Category Archives: Buying/Maintaining a Home

Power Washing Shingles?

Posted by in Apparent Mold/Biological Growth, Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Shingles | June 07, 2014

Looking to high pressure wash (power wash) all that dirt, discoloration, mold growth, lichens, etc. off your shingles?  Have you seen advertisements in various local papers regarding high pressure washing shingles?  Here are a few observations. We have the experience… Read More

Winter Dampness

Posted by in Attic Ventilation, Buying/Maintaining a Home, Winter Concerns | February 24, 2014

  In our last blog we discussed the potential effects of the excessive dryness in homes this winter (2013-2014) in Northeast Ohio.  But as dry as the interior has been there is also an increase in damage from the increased… Read More

Winter Dryness

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Winter Concerns | February 17, 2014

  One of the local television news programs I watched recently broadcast a story regarding how our bodies were being dried out by the excessive operation of our home heating systems during the extremely cold temperatures.  The advice for this… Read More

The Importance of Cleaning Gutters – A Fall Reminder (Encore)

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Winter Concerns | November 11, 2013

Gutters collect roof runoff and drain it into a downspout where it is discharged at grade away from the dwelling or into an underground storm sewer line.  When debris from trees or small objects from a child’s play equipment collect… Read More

Collapsing Porch Slabs

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Concrete | March 18, 2013

  One of the more dramatic types of failures that I have investigated have been the collapse of front porch slabs (see photo above).  These occur when the concrete porch slab drops anywhere from a few inches to quite a… Read More

Buying a Home – Natural Gas Furnaces

Posted by in Archive 2004 thru 2011, Buying/Maintaining a Home | December 28, 2011

This article is part of a series of articles intended to help the reader better understand the construction and maintenance of a typical home in the Northeast Ohio area. It is written with current home owners and potential home buyers… Read More

Buying a Home – Structural Considerations

Posted by in Archive 2004 thru 2011, Buying/Maintaining a Home | December 28, 2011

Buying a home is probably the most expensive purchase a person or a couple will make in their lifetime. If one buys wisely, the home will not only provide shelter, comfort, and sanctuary from the rest of the world for… Read More