their… Read More »