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We are Deck People Here on the Westcoast

We all love our decks and can't wait to get out on them in the sunshine and have barbeques, cookouts and parties.
But here's the question:
How safe is the deck?
We never think about that when we are snapping caps and embibing in a Mohito do we?

When I do house inspections the major systems are considered and inevitably "Life Expectancy" is stated.
We look at windows and roofing as having a life expectancy but we don't usually state "Life Expectancy" with decks probably because we consider it integral with the house. But it's not. The deck may have been replaced at some time because exposed wood rots, period. It is just a matter of when.
I am very sensitive to this issue and ensure that I have spent a good amount of time examining the deck inspection goes far beyond the ascetics of a great looking deck to thinks as fundamental as "How is it fastened to the house?" It makes a significant difference.
Below is a video interview the highlights my concerns .
This is food for thought.
Wouldn't you agree.
Please access the video interview below.
Now go out and enjoy the long summer days.




When we think of Carbon MonoxidePoisoning with think about cars being left running in the garage for aprolonged period of time . But the reality is that Carbon Monoxide (CO) isactually a by-product of combustion whether from a car, a wood fireplace, gasappliances and/or furnaces. The important requirement is effective venting ofthe Carbon Monoxide .Whether out the chimney or by opening the home's doors ,ventingneeds to happen.

What about the other ďdetectorsĒ sold atretailers and home centers?

Infants, children, elderly, peoplewith respiratory or heart ailments are provided little or no protection fromdeadly CO with standard alarms. Long-term exposure to low-level CO above 15 ppmcan cause illness and even permanent disabilities.

Store-bought detectors donít alarmuntil unsafe levels of 70 ppm or higher are present at the unit for 3-1/2hours! By then it may be too late. Plug-in models donít always allow for properplacement and donít work during power outages.

I have heard from experts in thefield that the reason the alarm level was set at 70 ppm was because the callsfrom home owners reporting the low-level alarms were so numerous that the FirstResponders were run off their feet. The challenge was taht when they arrived atthe home  and opened the doors in thehouse the dilution by fresh air made it almost impossible to identify thesource without extensive testing.


Are low-level CO monitors available?

There are low-level monitor senses COlevels as low as 5 ppm (parts per million).One model is the NSI-3000 (This isnot a commercial endorsement, rather just one model that is available). Low-LevelMonitors are more expensive but isnít that a small price to pay for your familyíssafety.


However, there is help out there.Certified personnel have CO Monitors that can seek out the source of CarbonMonoxide. I recommend that all homes have CO inspections done on all COgenerating equipment and appliances. Once the source is identified it can berectified and your home will be safe again. Regular scheduled maintenance willprotect 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