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Forum: Ottawa 2022-05-25, 07:19 AM
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I am having trouble interpreting the picture you provided, as I cannot differentiate what is the foundation and what is the concrete slab. Can you please upload some additional photos to better show...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-05-25, 07:15 AM
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I am having trouble interpreting the picture you...

I am having trouble interpreting the picture you provided, as I cannot differentiate what is the foundation and what is the concrete slab. Can you please upload some additional photos to better show...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-05-25, 07:12 AM
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I am having trouble interpreting the picture you...

I am having trouble interpreting the picture you provided, as I cannot differentiate what is the foundation and what is the concrete slab. Can you please upload some additional photos to better show...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-05-25, 07:11 AM
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I am having trouble interpreting the picture you...

I am having trouble interpreting the picture you provided, as I cannot differentiate what is the foundation and what is the concrete slab. Can you please upload some additional photos to better show...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-05-25, 07:10 AM
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I am having trouble interpreting the picture you...

I am having trouble interpreting the picture you provided, as I cannot differentiate what is the foundation and what is the concrete slab. Can you please upload some additional photos to better show...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-05-25, 07:08 AM
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I am having trouble interpreting the picture you...

I am having trouble interpreting the picture you provided, as I cannot differentiate what is the foundation and what is the concrete slab. Can you please upload some additional photos to better show...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-05-12, 08:14 AM
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My first piece of advice would be that you've...

My first piece of advice would be that you've been managing your indoor humidity. For a Tarion warranty claim to be made in your favour, you need to be able to establish that you're doing all...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-03-22, 07:58 AM
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I do not perform any inspections until after...

I do not perform any inspections until after construction is complete and my clients have taken possession of the home. Prior to the date of occupancy, the home is a work-in-progress, so...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-03-22, 07:54 AM
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This inspection is often termed as the "framewalk...

This inspection is often termed as the "framewalk visit" by many builders. This was never intended to be a point of inspection by the builder; the intent was as a customer service visit to go over...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-03-09, 03:57 PM
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Leaks through foundation walls are covered under...

Leaks through foundation walls are covered under the Tarion warranty up to the end of the 2nd year from the date of possession. You can always contact the builder's customer service to see if they...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-02-22, 07:51 AM
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It would appear that this would be not warranted...

It would appear that this would be not warranted by Tarion based on the crack width being less than 2mm and the claim being made past the 1-year warranty claim period.

If the crack were greater...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-02-21, 10:13 AM
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Cracks can be expected to occur in veneer masonry...

Cracks can be expected to occur in veneer masonry due to cyclic moisture absorption and drying. The most common locations masonry window ledges, masonry below door sills, and brick above window and...
Forum: Ottawa 2022-01-28, 03:13 PM
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During prolonged cold spells like we're...

During prolonged cold spells like we're encountering, I find frost on the roof sheathing as well as frost on roofing nails. It will be most prominent and persistent on roof surfaces that are not...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-12-29, 08:06 AM
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Once framing starts, the builder's objective is...

Once framing starts, the builder's objective is to complete the "building envelope" as soon as possible to protect against water damage and seasonal weather conditions. In the case of your home,...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-12-29, 07:12 AM
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With respect to the trusses being wet from...

With respect to the trusses being wet from on-site weather conditions, there should be no problems going forward. This is the most likely scenario, and after the trusses are installed with the roof...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-12-28, 07:30 AM
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Probably the best time to assess the trusses is...

Probably the best time to assess the trusses is when they are dry. If the trusses have been outside and exposed for a period of time exceeding a month, I would be concerned about water damage. Best...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-08-20, 08:35 PM
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Can you contact me by email? My email address is...

Can you contact me by email? My email address is services@ackerhome.ca. I would like to go over the photos I took during the inspection.

If the water does not flow off the roof, then this would...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-07-01, 12:35 PM
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During construction, water leaks during rain can...

During construction, water leaks during rain can occur when all aspects of the exterior installation of cladding and sealing are not completed. Water damage can occur to certain components involved...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-06-21, 09:30 PM
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Try this link:...

Try this link: https://ottawa.ca/en/planning-development-and-construction/building-and-renovating/do-i-need-building-permit/driveways-and-laneways
Forum: Ottawa 2021-06-21, 07:46 AM
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You would need to talk to the City of Ottawa...

You would need to talk to the City of Ottawa bylaw department or your councilor, Jan Harder, for information, as installing interlock adjacent to driveways is outside my realm of knowledge.

As I...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-05-18, 10:00 PM
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No, the only reasonable means of reviewing is to...

No, the only reasonable means of reviewing is to remove the soils down to the footings and open up the waterproofing membrane. This type of action would be necessary only if there was some adverse...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-05-17, 08:49 PM
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Because of the driving time, I typically decline...

Because of the driving time, I typically decline inspection appointments in Rockland, as the drive time for me would be about an hour each way from my home base in Stittsville. I will occasionally...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-05-17, 08:40 PM
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The condition you are observing is called...

The condition you are observing is called "honeycombing", and as shown in the photo, it's at the location where the foundation wall sits on the footings. To construct the foundation wall, removable...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-05-06, 05:29 PM
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I see the that there's a sump pump, sump pit, and...

I see the that there's a sump pump, sump pit, and battery backup for the sump pump. I suspect this is related to the storm water connection to the storm sewer. The rock and debris throws me off,...
Forum: Ottawa 2021-04-18, 10:15 AM
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The number of vent stacks showing above the roof...

The number of vent stacks showing above the roof does not necessarily tell you something is missing in the plumbing system arrangement. For most homes, there is only one plumbing stack vent above...
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