Do Climbing Vines Damage Exterior Walls?

Many homeowners may find leave-clad houses are attractive, some may be worried about problems with growing plants up the wall.
Self-clinging climbers such as common ivy support itself by growing aerial roots and penetrating cracks or crevices. These invasive roots can cause…

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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Springtime is the season with longer daytime and warmer weather. This is the time of year when homeowners give their homes the “spring cleaning”.
It is also the time to assess any damage and take appropriate actions. If you have no idea where to start with, we have prepared a spring maintenance checklist so you know how to keep your home in optimal condition for the rest of the year.

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Clues to Buried Fuel Oil Tanks

If you are buying a Vancouver house built prior to 1970, be aware there is a high probability of a buried oil tank. An underground oil tank could affect your insurance and mortgage. The associated environmental impact could cost you up to a hundred thousand dollars for remediation. Buried oil tank creates a huge liability for the homeowner and you, the buyer. In Vancouver…

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Snowmelt Season

The snowmelt season is one of the biggest challenges for roofs throughout the year. It can be a test for both the drainage capacity of the roof and the bearing capacity of the overall building structure. Melting snow on the roofs not only increases the potential for ice dams, but the tremendous amount of water transformed from it also brings a huge load on the roof drainage system…

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Leaky Condo and How to Avoid it

If you are considering buying a condo in the Vancouver area, be aware that there is still a number of leaky condo in the market, despite lots of them have been remediated. You need to be very cautious or you will be buying into lots of trouble because the cost to remediate the ongoing structural and moisture issues associated with leaky condo is astronomical…

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How Do You Know If Your Skylight is Leaking?

Skylight is an excellent source of natural light to our home, however, they are also known as one of the most troublesome roofing details. Sometimes they leak when they are not properly installed, or their flashing is damaged. Such case water can get underneath the roofing, leak out around the skylights and cause serious damage…

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