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July 2016: Bathroom Inspections
Maintenance Matters
Be Safe in Your Summer Home Projects

Summer is a popular time for home remodeling and repair projects. Although you may achieve beautiful results, the process of home repair or an unexpected emergency fix can be stressful. The following tips will help you prepare for future projects:

Maintenance Matters

  • Keep a notebook of repairs. List the date the work was completed, the cost and company you used. This can be an asset when it comes to building buyers’ confidence if you decide to move, and it’s a quick resource when you need the next repair.
  • Mark electrical, water and gas shutoffs. If you plan to do the work yourself, make sure the appropriate utilities are turned off before you begin to work.
  • Take precautions before digging. In the U.S. call the Diggers Hotline at 8-1-1 if you plan to do any digging. In Canada call your local utility company. In both countries, area utility representatives will come out to mark the locations of underground utility lines so you can avoid hitting electrical lines, gas lines, telephone lines and cable service. One call can help prevent injury and costly property damage.
  • Keep a house savings fund. A good rule of thumb is to save 1 to 3 percent of the market value of your home each year for future maintenance.

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DID YOU KNOW?

The Effects of Humidity

Although people generally talk about comfort in terms of temperature, it’s more than that. In regulating indoor temperature, humidity — the amount of water vapor suspended in air at a given temperature — is a key factor. Relative humidity, a term often used by meteorologists, measures the water vapor the air is holding compared to how much it could hold. The measure is expressed as a percentage.

Relative humidity is important because the human body cools itself by sweating. The faster the moisture on the skin evaporates into the surrounding air, the “cooler” and more comfortable temperatures can seem. The higher the humidity in the air, the more saturated it is with water vapor, which reduces the speed at which sweat evaporates off the skin and makes temperatures more uncomfortable.

Of course, air that is too dry isn’t good, either. Generally, a range between 30 and 50 percent relative humidity is preferable. This prevents static-electric buildup and the skin from drying while still allowing for evaporation of water off the skin. When comfort is considered, humidity levels are important when selecting or modifying any heating or cooling system.

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FROM OUR BLOG

Should You Be Concerned About Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that is slowly released during the natural decay or breakdown of uranium in the earth, and it moves freely though any soil, rock and water. Because it is the heaviest gas in nature, radon can easily accumulate in high levels in the basement or poorly ventilated areas of a house or building.

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MONTHLY TRIVIA QUESTION

What are three of the most common toxins in homes?

Be the first to answer correctly and win a $10 Tim Horton’s gift card. Submit your answer to your local GPI inspector to find out if you’ve won.

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