renovation in progress was being done without a vapour barrier. All the
drywall had to come off so the vapour barrier could be applied - To avoid
moisture/mould/mildew developing in the walls.
This is a
picture of a closet wall extensively damaged by mould. The humidifier
on the furnace in this house was set at 60% plus. (Way too high. We recommend
25% max., winter only) This damaged wall in this closet is also
an exterior wall of this house. As a result, it is colder than the other
walls in the closet. Add to that, the fact that this closet also contains
the uninsulated access hatch to the attic, and you have a recipe for significant
condensation and the resulting mould and damage.
floor window at these stairs needs a railing to protect against someone
falling through the window three floors to the concrete walkway between
these homes. The window is a standard thermal window. It is not a plate
glass window. The railing should be installed in front of this window
immediately, for safety and legal liability sake.
fireplace vent goes through a closet filled with combustible clothes.
Obviously, no consideration was given to fire safety or the welfare of
the homes occupants. It is supposed to be contained inside a properly
spaced enclosure. This installation needs to be correctly and safely completed
by a qualified specialist, immediately.