How to re-grout tiles

During home inspections,tile and grout problems are fairly common. Leaving your deteriorated grout can cause broken tiles, and damage the material behind the tiles especially in the shower or other wet areas.

This video gives a comprehensive step by step on some ways that you can fix that old or missing grout. I like this video particularly because not only does it go over removing grout with a hand tool, but also touches on a way to deal with larger jobs using and electric tool. The electric tool that he is using can be purchased from $80 to $200. In fact I just purchased the one shown hear. I did have a no name brand one before, however the Rockwell version is much more impressive. When you are looking at these, generally the higher the amp rating, the better. The spacific


On to the how to re-grout tiles video:



If you are doing this kinda work all the time you would be better off with the diamond blade, however if you are just doing one job you will be good with the carbide blade.


Word Of Caution About Whole Home Humidifier

We have all been there and experienced that really dry feeling in the dead of winter. During home inspections I often come across humidifiers which are attached to the HVAC(furnace).

Unfortunately during my home inspections I usually see units that are unmaintained like the one pictured below. This is a picture of a hvac humidifier taken during a home inspection in Niagara Falls Ontario.

This is a picture of a hvac humidifier taken during a home inspection in Niagara Falls Ontario.

Being unsightly and calcified is the least of our worries. The way these systems work is that air leaving your furnace passes over this wet sponge. Sometimes it is not a sponge, sometimes it is water running down a mesh plate. Either way this water has been left standing all summer. There are bacteria and moulds that are growing in here so when the furnace or central air is turned on, all the air your home will pass over this mess!

Things like legionnaires’ disease, a type of pneumonia, is caused by bacteria called Legionella, find this a great place to grow among other things.


Personally I just put up with a little dryness in the winter and don’t use a humidifier. However if you have one of these I encourage you to inspect and maintain it, or have it disconnected.

Here is a great video that goes over some maintenance tips for your humidifier. This humidifier is different then the one I have shown you above, however the same idea applies, keep it clean and follow manufactures suggestions.

During a home inspection this is one of the many things that we look at to make sure your home is safe and reliable for you.

Door security

This is a low cost way to improve you home security that is often overlooked. As home inspectors we do keep an eye out for security issues like broken or missing window locks. When you see the size of the screws that some of the doors come with, its hard to believe that they often hold doors in place which are used daily.

If you are moving in to a new home you can always ask the home inspector to check these things for you.


My Basement Leaks What Do I Do?



Before you call in a foundation contractor there are a few things that you can do that might resolve the problem.

  • Clean gutters: When it rains, clogged gutters can overflow and rainwater can pool around the foundation. Clean leaves and debris out of the gutters and install downspout extenders to direct water away from the home will help prevent the soil around your house from becoming saturated.
  • Improve grading: It’s important to make sure surrounding soil is pitched away from the house so that water drains toward your yard, not your foundation.
  • Clean the window wells: leaves and other debris can cause the drain to clog and allow water to seep into your basement.
  • If you have a basement walk out with a drain on the exterior, it is important to make sure that this area is kept free from debris. Remove the plate and see if the line looks clear. Leaves and other debris can cause the drain to clog and allow water to seep into your basement.
A Blocked Outside Drain Can Cause Flooding And Damage

If you are in the Niagara/Hamilton area we can check you basement using thermal imaging and a moisture meter to help locate the problem.

Questions And Answers, Tips & Tricks For Home Owners


Here we will try to help homeowners with some common questions and answers. Check back once in a while and see whats new. If you have a question or topic idea, then please leave a comment.

From a home inspectors point of view.

As a Home Inspector in Welland I work in the greater Niagara, Hamilton areas. I come across some strange and sometimes scary things as well as comical. Below are some topics and things as a home inspector that I feel home owners will benefit from. A great resource for first time home buyers, and of course, my customers in Welland, Hamilton and Niagara Falls.:)

If you are one of my clients, you may find links in your inspection report that will bring you to these topics.