WHAT YOU NEED TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM DEADLY CARBON MONOXIDE
SOME FACTS TO CONSIDER.
When we think of Carbon Monoxide
Poisoning with think about cars being left running in the garage for a
prolonged period of time . But the reality is that Carbon Monoxide (CO) is
actually a by-product of combustion whether from a car, a wood fireplace, gas
appliances and/or furnaces. The important requirement is effective venting of
the Carbon Monoxide .Whether out the chimney or by opening the home's doors ,venting
needs to happen.
What about the other ďdetectorsĒ sold at
retailers and home centers?
Infants, children, elderly, people
with respiratory or heart ailments are provided little or no protection from
deadly CO with standard alarms. Long-term exposure to low-level CO above 15 ppm
can cause illness and even permanent disabilities.
Store-bought detectors donít alarm
until unsafe levels of 70 ppm or higher are present at the unit for 3-1/2
hours! By then it may be too late. Plug-in models donít always allow for proper
placement and donít work during power outages.
I have heard from experts in the
field that the reason the alarm level was set at 70 ppm was because the calls
from home owners reporting the low-level alarms were so numerous that the First
Responders were run off their feet. The challenge was taht when they arrived at
the home and opened the doors in the
house the dilution by fresh air made it almost impossible to identify the
source without extensive testing.
Are low-level CO monitors available?
There are low-level monitor senses CO
levels as low as 5 ppm (parts per million).One model is the NSI-3000 (This is
not a commercial endorsement, rather just one model that is available). Low-Level
Monitors are more expensive but isnít that a small price to pay for your familyís
However, there is help out there.
Certified personnel have CO Monitors that can seek out the source of Carbon
Monoxide. I recommend that all homes have CO inspections done on all CO
generating equipment and appliances. Once the source is identified it can be
rectified and your home will be safe again. Regular scheduled maintenance will
protect you from the hazards of Carbon Monoxide.
SO, WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A LICENSED HOME INSPECTOR
Just as all Real Estate Professionals embark on an exhaustive process to become licensed so to do Home Inspectors. Allow me to elaborate:
The process begins with registering for a recognized academic course offered either through a local educational institution (College) or as I did through virtual classroom learning through Carson Dunlop. Carson Dunlop actually wrote the book on Home Inspections. They are Home inspectors themselves so they " walk the walk ".
A 1 Year Commitment
5200 Pages minimum of reading in 10 modules
17 hours of practical videos
33 Exams (75% is a pass)
38 Field Exercises
580 Contact hours
Following successful completion of the Carson Dunlop Course comes the HIABC (Home Inspectors Association of British Columbia) mandatory requirements which are;
7 Closed book proctored exams covering all the modules learned in the Carson Dunlop Course. All requiring a 75% or greater average
The exams cover;
Standards of Practice
Next comes 50 hours of Field Inspections under the supervision of certified field trainers
Then we need to submit 5 additional inspection reports for perusal by HIABC and these reports are verified as acceptable to HIABC's exacting Standards of Practice .
The last part of the process is a Peer Review Inspection where the new inspector performs an inspection under the watchful eye of a Peer Review Inspector (Again qualified by HIABC and CPBC)
Once this step has been successfully completed the new inspector needs to apply to the Consumer Protection British Columbia for their license. All Home Inspectors need to be licensed by CPBC and are given a License number that should be visible on all literature, business cards, reports and correspondence as well as their personal ID Badge . This is your assurance that the Home Inspector has done everything required of him or her.
CPBC Requires all transcripts from the educational Institution and HIABC as well as a Criminal check.
At long last, the License is issued and we are now able to do Inspections.
This process takes 1 year and cannot be done any faster as per CPBC. From my own personal experience it became my full time job and required a full day's work ,every day, until completion.
So when a Home Inspector displays a CPBC License number (Mine is Tom Pape License 72384) you know that this journey is not for the "Faint of Heart" and takes total commitment.
I am proud of my achievement and am proud to provide stellar client service and world class Inspection Reports.
I hope that this article proves enlightening and I look forward to demonstrating the skills I have learned this past year.
CPBC License 72384