580 CFRA Renovations Saturday 8 am to 10 am

Join me, Phil Bottriell, every Saturday morning at 8 am for 2 hours of question and answers regarding your home.   Feel free to call and pose your ” how do I fix this” question.  Using my 25 years of experience as an inspector and my background in engineering I will try and provide you…

Ice Damming – Newer Addition

Ice damming is a common issue in late winter and early spring.  Common causes are poor attic venting and/or poor sealing and insulation to house. This picture is from a newer addition with poor attic space ventilation and a low slope roof.  The heat is escaping near the wall melting the snow which then freezes…

Tree Damage

Our recent drought conditions in Ottawa in 2012 resulted in extensive foundation damage due to trees.  Ottawa has a lot of homes and buildings constructed on very sensitive soils.  Sensitive soils contain high water content.  Tress continue to grow during the summer and a lack of moisture forces them to reach further and further underground  for…

Fireplace Recall

from: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2012/2012_142-eng.php The issue: Consumers are being advised to stop using Majestic brand fireplaces that bear the trade names Insta-flame or Northern Flame (Models FSDV22, FSDV30 and FSDV32, Series). The relief dampers may not function properly causing the excess gas to ignite and then the glass to explode when lighting the fireplace, posing a serious risk…