Category Archives: Buying/Maintaining a Home

Cracking from Lintel Lift on a Single-Family Dwelling

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Cracking, Masonry | May 18, 2015

The above photograph shows a pronounced stairstep crack emanating from the upper corner of a window in a brick wall on the gable end of a single-family dwelling.  By pronounced I mean obvious, easily seen. In the subject case, a… Read More

“I’ve Never Seen Any Shingles Like THIS Before!”

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Shingles, Structural terms | May 11, 2015

“I’ve never seen any shingles like THIS before!” We have heard this comment more than a few times, even from roofers.  What was being referred to are the shingles seen in the feature photo and Figures WRS-1 and WRS-2.  These… Read More

Inadequate Roof Flashing

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Construction & Shortcuts, Roof, Shingles, Water Sources | April 27, 2015

We are often contacted to evaluate the source of moisture or water that is causing apparent mold growth, decay, moisture staining, or another type of water damage.  Sometimes the cause of the moisture or water source is a little easier… Read More

Deicing Salts and Concrete

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Concrete, Winter Concerns | March 09, 2015

Although a concrete pavement is hard it is also like a sponge, that is, it absorbs water and the waterbourne chemicals.  We all have seen this while washing our vehicle when water spray soaks into the concrete before it begins… Read More

This Doesn’t Look Right

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Wood | January 26, 2015

“If it doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t,” it one of my favorite saying.  I started saying that after numerous times of seeing something that didn’t look quite right, and upon further examination I found that it wasn’t.  That is… Read More

What Happens When Battery Acid is Spilled on Concrete?

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Concrete | January 12, 2015

It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, “What should you expect?” Concrete is a relatively indestructible material.  When a liquid is accidently spilled on it, wipe it up, and there seems to be no apparent damage.  Often times kitty… Read More

Indestructible?

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, The Unusual | November 03, 2014

I recently read that studies were being done to determine whether or not the fractured granite at Mt. Rushmore had been affected by the increased air pressures of nearby fireworks set off annually by the National Parks on the 4th… Read More

Time to Check Those Roofs for Debris

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof | June 23, 2014

Even though it is already well into June 2014 we are still finding roofs with accumulations of debris from last fall and winter.  Come on, my friends, it is time to get those valleys and gutters cleaned of debris!  Roofs… Read More