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About Our Inspector

Larry Hogard is a Registered Home Inspector (RHI) with the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (, a Certified ASHI Inspector (CAI) with the American Society of Home Inspectors ( ), and a National Certificate Holder (NCH) with the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors ( ). Membership into these professional inspecting associations is earned by continuous educational and professional training. Larry is also a certified graduate of the Ontario College Home Inspection Program, a certificate holder of the Carson Dunlop Weldon Commercial Building Inspection Course, a sponsor member of the Thunder Bay Real Estate Board (, and a former Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Certified Home Energy Advisor.

A home or small commercial building inspection takes minimum 2-3 hours. The construction and condition of the building is inspected and assessed, and the operating systems are tested under normal operating conditions.

Larry encourages clients to attend inspections so he can point out and discuss any defects found. The inspection is summarized and emailed in an electronic report, including many photographs, illustrations and preventative maintenance recommendations. The report is also a document to refer to periodically as a reminder of future building maintenance.

Larry takes pride in taking time to inspect, and explain to clients, the conditions and issues relevant to the maintenance of the building. Call or text Larry Hogard at 807-620-3886 or email him at

About Superior Inspections Inc.

Superior Inspections Inc. provides prompt and professional home and commercial inspection services for Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. Every inspection is thorough and includes a full, detailed report on the condition of all the components of the home or commercial building. For further inspection details and pricing call or text 807-620-3886 or email

Basement Water Problems

Water is a home’s worst enemy and water damage can happen very quickly or over several years, and it’s usually very expensive to repair. Preventing a problem before it occurs is the best solution to potential water damage to your home.

            Almost all basements experience a water problem at one time or another. It can happen from heavy rain, a high water table, a plumbing leak or sewer backup, causing damage to walls, insulation, interior finishes and personal items. Cracks in basement walls can also cause water to enter into the home and, in extreme cases, affect the foundation structure. Signs of moisture in basements are staining, dampness, peeling paint, an odour, mould, loose tiles or efflorescence (a white, powdery salt deposit from concrete).

To help prevent water from collecting around the exterior of your home, all downspouts from eavestroughs should discharge water at least six feet away from the foundation. As well, the ground should slope away from the perimeter of the home at one inch per foot, for at least six feet. This will help direct surface water away from the building. Walks and driveways should also slope away from the home. Basement window wells should have drains or gravel filled columns that carry water to the drainage tile, or plastic covers that prevent rain from collecting in the well. Protecting foundation walls below grade with an exterior, damp-proof membrane is highly recommended where ground water is frequently present.

To protect the inside of your home, inspect all plumbing pipes and fixtures for signs of leaks, rust, corrosion or damage. Sump pumps and pits should be tested and inspected regularly to ensure ground water is redirected outdoors and away from the home. A battery-powered, back-up sump pump system can save you thousands of dollars in potential water damage during a power outage, or if the main pump fails.

Hot water tanks commonly leak. A floor drain should be located nearby, or else a drain pan is recommended under the tank, with pan walls at least two inches high and the pan volume larger than the tank. A backwater valve is designed to protect the home against storm sewer back-ups. It is a type of one-way check valve installed downstream of the floor drain trap.

Be sure to ask your insurance agent to clarify the types of water damage losses that will or will not be covered under your home policy. An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure when it means saving your home from water damage.

by Larry Hogard

Excerpts of this article originally published in The WallEye Magazine, Thunder Bay’s Arts and Culture Alternative, May 2012.