Author Archives: Jerry Prugar

Storm With Significant Sized Hail in New London (June 16 2016)

Posted by in Weather Events | June 16, 2016

What is significant?  Measurably larger than a quarter. FOX8 reported there was “large hail” in Huron County through the night. This is the threshold size for hail impact damage for three-tab composite asphalt shingles.  This does not mean there IS… Read More

What a storm we had yesterday (June 5, 2016)! – in some areas.

Posted by in Weather Events | June 06, 2016

It was reported that in Sandusky the Cedar Point Causeway is shut down due to power lines and utility poles being damaged.  Some Sandusky neighborhoods had trees toppled at the roots.  The latter are usually indicative of winds over 55… Read More

Siding Distorted by Heat

Posted by in Siding, The Unusual | May 16, 2016

On occasion we are called to look at siding that has been severely distorted over a small area (Figures 1 and 2).   What causes this?  Sometimes we have seen the distortion due to heat from a barbeque grill being… Read More

Hand Torn Shingles

Posted by in Roof, Shingles, Wind Damage | May 02, 2016

Most things are made better by hand, such as, automobile engines, pies, furniture, chocolate, etc. However, hand-made “wind damage” to shingles is an oxymoron. Here are a few examples of hand-torn shingles and their evidence of being hand torn.  Look… Read More

What Does a Landslide Look Like?

Posted by in Foundations, Soil Issues | April 25, 2016

What is a landslide?  A landslide is a mass of soil sliding down a hillside. Why would a mass of soil slide down a hill?  When a mass of soil on a hillside of embankment becomes unstable it slides down… Read More

What is a Lintel and What is Lintel Lift (or Rust Jacking)? (Encore)

Posted by in Masonry | April 18, 2016

For thousands of years the openings in brick and stone (masonry) walls have been topped with an arch to provide support for the masonry above. In arch construction, the masonry that forms the arch, is generally wedged in place. The… Read More

Evidence of a Roof Leak

Posted by in Roof, Water Sources | April 11, 2016

What caused damage to the drywall on this ceiling (Figure 1)? The damage is not due to a one time leakage.  It is just too severe for a one time ice dam. Climbing into the attic above the kitchen we… Read More

How Important is Wall Flashing?

Posted by in Masonry, Water Sources | April 04, 2016

Take a look for yourself. I spotted these water and dirt stains on the face of a brick wall.  The water and dirt stains are directly under the joint of the metal wall cap. The lap on the metal cap… Read More