Nel and Tom have been living in their home for nearly 10 years without any issues but after two big custom homes are built on either side the problems start flooding in. Water is pouring into their basement and they don't know how to stop it. The homeowners are ready to blame the builders that built their neighbors' homes. But after taking a closer look, Mike notices that their 60-year-old house and property are in desperate need of some TLC. What starts as a simple foundation repair turns into damage control when Mike and his team uncover an electrical nightmare.
Mel and Lisa bought their house 3 years ago, which at the time was only 5 years old. A jack of most trades, Mel did the home inspection himself and concluded the house just needed a fresh coat of paint. But the truth starts to seep through after a heavy storm and they discover that their exterior walls have turned to mush. The Holmes team has its hands full when they start to peel back the layers are shocked by what they find, a problem that threatens an entire neighborhood!
Randy and Carleen bought a brand-new house to avoid the headaches and worries of an older home but they soon discover that newer doesn't always mean better. Since day one they have had nothing but problems and after countless attempts to contact the builder, their warranties expire leaving them on their own. Bringing in his team of pros, Mike Holmes proves that building beyond the minimum leads to maximum results.
Mike and his team come to the rescue of Sheila and Val, a couple scammed out of their money, their kitchen and their trust by a notorious contracting criminal who would occasionally do one good job to lure other unsuspecting clients. When Mike gets a closer look at the criminal's rap sheet he discovers he's still wanted by the law! It's a tough lesson and cautionary tale about how one good reference doesn't make a good contractor and how one good deed deserves another -- in classic Holmes style.
A barn with a botched roof is home to a group of rescued horses but the recently shingled roof starts to fall apart leaving dangerous nails on the ground the horses could step on. Mike arrives onsite with his team ready to install a new roof but discovers that every part of the barn needs work and without the needed repairs the horses could be sent to pasture. Mike and his crew renovate the stable from top to bottom, adding improvements like a water supply that doesn't freeze in the winter and a new flooring treatment that is also hoof-friendly.
In the aftermath of the worst flood in Alberta's history, Mike Holmes travels to the town of High River to help one family pick up the pieces of their flood-damaged home. But what he discovers he never expected. As Mike takes a tour of the area ravaged by the flood he realizes that most of the homes need to be completely torn down and rebuilt. When Mike and a team of volunteers start working on John and Gillian's home, they are all surprised by what they find: their home can be saved thanks to the mold-resistant products used in its construction.
Lynn moved into her story townhouse just over a year ago when she noticed water pooling on her rooftop deck. She hired a reputable contractor to fix the problem but all it took was just one rainfall and the water started to pour in. Her insurance company takes care of the cosmetic damages but never fixes the problem. Fearing it could all happen again, Lynn contacts Mike Holmes who discovers a hole in the waterproof membrane. Unfortunately, it's just the tip of the iceberg and Mike and his crew have to peel back a number of layers to make this job right and watertight.
Kelly and Cara thought they'd found the perfect home with enough space for their son, Ben. The home inspector mentioned there was mold in the attic, and being a natural Ms. Fix-it, Cara figured she could do the work herself. After living in the home for a year, Cara decided it was finally time to deal with the problem. Two days later she started having trouble breathing and after two weeks she passed away due to mold in her lungs. Mike Holmes steps in to investigate the attic and to finish the work that Cara started, making this home safe for Kelly and Ben.
After an arsonist sets fire to her house, Chili is stuck between a rock and a hard place when her insurance company pressures her to choose one of their preferred contractors. The alarm bells are ringing when the contractor's solution is to paint over all the soot and damage, ignoring all of Chili's concerns. Feeling that the insurance company is not working in her best interest, she sticks to her guns and does not sign the authorization form that would allow the contractor to work on her home, and as a result the job is left at a complete standstill. Chili contacts Mike for help and he's determined to make it right.
After an arsonist sets fire to her home, Chili is stuck between a rock and a hard place when her insurance company pressures her to choose one of their preferred contractors. When the alarm bells keep going off in her head, Chili decides not to sign the authorization form that would allow the contractor to work on her home, and instead contacts Mike who assesses the damage and quickly decides that the entire house needs to be repaired. In order to fully understand what Chili went through and what she needs to make her home safe, Mike visits the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute and steps into the fire. Mike restores Chili's home along with her hope of a safe and secure future for her growing family.
Dan and Sarah bought their home two years ago with dreams of backyard bliss. They planned to extend the home's existing deck to create a more safe and usable space for their children to play. After admiring their neighbors' deck and receiving a quote that seemed too good to be true, they hired the same person for the job. By the time they realized the project was much bigger than anticipated -- and vastly underquoted -- it was too late to turn back. Dan and Sarah turn to Mike who arrives on deck just in time to make it right and avoid a major catastrophe.
The retaining wall on Elaine and Bert's property was starting to fail when a contractor working next door offers to help. As the work gets underway, it quickly becomes clear that the construction isn't up to par and finally an engineer confirms what they already suspect: their wall is the worst job they have ever seen. Their contractor completely gives up and literally picks up his tools and goes home. Mike Holmes takes over the job and shows exactly what can go wrong when you don't do the homework that leads you to the right professional.
When the City of Toronto faces a historic downpour, Gina's basement floods with water backing up from the City's sewage system. The remediation company hired by her insurance fails to follow the right protocols, putting Gina's son Joey at risk when he tries to clean up the mess himself. Mike arrives on site and discovers that Joey's grandfather was a self-taught carpenter, whose workshop was in the now-damaged basement. Mike does double duty when he restores this family's home, as well as the fond memories of a grandfather's love and true craftsmanship.
Jill and Mel hired a contractor who promised a second-story addition in 10 weeks for $125,000 dollars. A year and a half later, the addition is nowhere near complete and the contractor has disappeared but not before taking $170,000 of their money. Mike Holmes is called in and quickly discovers that he's dealing with one of the worst homes he's ever seen! Not only is it unfinished, it's totally unsafe. For every step forward, Mike and his team have to take two steps back in order to uncover what exactly was done and what it will take to salvage this home. And for the first time in Holmes history, Mike offers them a way out and Jill and Mel are forced to make a decision that no homeowner ever wants to make.
Jill and Mel hired a contractor who promised a second-story addition in 10 weeks for $125,000. Unfortunately they had to learn the hard way that a professional-looking contract doesn't equal professional work and when you don't spot the red flags, you get burned. Mike is called in but the news isn't good. This is one of the worst houses he has ever worked on. Not only is the addition completely unsafe but their entire home has also been compromised and it's going to take a lot to make it right. After sinking $170,000 into their renovation it's decision time for Jill and Mel.
Janice and George are offered a percentage of their contractor friend's business for $300,000, with $100,000 going towards renovations on their home. They take the opportunity but realize something is seriously wrong after weeks of shoddy work and a few red flags. Eventually, they discover that they are one of over 40 families that have fallen victim to an elaborate $15 million fraud. Their basement is destroyed, their savings are gone and their family's future hangs in the balance. Mike and his team are called in to make it right and help restore their trust and self-esteem.
Pam is a nurse who works countless hours at a brain injury center. When her family breaks apart she quickly finds a small home for herself and her kids. But as soon as they move in the problems start piling up. Everything from the sump pump and the venting to the kitchen and the yard needs fixing, but she's too busy supporting her family to do it herself. Her mother-in-law Aggie is so desperate to help she tracks down Mike Holmes, writes him a letter and delivers it straight to his mailbox. Mike agrees to do whatever he can to help and puts his son, Mike Holmes Jr. in charge of making it right for Pam.
Benny and Queenie bought a 9-year-old home for their growing family. Their home inspector said the second-story deck had some moisture but it was nothing to worry about -- all it needed was a fresh coat of paint. As soon as Benny begins working on the first piece of trim, the deck starts to fall apart. After receiving quotes between $35,000 and $50,000 to repair the damage they contact Mike Holmes to help save their home and their life savings. Mike and his team start taking it apart and discover that the builder did not build it to code. The structure is compromised with rotted wood and could collapse at any moment. Mike is beside himself and shows what happens when homes are built for looks and not for safety.
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