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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 safety.


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.


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)

194 Quizzes 

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.

Tom Pape

CPBC License 72384