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Rural Property

Country and rural village properties have a distinct charm but they also come with special risks. It is essential to include property inspection in your offer to purchase a rural property. Rural homes range from new construction to century log or stone construction. Expect anything and everything from basements with dirt floors to innovative energy systems. Many rural homes have alternate heating and/or energy systems such as wood, pellet, wind, solar or photovoltaic. Most rural properties have a septic system and well. (Ground-source heat pumps may require an additional well.)

It is better to inspect septic systems when the ground is soft from late spring until frost in fall. Make sure your septic system inspector is qualified by Ministry of Natural Resources as an installer and inspector. Having the septic tank pumped at the time of the septic inspection will aid in the complete review of the septic system and may reveal problems with the tank or upgrades that could be made.

At the minimum you should test well water for bacterial contamination and have the septic system checked by a qualified installation inspector. The local health unit offers this service and can provide testing bottles and instructions. There more extensive tests available which will give you an overall greater appreciation of the substances that are in your well.You may also want a flow test. You may also want to include a full spectrum analysis of the water which will give you a more complete break down of the components in the water.

If members of your family are taking medication, the discharge may harm or kill the useful microbes in the septic system, reducing it’s effectiveness. If you wish more detailed testing, you will probably have to go to a private laboratory. Also, if the home has a water softener, you should ensure that there is an untreated supply for drinking water for testing. Discharge from the water softener should not connect to the septic system as the salts may damage the primary concrete septic tank and diminish the ability of the microbes to break down the organic matter in the septic tank.

For general guidelines on the inspection process, please see our FAQs section.

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Central Mortgage and Housing Canada (CMHC) www.cmhc.ca has a wealth of information on home ownership, some of which is noted below. CMHC is located at 800 Montreal Road in Ottawa. You may wish to e-mail or contact them by: telephone at 1-800-688-2642 1-800-688-2642, or by fax at 1-800-245-9274

Order No.

Series No.

Title from About the House Series

62027

CE 2

Measuring Humidity in Your Home

62028

CE 2

Combustion Gases in Your Home

62029

CE 3

Asbestos

62031

CE 5A

Understanding Window Terminology

62032

CE 6

Urea-Formaldehyde Foam Insulation (UFFI)

60515

CE 7

After the Flood

60516

CE 8

Fighting Mold: The Homeowner’s Guide

62043

CE 9

Maintaining Your HRV

60339

CE 10

Wood Heat Safety in an Emergency

62034

CE 13

Attic Venting, Attic Moisture, and Ice Dams

62039

CE 19

Insulating Your House

62041

CE 22

Your Furnace Filter

62046

CE 25

Carbon Monoxide

62045

CE 27

Choosing a Dehumidifier

62258

CE 28g

Repairing or Replacing Roof Finishes

62260

CE 28h

Repairing and Replacing Materials Exterior Walls

62266

CE 28k

Assessing the Comfort and Safety of Mechanical Systems

62268

CE 28L

A New Addition

62044

CE 29

Should you get your Heating Ducts Cleaned?

63322

CE 30

Water Damage, Mold and House Insurance

62839

CE 35

Hiring a Home Inspector

62896

CE 41C

Water Filters

63218

CE 47

Home Maintenance Schedule

63227

CE 48

Replacing Your Furnace

63637

CE 56

Preventing Falls on Stairs

63683

CE 58

The ABCs of Windows

63911

CE 59

Should You Test the Air in Your Home for Mold?

65013

AE3

Dealing with Power Outages

65050

AE4

Fire Safety

65041

AE5

Improving Your Security and Safety

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) also has useful information, some of which is listed following.

  • Dwellings: Energy Conservation
  • Consumers Guide to Buying Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors
  • Dwellings: Insulation
  • Insulation: Heat
  • Keeping The Heat In

 

 


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