Author Archives: Jerry Prugar

What is Undercutting of a Footing?

Posted by in Soil Issues, Structural terms | May 08, 2017

In the feature photograph we see where an excavation was performed near a wall.  The excavation is nearly alongside the wall and extends well below the bottom of the wall footing, which was about three feet below grade.  This type… Read More

A Primer on Basement Wall Distress (Encore May 1, 2017)

Posted by in Archive 2004 thru 2011, Basements, Buying/Maintaining a Home, Cracking, Foundations | May 01, 2017

So, you have found your dream home: perfect location, quiet street, great landscaping, room layout fits your life style, colors match your furniture. You can’t wait to relax on the screened patio or that swing on the large front porch.… Read More

Beware of the Flying Debris

Posted by in Wind Damage | April 24, 2017

We are often told about and shown the destructive power of a tornado, roofs dislodged, buildings partially dismantled, and even neighborhoods leveled.  These are real and life threatening, and we need to take cover when given a tornado warning. But… Read More

Intentional Damage? Or Something Else?

Posted by in Shingles | April 17, 2017

Not all shingle tabs that are creased or unsealed by hand lifting are done so with intention to damage.    During the replacement or repair of shingles, flashings, or other roof component, shingle tabs are often lifted and bent back to… Read More

Play Ball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | April 03, 2017

Wouldn’t this crown look good on our Tribe this year?     Go, Tribe!!!!!!!   For tickets to watch the run for the crown, go to the Cleveland Indians website.     Read More

The Importance of Crawlspace Ventilation

Posted by in Apparent Mold/Biological Growth, Foundations, Wood | March 27, 2017

The decay (and the foot step through the floor in the featured photo) seen here is characteristic of damage from prolonged exposure to excessive moisture. The severity of the decay indicates that the problem has been progressing over a period… Read More

Windy March Living Up to Its Reputation (March 1 & 9, 2017)

Posted by in Weather Events | March 09, 2017

If March seems to have been a windy month this year, you would be right.  Two of the first nine days of March boast of peak wind gusts up to 61 MPH recorded at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.  For those keeping track… Read More

Staining on the Interior & Exterior Faces of the Chimney

Posted by in Chimneys | February 27, 2017

What do we have here?  The staining on the siding at the chimney at first appears to be a case of roof leakage due to poor chimney flashing (See featured photograph.)  However, the moisture staining is relatively uniform with a white… Read More